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Physics/Physical Science Teacher Needed

Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine is currently looking for qualified part time (80%) Physics/Physical Science Teacher for the spring semester – January 2, 2018 – June 13, 2018.

Position Summary:

The teacher will plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. To attend and participate in daily school activities, School-sponsored after school, evening and/or weekend activities.

Qualifications (preferred):

Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
Relevant teaching experience
Knowledge of relevant technology

The position will be for up to 4 classes (80% position) for the spring semester – January 2, 2018- June 13, 2018.  These classes include: AP Physics 1, Physics, 8th grade Physical Science and Coding: Python.

To apply, go to: and attach resume/cover letter.

Please consider donating to SCAAPT

The Southern California Association of Physics Teachers is the oldest and largest organization of physics teachers in SoCal. Our traditional Spring and Fall Meetings enable physics teachers to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. Along with these popular events, we are expanding the wildly popular New Physics Teacher Workshops and can use additional support.  We have also recently established the SCAAPT Physics Library (books, lab equipment and other items) and can use financial and equipment donations to strengthen this resource for local teachers and students.

In order to serve our members better, we are a federally recognized non-profit organization which means that your financial donations are tax-deductible. We ask that you consider making a donation to SCAAPT so we may continue helping physics teachers and students throughout the region.

To donate online, visit the SCAAPT website.  If you prefer, you can mail a check to:

PO Box 11032
Newport Beach, CA

CSULB colloquium- Nov 27

California State University Long Beach
Monday, November 27, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
A Curious Supergravity Story
Prof. Zvi Bern Physics & Astronomy Department University of California Los Angeles

For the past 35 years nearly all theoretical physicists have believed that all quantum gravity theories based on Einstein’s general relativity necessarily must be ill defined. This is the well-known nonrenormalizability problem of gravity. But is it actually true in general? We describe recent calculations that cast doubt on this simple picture and show that quantum gravity is much tamer than believed possible. The new calculations make use of enormous advances in our ability to compute scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory, including exploiting nontrivial “double copy” relations between gravity theories and gauge theories.

Part-time PHYS and ASTR instructors wanted

MiraCosta College in north San Diego County is currently looking for qualified part-time physics and astronomy instructors for this spring. Classes begin January 22, 2018.

There are openings for the following courses:

ASTR 201: Introductory Astronomy, Tu/Th 1:30-2:45pm, Oceanside Campus
PHYS 151: Principles of Physics I, Tu/Th 7:30-10:15am, San Elijo Campus
PHYS 253: Principles of Physics III, Mo/We 2:30-5:15pm, San Elijo Campus

They are also accepting applications on an ongoing basis to increase our pool of available part-time physics instructors.

To apply, go to and click on “Search Postings” in the menu on the left. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Physics/Astronomy” under “Discipline or Department.”

Contact Erika Peters ( with any questions, and feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.

Resources for local teachers

The SCAAPT Physics Library is a collection of books, videos, and laboratory and demonstration equipment that is freely available to teachers of Southern California to borrow. Contact the librarian (James Lincoln) if you would like to check out items, donate equipment or get additional information.

High school physics free event at UCR

High School Physics Educators are cordially invited in a 1-day FREE event taking place at the UC Riverside Alumni Center on Saturday December 9, 2017.
This event is meant to be an opportunity to meet past participants of the UCR Summer Physics Academy and learn new strategies for your classroom.


Here are some of the anticipated topics:

Review of summer experience and feedback
New and improved resources for the HS physics classroom
Collaborative activity planning and Demo Sharing
Key note speakers:

Dr. Anderson- What Freshmen Need to be Prepared for Success in College Science Classes.
Dr. Barsukov Spintronics presentation and demos

Please, share this information with other physics educators.

CSULB Colloquium- Nov 13

California State University Long Beach
Monday, November 13, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
Density Functional Theory and its Applications to Physics and Chemistry

Dr. Kurt Fredrickson
Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)

Density functional theory (DFT) is a widely-used computational tool in academia and industry that has been successful in predicting a wide variety of physical phenomena. Its ability to balance computational cost and accuracy allows to it be used for a wide variety of technologically important properties at the atomic scale, such as band gaps, band offsets, and binding energies. In this talk, I will present my doctoral and postdoctoral work in DFT and its applications in physics, chemistry, and engineering, including interface modeling, chemical deposition, and catalysis. I will also mention its importance to industry and some applications to industrial problems.

Winter AAPT Meeting Registration Deadline

The 2018 AAPT Winter Meeting will be held January 6-9 in San Diego. Join your fellow SoCal colleagues at this wonderful international meeting of physics teachers. There will be wonderful plenary speakers, workshops, special activities and lots of networking opportunities.

The registration costs go up November 8.  Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate. Also, encourage your students (high school and college) to attend; their registration costs are very reasonable- free for high school and $45 for college.

The website has information about the plenary speakers, hotel reservations, involvement of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, and special events for High School and Two Year College teachers.

CSULB Colloquium- Nov 6

California State University Long Beach
Monday, November 6, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
Force Sensing by Bacteria
Prof. Albert Siryaporn
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Biology & Biochemistry
University of California Irvine

My lab explores how bacteria detect and respond to mechanical forces. During the course of an infection, bacteria encounter a variety of mechanical forces such as adhesive forces during contact with the host cells that they infect and shear stresses in fluidic environments. We have developed a biophysical approach to explore how bacteria interpret mechanical cues to detect the presence of host cells and to guide the expansion of large bacterial populations within host organisms. In particular, we found that the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa detects the presence of hosts using a mechano-sensitive mechanism, akin to a bacterial sense of touch. This response activates virulence and consequently P. aeruginosa, unlike other pathogens, relies on mechanical input rather than exclusively on chemical signals for infection. This model provides a long-sought explanation for understanding how P. aeruginosa can infect a broad range of hosts including humans, animals and plants. The ubiquity and diversity of mechanical forces in all aspects of a bacterium’s life have far-reaching consequences that we are just beginning to comprehend.

Adjunct Physics Instructors Wanted

The Division of Mathematics and Sciences of Rio Hondo College has an immediate need for an adjunct instructor for its instructional labs in the spring semester. One lab is for General Physics II: MW 12:50-2:15 pm; the other for Physics for Scientists and Engineers I: MW 4:00-5:25 pm. Classes begin on Jan. 29.

Apply at