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CSULB Colloquium- Sept 18

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
California State University, Long Beach
Monday, September 18, 2017 11:15am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCI-224)
Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets
Prof. Quinn Konopacky
Physics in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at UC San Diego

In the past decade, several new jovian exoplanets at wide separations have been revealed using ground based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics systems. These planets, with masses between ~2-14 MJup, remain a puzzle for both major planet formation models – core accretion and gravitational instability. At the same time, they offer a powerful tool in the hunt for observational constraints of formation, as they can be characterized with both imaging and spectroscopy. I will describe our recent efforts to push beyond the discovery phase into the realm of detailed characterization of these planetary systems. Using the Keck adaptive optics instrument suite, we have been targeting the HR 8799 multiplanet system. Astrometric monitoring with imaging over the course of a decade has allowed for orbital constraints in HR 8799 based on a self-consistent data set. This has allowed us to minimize systematic uncertainties and determine that the planets are likely co-planar and have low eccentricities. Spectroscopic observations of HR 8799b and c have yielded the best-ever spectra for any exoplanet. Using these observations, we have measured the C/O ratio in these planets, which can be used as a diagnostic of formation. Finally, I will discuss a new discovery with the Gemini Planet Imager of a substellar companion to a debris disk host star, HR 2562.  This object seems to have the mass of a brown dwarf (~30 MJup), but orbits within a cleared inner hole in the debris disk. Future observations of the planet and disk could point to evidence of a “planet-like” formation process for this companion in spite of its high mass.

Teaching Colloquia

LMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence is sponsoring a visit by Nobel Laureate and distinguished educational researcher Carl Wieman.  To be assured of seating, please RSVP to: teachers@lmu.edu.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Life Science Auditorium
Loyola Marymount University
4:00 – 5:30 pm

Advances in research on learning and teaching and their relevance to the evaluation of teaching

While there has been enormous progress in the knowledge and research methods in academic disciplines over the past 500 years, the teaching has remained largely medieval. This is starting to change, as there has been great progress in research on teaching and learning in the past few decades. When the insights from this research have been implemented in university classrooms, dramatic improvements in learning have been seen when compared to traditional lecture instruction, particularly on tests that capture how well the student is able to make decisions like an expert in the subject. Although the classroom studies have mostly been carried out in science and engineering, they are based on fundamental cognitive psychology/learning science principles that apply quite generally. This research makes a strong case that the extent of use of effective research-based teaching methods is a much better predictor of student learning and success than other methods for evaluating teaching. I will briefly review these advances in research on teaching and learning, and then discuss practical means to characterize teaching practices used in individual courses, followed by an open discussion.

 

Carl Wieman received the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for creating an incredible new state of matter, the Bose- Einstein condensate. He was named US Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 2004. Carl used his Nobel Prize money to create the popular PHET website, which provides numerous simulations in […]

Tenure Track Position

The Physics and Astronomy Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in experimental biophysics, broadly construed including biophotonics, biomaterials, and closely-related areas of material science and condensed matter physics, to begin in August 2018.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach both introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in physics, as well as engage in publishable research involving undergraduate students.  Applicants must obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, or a closely-related field by August 2018.  Previous college teaching experience (at least at the teaching assistant level) and the ability to establish an independent research program are required.  The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and/or service, and be committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The application deadline is November 27, 2017.

Further information about the position and application process can be found on the CPP department website.  In case of questions, please contact Dr. Hector Mireles, Chair, at hcmireles@cpp.edu or Ertan Salik, Search Committee Chair, at esalik@cpp.edu.

 

AAPT Winter Meeting Abstracts due

AAPT is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 AAPT Winter Meeting, which will be January 6-9 at Town and Country San Diego.

Hurry! Abstracts will be accepted until September 13.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to give a give a talk or present a poster at the premiere physics educator’s conference in North America.Why Submit an Abstract?

Discuss new innovative teaching methods with your colleagues
Network with other physicists from around the world and have some fun
Showcase your research, exchange ideas and swap best practices
Become an active meeting participant, while increasing you and your institution’s visibility
Enhance your CV by having your abstract published in the meeting program

Submit an Abstract: Please click here to submit an abstract.

 

Given that this meeting is in SoCal, everybody should plan on attending and presenting at this wonderful meeting. The 2018 AAPT Winter Meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for members, colleagues, and future physicists (don’t forget to encourage your students to attend!) from around the world to learn new physics education techniques.

California Science Educators Needed

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are currently seeking California science educators to participate in a Science Standard Setting Conference for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) program. Each standard setting panel is scheduled to meet for one-day, in Sacramento, California. The fields and dates are listed below:

Multiple Subjects Subtest II (Science), Monday, October 2, 2017
 Science Subtest II: Physics, Monday, October 2, 2017
Science Subtest II: Chemistry, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Science Subtest II: Life Sciences, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Science Subtest II: Earth and Space Sciences, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Science Subtest I: General Science, Friday, October 6, 2017

The purpose of the conference is for panel members to make recommendations that will be used, in part, by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in setting the passing standard, for each field, in support of the updated California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

If you are interested in participating, please complete an application here for consideration. Please click here to nominate other educators.

 

Eligibility:

Public school educators who are:

certified in California, and
currently practicing (or have practiced within the last school year) in one or more of the fields listed above.

College faculty who are:

teacher preparation personnel (including education faculty and arts and sciences faculty),
practicing (or have practiced within the last school year) in one or more of the fields listed above, and
preparing teacher candidates in an approved California teacher preparation program.

Benefits of Participation Include:

Receive substitute reimbursement for their school (public school educators only),
Have the opportunity to make a difference in California teacher development and performance,
Have the opportunity for professional growth and collaboration with educators in their field,
Be reimbursed for their travel and meal expenses, and
Be provided with hotel accommodations, if necessary.

For more information, you may visit our website at www.carecruit.nesinc.com/cset/index.asp

If you have any questions or need further […]

New Physics Teacher Workshops

Welcome back! We will be having two New Physics Teacher Workshops in September and you should go to one or tell a friend about them.

SEPTEMBER 9 @ USC
Newtonian Mechanics for High School
Fabulous Demo Material Giveaways

SEPTEMBER 16 @ CSU San Marcos
Newtonian Mechanics for High School
Fabulous Demo Material Giveaways

Pick one of these workshops and RSVP Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15hN6KdsvgYVDrNiIv9LkOs2BJmnbDeOr93hYsOPN0H8/

As always you will be given tonnes of free stuff and you’ll be shown amazing demos and get hands-on lab experience.  Plus, each participant actually receives almost all the stuff we demonstrate.
Free Workshop!  Free Materials!! Free Lunch!!! FREE PARKING!!!!
Don’t worry, it’s all free, even the breakfast, yum.  Best of all, you will be instructed by experienced teachers from SCAAPT and network with other local new teachers.

Be sure to RSVP above and don’t forget to SHARE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT with a friend who can benefit from it!

Physics Lab Manager Wanted

The University of La Verne seeks an individual with exceptional organizational skills and proven technical experience to manage the physics program’s laboratory facilities, to provide instructional support to physics classes, to supervise student teaching assistants and to provide technical support for faculty and student research.  The Physics Laboratory Manager position is a full-time, administrative-professional position starting immediately. It is eligible for benefits that include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy, engineering or a related field and three years of professional experience involving laboratory work or a graduate degree in physics, astronomy or a related field. In addition, applicants must have a broad knowledge of physics and expertise in experimental techniques used in undergraduate teaching laboratories; excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven supervisory skills; experience troubleshooting and maintaining scientific equipment; and experience designing and building basic electronics projects.

Experience with one or more of the following is desired: digital data acquisition platforms such as LabView or Matlab, microcontroller electronics such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi, CNC milling machines, lathes, laser cutters, 3D printers, vacuum systems, lasers, control systems, physics education research, public outreach, design and fabrication of physics lecture demonstration.

The University of La Verne is an accredited private institution of higher education located 35 miles east of Los Angeles at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  La Verne is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator, committed to excellence, and actively strives for cultural diversity. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should apply through the […]

Robotics Coach Wanted

Harvard‐Westlake seeks a part time robotics coach (approximately 25 hours per week). The coach will be the primary advisor for the team and will supervise the team after school three days per week (3 to 4 hours each afternoon) as well as on the weekends (approximately 4 to 5 hours day). The Harvard‐ Westlake Robotics team participates in VEX robotics competitions throughout the year. In the past two years, teams have qualified for the VEX World Championships in the spring. In 2016‐2017, the team participated in 16 weekend competitions throughout the year, and the coach will be the primary supervisor at these competitions. The coach will also be responsible for submitting any trip paperwork to the school in a timely fashion. On the weekends, a second coach also helps, and this coach also attends many of the competitions with the students. Both coaches will foster a positive team dynamic as well as provide technical support as the students work on the robots.

Knowledge of high school robotics and robotics generally. Knowledge of VEX robotics a plus. Introductory engineering and computer programming knowledge is required to help the students build and maintain the robots. An ability to work with teenagers as a coach/mentor is essential. The ability to create a positive, cohesive team dynamic is as important as the technical knowledge. Qualified applicants will most likely have some engineering background. Bachelor’s degree preferred though candidates with appropriate work experience will be considered.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to jobs@hw.com

Physics lab instructor needed

Citrus College in Glendora has an immediate opening for a physics lab instructor during the WINTER 2018 semester (a 6-week intercession).  PHYS 110 is a general education course for non-science majors emphasizing physics in everyday life.

The course runs from January 9, 2018 through February 15, 2018 and meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am-noon.

If you are interested in teaching, please contact Chris Pagano via email (cpagano@citruscollege.edu) or phone (626-914-8789) for more details.

Project Manager wanted

The Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE (California Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education) programs invite applications for a Project Manager to provide leadership, administrative, and operational management support for all aspects of both programs, including supervising any additional personnel hired by the programs. The Project Manager will provide national leadership in developing, organizing, and implementing elements of the Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE programs, which have a shared goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and women receiving doctoral degrees in astronomy and physics.

Applicants must have at least a master’s degree (PhD preferred), with a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in the natural sciences or engineering. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience with issues faced by underrepresented groups in natural sciences or engineering (knowledge of effective practices in supporting minority students desired); ability to read and synthesize relevant literature; and excellent organizational, inter-personal skills, and written and verbal communication skills. Experience with program administration is desired.

Applicants should e-mail their complete applications to Dr. Alexander Rudolph, Program Director, at alrudolph@cpp.edu, including (in PDF format) a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Foundation are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial, and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Included Benefits:
Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and a retirement program currently offered through CalPERS.