Meeting of the Idaho-Utah Section
The Idaho-Utah Section of the AAPT held its annual meeting,
March 28-29, 2008, at the College of Western Idaho, Nampa, Idaho.
Gary Hunt, section president elect, organized the meeting.
Many thanks to Gary for a very successful event!
American Association of Physics Teachers
Nampa, Idaho, March 28-29, 2008
Our meeting was held jointly with the Idaho Academy of Science (IAS),
although our sessions were held separately.
There were 33 attendees (those who paid the registration fee).
These included 13 students, 3 high-school teachers, and 17 college
and university faculty.
There were total of 19 oral presentations given in four sessions (one on Friday and
three on Saturday). one session on Friday and three
sessions on Saturday. These included
5 students, 1 high-school teacher, 11 college and university faculty, and
2 presentations from Gary Bennett of Metaspace Enterprises. There was also a poster
session held jointly with IAS on Friday, at which two AAPT student posters were
Physics Demonstration Show
Friday evening, following a no-host dinner at a local Italian restaurant,
we gathered for a physics demonstration show. The following are video clips
from the show:
Our thanks to Adam Beehler for taping and editing these videos.
We conducted our business meeting following lunch, which was catered and held jointly
We held elections of section officers. The officers of our section are now
constituted as follows:
- President: Gary Hunt, Boise State University (former president elect,
automatically succeeded our former president, James Coburn.)
- President-Elect: Duane Merrell, Brigham Young University (former Vice
President. He will organize
our annual section meeting in 2009.)
- Vice President: Steve Shropshire, Idaho State University (elected)
- Treasurer: Adam Beehler, University of Utah (continuing into his second
- Section Representive: Harold Stokes, Brigham Young University (continuing into his
third of three-year term)
At the close of the meeting, we gave away prizes, drawing names at random. Most of the
prizes were "physics toys" and books. Special thanks to Cenco/Sargent Welch, Pasco,
Vernier, Arbor Scientific, VWR Science Education, and Ron Galli for their donations.
The grand prize was an all-expense paid trip to the national
AAPT meeting in Edmonton, Canada, July 19-23, 2008. The donor providing
this prize specified that it be awarded to a high-school teacher who has never attended
a national AAPT meeting. The winner was Brett Guisti, a teacher at Lone Peak High
School, Highland, Utah.