Meeting of the Idaho-Utah Section
The Idaho-Utah Section of the AAPT held its annual meeting,
April 30 - May 1, 2010, at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.
Steve Shropshire, section president elect, organized the meeting.
Many thanks to Steve for a very successful event!
American Association of Physics Teachers
Pocatello, Idaho, April 30-May 1, 2010
There were 38 attendees (those who paid the registration fee).
On Saturday, 12 oral presentations were given in three sessions.
Also on Saturday, an invited talk was given by Dr. Doug Wells,
Idaho State University, "Physics at the Idaho Accelerator Center."
There were 4 poster papers. We voted for the best
poster. Andrew Harmon won first prize ($50) for his poster, "Exploitation of
laboratory exercises in university physics relative to instruction time," and Brian Wieland won second
prize ($25) for his poster, "Photomultiplier tube magnetic shielding for the CLAS12
central time of flight counter." Both are students at Idaho State University.
Physics Demonstration Show
Friday evening, following dinner,
we gathered for a physics demonstration show. The following are video clips
from the show:
Adam Beehler, University of
Utah, Lenz's law, rainbow vision, interference
Richard Hills, Weber State
University, Standing waves on a whadayacallit cord
Ron Galli, Weber State University, Atmospheric pressure, rotational motion, cat twist
Brigham Young University, Standing waves on pan lids
Pocatello High School, Jacob's ladder
James Coburn, Utah State University,
Steve Shropshire, Idaho State
University, Water light pipe, shifting rainbows, intrared demos
Amy Ferguson, Brigham Young University
Idaho, Misc physics fun
Bryan Pyper, Brigham Young University
Idaho, Misc physics fun
We conducted our business meeting following lunch.
We held elections of section officers. The officers of our section are now
constituted as follows:
- President: Steve Shropshire, Idaho State University. (former
president elect, automatically succeeded our former president, Duane Merrell.)
- President-Elect: Farhang Amiri, Weber State University
(former Vice President, automatically succeeded our former president-elect, Steve
Shropshire. He will organize our annual section meeting
- Vice President: Bryan Pyper, Brigham Young University Idaho
- Treasurer: Adam Beehler, University of Utah
- Section Representive: Harold Stokes, Brigham Young
At the close of the meeting, we gave away prizes, drawing names at
random. Most of the prizes were "physics toys" and books. We thank
Vernier, Education Innovations, PASCO, Arbor Scientific, and AAPT for generously providing
some of the door prizes. The grand
prize was an all-expense paid trip to the national AAPT meeting in
Portland, Oregon, July 17-21, 2010. 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 Adrienne Shilling,
a teacher at the Idaho Virtual Academy.