PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) September 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Edu

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) September 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division PROBLEM SOLVING WORKSHOP PLANNED A College Physics Problem Solving Workshop will be held during The American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN, this November. The workshop leaders will focus on the rationale for teaching structured problem solving in cooperative groups, how to design appropriate group problems, and how to structure groups for problem solving in an introductory physics course. If you commonly hear your students say "I understand the material, I just can't solve the problems," then this workshop may benefit you. The workshop will take place Sunday, November 6, 1994, 7:00pm-10:30pm in the Hyatt Regency Hotel Skyway Suite. (For more information, contact: Kenneth Heller, telephone: 612- 624-7314; or Patricia Heller, telephone: 612-625-0561; email: heller@mnhep.hep.umn.edu) GUIDE TO UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH "The Directories of Undergraduate Research," published biannually by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), are available. The directories describe 2,000 science departments at various schools stressing undergraduate research. (For more information, contact: CUR, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804; telephone: 704-251-6006; fax: 704-251-6002; email: CUR@UNCA.edu) PHYSICS LEARNING RESEARCH LIST DEVELOPED A new list devoted to supporting and advancing the sub-field of research in physics learning/education has been developed by Dewey Dykstra of Boise State University, Boise, ID. The Physics Learning Research List, (PhysLrnR) is intended to be: 1) a vehicle of electronic communication to serve the needs and interests of those involved in research in physics learning, and 2) a venue in which issues pertaining to research in physics learning can be discussed. Among those who are encouraged to join are: 1) anyone who currently is active in research projects in physics learning, including faculty and graduate students, 2) anyone who teaches or is preparing to teach topics in physics at any grade level who is interested in the implications of research in physics learning and in making use of the results of that research. International participation is encouraged. (For more information contact the listowner, Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr., at: Department of Physics/SN318, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-1570; telephone: 208-385-3105, ext. 1934; fax: 208-385-4330; email: dykstrad@varney.idbsu.edu) PURDUE STUDENT GRADUATES WITH TWO DOCTORATE DEGREES Harry Kloor has become the first individual in the United States to receive two Ph.D.'s concurrently. Kloor, 31, graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, with doctorate degrees in chemistry and theoretical physics. His physics research involved a search for new forces beyond the four known varieties: electromagnetic, gravity, and the two types of nuclear forces--strong forces that hold particles such as protons together, and weak forces responsible for phenomena such as radioactive decay. For his chemistry dissertation, Kloor developed a model to explain a phase transition that occurs in the mineral magnetite, also called lodestone, at 120 degrees Kelvin. Prior to his graduate work, Kloor had obtained two bachelor's degrees, in chemistry and physics, from Southern Oregon State College in Ashland. (Source: Sankaran, Neeraja, "Purdue Student Receives Two Ph.D.'s at Once," The Scientist, Sept. 5, 1994, p. 22) ***************************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. To subscribe, send an email message to . Leave the "Subject" line blank. In the body of the message, enter the following command: . American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3007, tschwab@aip.org *****************************

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