Fall 2019 Joint Meeting of the Chicago and Illinois Sections of the AAPT
"Diversity and Inclusion in Physics Education"
November 8-9, 2019
Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Fall 2019 meeting of the ISAAPT. Come to learn more about physics, discover new tools and techniques for teaching physics, share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives, and meet old and new friends. 

Directions and parking information: 


Make sure you are going to the JJC Main Campus – near the intersection of I-55 and I-80.  The address is 1215 Houbolt Road.  There are two entrances to campus, it does not matter which entrance you use.  When you get to the main campus road that curves around much of campus you should turn left.  Follow that road all the way until you get to the last parking lot which is lot S7.  There should be signs directing you.

For parking on Friday, you should park behind the signs which separate the faculty/staff parking from the student/visitor parking. You will be on the student side of the lot.  We wish we had a better process for visitors and guests with regard to parking, but unfortunately, we do not.  On Saturday, you may park in the faculty area.


That parking lot will put you closest to the E building, which has a sign by the door you’ll want to enter. 

DataFees - Attendees - Take Fives - Workshops - Dues - Attendance - Banquet - Lunch

   Invited Speakers

"Addressing the Culture of Power in Physics: 
A Look at Barriers to Graduate Education"

Dr. Geraldine L. Cochran - Assistant Professor - Office of STEM Education, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University

In this presentation, I will share a mixed-methods research study utilizing a conceptual framework, the “Culture of Power” (CoP) in physics, to understand barriers to applying to graduate physics programs. In this study, content analysis was conducted on applications for admissions into the American Physical Society (APS) Bridge program. Findings were then validated through semi-structured interviews with participants from the 2016 cohort of the APS Bridge program.   Implications of the results relevant to physics faculty will be discussed.

"Studying Gender in Physics Education Research: 
Beyond the Binary"

Dr. Jennifer Blue - Associate Professor - Department of Physics, Miami University

Much work in physics education research, including much of my own, has examined differences in preparation, persistence, and performance between male and female students. I now believe that there are issues with the implied theoretical framework behind this work. When we look outside of physics, we see a growing, rich literature about the non-binary nature of gender, about intersectionality, and about identity formation. With other PER colleagues, I have called on our field to expand our framework and perform richer studies (Physical Review Education Research 12, 020114, 2016). We also propose short-term strategies that all physicists can employ to make our classrooms and labs more inclusive (Physics Today, March 2018).

"The Quantum Physics of an Ordinary Morning" 

Dr. Chad Orzel - Associate Professor - Department of Physics, Union College

We tend to think of quantum mechanics as an abstract and arcane area of physics that only applies in the exotic situations found in physics labs, billion-dollar particle accelerators, or near black holes. In fact, though, the development of quantum physics has its roots in very mundane, everyday phenomena. In this talk, I’ll describe how quantum physics manifests in the kind of situations you regularly encounter in the course of getting up and getting ready to face the day. From the alarm clock that gets you out of bed, to the heating element in your toaster, to the computer you use to check social media and the telecommunications lines carrying the Internet, everything you do is rooted in quantum physics.


W1. Friday, 10:00 - 12:00
STEP Up: Physics Together
Dr. Jennifer Gimmell - STEP Up: Physics Together Ambassador - Benet Academy, College of DuPage

Participants will first delve into the worldwide context of the state of women in Physics across multiple countries in comparison to the United States. A view of the global landscape and how we fit into it is an illuminating exercise. This will then be coupled with a statistical breakdown of how women move through Physics training in this country. This will help highlight the importance of the secondary education Physics teacher as a pivotal influencer towards addressing why women are not entering the Physics education at the collegiate level at comparable rates to their participation at the secondary level.  Also highlighted will be the great shortage that exists within Physics for qualified teachers at the secondary level and the large gender imbalance that exists in the ranks of current teachers. This is done to provide the participant with the background necessary to see the gender disparity issues that are present in their own field and set them up to think about how they can help.  

Participants will then be introduced to the STEP Up Project goals and the structure of the program, which is a national initiative comprised of physics educators, researchers and professional societies that created high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. The participants of this workshop will start by examining some general strategies about how to support girls in their classrooms through the STEP-Up Everyday Actions guide. Then participants will do a hands-on exploration of the first lesson provided by STEP Up, which is a Careers in Physics lesson designed to help students assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, examine profiles of professionals with physics degrees, and envision themselves in a physics career. This lesson is important preparation for a class before engaging in the second component, the Women in Physics lesson, in which students examine the conditions for women in physics and discuss gender issues with respect to famous physicists, gendered professions, and personal experience to neutralize the effect of stereotypes and bias, and make a classroom commitment to support one another. 

W2. Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30
IOLab – a multi-sensor device for K1-College
Morten Lundsgaard, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The IOLab is a wireless data acquisition system of similar size and weight as a graphing calculator, and thus highly portable. It contains more than 20 sensors or inputs, including a 3D accelerometer, a 3D magnetometer, a 3D gyroscope, wheels which record position, velocity, and acceleration, a force probe, and both analog and digital inputs. Data can be analyzed in the IOLab software itself or can be exported to a comma separated value file for later analysis.

In the workshop, the participants will first complete some of the open-ended labs that we are currently introducing in the introductory physics courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Next, participants will explore the many features of the IOLab at various stations including a two-wire ECG-measurement! Participants will get access to an online course that contains prelab and lab ideas for both high school and college and be introduced to how students can share their measurements with each other and with their teacher.

To make the IOLab experience more authentic, participants should bring their own computer, pc or mac, to the workshop.

For more information on the IOLab, see iolab.science.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Friday, November 8

10:00 am - STEP UP Workshop

12:00 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm - Opening remarks from JJC President Judy Mitchell

1:15 pm - Contributed talks

4:00 pm - "Studying Gender in Physics Education Research:  Beyond the Binary" by Dr. Jennifer Blue

5:15 pm - Take 5s

6:00 pm - Banquet

7:30 pm - "The Quantum Physics of an Ordinary Morning" by Dr. Chad Orzel

Saturday, November 9

7:00 am - ISAAPT Executive council meeting

8:00 am - Contributed talks

10:00 am - "Addressing the Culture of Power in Physics: A Look at Barriers to Graduate Education" - by Dr. Geraldine Cochrane

12:00 pm - Lunch

12:30 pm - ISAAPT and CSAAPT Business meetings

1:00 pm - Planetarium show or ioLab workshop

Hosts - Bill Hogan (whogan@jjc.edu)Max Lee (malee@jjc.edu), Noella Dcruz (ndcruz@jjc.edu), Andrew Morrison (amorriso@jjc.edu) Joliet Junior College

This webpage - Andrew Morrisonamorriso@jjc.edu