Spring 2018 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT
"Biophysics and Its Impact on Teaching"
April 27-28, 2018
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Spring 2018 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. Note that this meeting includes the annual Student Research Symposium.

Call for Presentations 
List of Presentations - This is now the schedule for the meeting. Click on the View, Phone 1, or Phone 2 tabs to see the descriptions.

Meeting Registration

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Host - Tom Foster, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, tfoster.siue@gmail.com
This webpage - Andrew Morrisonamorriso@jjc.edu

Friday April 27, 2018
 10:00 AM    Workshops W1 and W2 (10 am - noon)
2:30 PM
  Chancellor kicks off the conference
2:45 PM
  Plenary: Wolfgang Losert: Reinventing Introductory Physics for Future Biologists
3:15 PM   Break
3:30 PM
  Parallel Sessions A, B and C
5:00 PM   Break
5:15 PM
  Plenary: Mohammad Yousef: Integrating Physics and Physiology for Premedical Students at Weill Cornell Medicine- Qatar
5:45 PM
  Drive time to WIldey Theater for dinner
6:00 PM   Dinner
7:30 PM
  Evening Talk: Wolfgang Losert: Guided Cell Migration – A Dynamical Systems Perspective (Abstract below.)
8:30 PM   END OF DAY
Saturday April 28, 2018
6:45 AM
  Council Meeting at Comfort Inn
7:45 AM   Drive to campus
8:00 AM
  Parallel Sessions D and E
9:30 AM   Break
9:45 AM
  Plenary: Juan Rodriguez: A perspective on biophysics courses, past, present, and future
10:15 AM   Break
10:45 AM
  Parallel Sessions F and G
12:00 PM   Lunch
1:00 PM
  Spring business meeting and Student awards
2:00 PM
  Workshops W1 and W2 repeat (2 pm - 4 pm)
4:00 PM
  END of Conference

Invited Speakers

Reinventing Introductory Physics for Future Biologists
Wolfgang Losert, Professor of Physics and Associate Dean, Director, Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at University of Maryland.

I will review a new two-semester physics course with laboratories for future biologists that has been successfully developed and implemented as the required physics course for premeds at the University of Maryland. The laboratories include significant content on physics relevant to cellular scales, from chemical interactions to random motion and charge screening in fluids. We also introduce the students to research-grade equipment and modern physics analysis tools in contexts relevant to biology. The pedagogy of the course involves a flipped classroom lecture format and open-ended laboratory structure.

Guided Cell Migration – A Dynamical Systems Perspective
Wolfgang Losert, Professor of Physics and Associate Dean, Director, Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at University of Maryland.

Cells migrate, as individuals or groups, to perform critical functions in life from organ development to wound healing and the immune response. Defects in the cell migration machinery are important in many diseases including cancer metastasis. Physically, migration involves the controlled assembly and disassembly of the cell’s scaffolding, a fascinating and carefully controlled process. We have discovered that in many living systems the scaffolding can be described as an excitable system, which means that the scaffolding naturally assembles and disassembles in waves. I will explain this excitable systems character and show that it allows cells to migrate together as a group and to follow the texture of their environment.

Integrating Physics and Physiology for Premedical Students at Weill Cornell Medicine- Qatar
Mohammad YousefAssociate Professor of Physics, Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

It is evident that teaching physics to pre-health students needs drastic reform. It is also evident that there is no consensus in the field about the content, level and teaching style for an appropriate physics class tailored for this purpose. Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar took the initiative to reform physics curricula through its unique premedical program. The rationale is to construct a course sequence in physics that directly supports and integrates life science curricula. Meanwhile, the reform acknowledges the need to isolate few selected fundamental topics from early integration, as to maintain sufficient depth and rigor. The pilot course sequence offered at WCMQ could be widely applicable to a full host of other pre-health programs.

A perspective on biophysics courses, past, present, and future
Juan Rodriguez, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO 63110
As interdisciplinarity became popular in higher education, institutions responded by developing biophysics courses as a way to offer students the opportunity to see how life sciences and physics are interconnected. These courses typically required prior physics background and were populated with a relatively small number of life sciences students with an interest in physics. Recently published reports, including A New Biology for the 21st CenturyVision and Change, and Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, are transforming this approach to interdisciplinarity by emphasizing the need to deliver biology oriented physics to all life sciences students. Here I will present how the St. Louis College of Pharmacy has approached this challenge and where new developments in biology may take us in the future.

All of these workshops are free.

W1. 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 twenty 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 the open-ended labs that we are currently introducing in the introductory physics courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Next, participants can 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 the IOLab website.

W2. Teaching and Assessing Problem - solving for the 21st Century
Eddie Ackad, Foster Learning, LLC.

Someone once noted that homework is a chance for the students to learn bad habits when the teacher is not looking. Nowhere is that more true than today’s electronic homework systems which are only a Google search away from the answer which by-passes any learning. PathPlan is a tablet-based tool that explicitly teaches problem solving and physics concepts as homework. PathPlan uses an algorithmic approach that emphasizes understanding and process, giving the students a positive homework experience. In this session, you will work PathPlan problems and exercises and we will explain what makes it tick. Bring your tablet.