OPTYCs SPOTLIGHT 2023 Issue 12

July 12, 2023 Issue #12

SPOTLIGHT is the OPTYCs bi-weekly newsletter. It brings you OPTYCs activity updates, highlights from recent publications related to physics education, and news & resources for Two-Year colleges.




SPOTLIGHT will take a summer break and resume operations on August 23. 

Kris's corner

(Tips, summaries, and musings from Kris Lui (OPTYCs Director).

If you will be attending the AAPT Summer Meeting in Sacramento, here are a few highlights related to TYCs that you might want to check out:
  • TYC Tandem Conference (requires registration through AAPT) - Sat. July 15 
  • APS Critical Conversations in Physics Classrooms (info below) - Sun. July 16 1pm-5pm 
  • Workshop: PICUP: Integrating Computation into Introductory Physics at TYCs (requires registration through AAPT) - Sun. July 16 1pm-5pm
  • TYC Day (included in registration for the summer meeting) - Mon. July 17
  • TYC Resource Area (Exhibit Hall)
APS Critical Conversations in Physics Classrooms:
  • The American Physical Society Innovation Fund seeks volunteers to participate in a pilot workshop, "Critical Conversations in the Physics Classroom," on Sunday, July 16th, 1 pm - 5 pm. The session will take place in the Sheraton Hotel's Carr Room.
  • We are looking for physics faculty/instructors interested in DEI in the physics classroom who would gladly give us honest formative feedback on the workshop. This workshop results from a collaboration between physicists and social scientists, laying the foundation for difficult conversations around DEI, power structures, and other issues that may arrive in our science classes.
  • Note the 4-hour workshop includes a 15-minute break and 30-45 minutes of debriefing and snacks. 
  • If you or a colleague are interested in attending, please get in touch with Jesus Pando at jpando@depaul.edu or Kathryn Walters-Conte at waltersconte@aps.org.





The work of OPTYCs is supported by NSF-DUE-2212807.