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Activities of the Education Office

The Education Office was established in the Fall of 1998 with a mission to focus on the needs of both Hispanic-American students pursing the study of physics and on the needs of physics faculty working with Hispanic-American students. The first Education Officer was Juan R. Burciaga, then at Bryn Mawr College. The Constitution was later amended to make the Education Officer a member of the Board.

Mentoring on the WEB
1998-2000

The Education Office set up the infrastructure for a web-based mentoring program whose primary objective was to reach students who did not have immediate access to Hispanic-American faculty and needed to discuss issues with them. Eventually the project was postponed until the Society grew enough to provide an acceptable number of mentors.

National NSHP Logo Contest
1999-2001

The Education Office sponsored a national contest asking high school and college students to design a logo for the NSHP. But the logo was only one of the objectives of the contest.

The contest served as a central focus for announcing the presence of the newly formed society. The Education Office sent letters and e-mails about the society and the contest to both national and college chapters of MeCHA, Lulac and many other local Hispanic sororities and fraternities. In addition, the Education Office explored the information ifrastructure of Hispanic-based organizations on the Web and found no clear structure existed to reach either Hispanic students or teachers and faculty of Hispanic students.

Though a prize was awarded to the student submitting the winning logo the Board decided not to adopt the design for the Society. The most important result of the contest was establishing the clear need for a census to identify Hispanic students, a means to reach them, and a way to identify and communicate with faculty and teachers of Hispanic students.

NTFUP Meeting on Diversity in Undergraduate Physics
December 2002 -- Dallas, TX

The National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics hosted a special meeting to discuss issues of diversity with Hispanic-American and African-American physicists. Juan Burciaga (as Education Officer of the NSHP) was asked to attend and provide a list of other potential Hispanic-American physicists to attend.

In addition to the Education Officer, other NSHP members to attend the Meeting on Diversity were J.D. Garcia(a member of the NTFUP and Past-President NSHP), Jorge Lopez(President NSHP), Luz Martinez-Miranda(President-Elect NSHP), and Jesus Pando(Treasurer NSHP).

AAPT/NSHP Joint Meeting
January 2003 -- Austin, TX

Co-Sponsored with Minorities in Physics the session
Building Success: Curricular Strategies and Pedagogical Initiatives
Building Community in Female-Friendly Physics Departments
Barbara Whitten, Colorado College
Community Building: Bridging Boundaries and Forming Connections
Jan M. Yarrison-Rice, Miami University
Building Community in Female-Friendly Physics Departments
David Hammer, University of Maryland
Personal Epistemologies and Student Participation
Apriel Hodari, The CNA Corporation

Co-Sponsored with International Education the session Physics Teaching Around the World
Teaching Physics in Mexico: Different Environments and Student Motivation
Odon M. Sanchez Cavazos, Monterrey Tech
Physics and Teaching of Physics in Mexico
Arnulfo Zepeda, CINVESTAV
IT-based Physics Education in Korea
Keum H. Lee, Chonbuk National University and Jin Kim
Redesigning a Remedial Physics Course for University Physics in Mexico
Genaro Zavala, ITESM and Hugo Alarcon

Co-Sponsored with Women in Physics the session Hot Topics in the Southwest
Signatures of Chaos in Quantum Mechanics
Linda Reichl, University of Texas at Austin
The Magic of Conformal Invariance in Quantum Mechanics
Carlos R. Ordonez, University of Houston
Hot Topics at Los Alamos National Laboratory
J. Tinka Gammel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Direct Observation of Percolation in a Manganite Thin Film
Alex de Lozanne, University of Texas

Co-Sponsored the Plenary Session
Storms from the Sun: The Emerging Science of Space Weather
Ramon E. Lopez, University of Texas at El Paso

Co-Sponsored the Science to Explore Engineering and Science(SEES) program -- a series of hand-on science exploratory activities involving approximately 100 studets in the fifth and sixth grades.

Hosted the Joint Forum on Diversity
Members of the NSHP, NSBP and the AAPT's Committeee on Minorities in Physics took part in a discussion, open to all, of the question
What would you say if someone, for example a college professor or a high school teacher, asked
What can I do to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the study of physics?

APS National Meeting
March 2003 -- Austin, TX

At the request of the Austin Independent School District, the Education Office co-ordinated a visit of a Traveling Physics show to two grade schools in conjunction with the national APS meeting.

AGU Joint Society Meeting on Diversity in the Earth and Space Sciences
June 2003 -- College Park, MD

The American Geophysics Union hosted a conference designed to bring together a variety of academic and professional societies in order to explore what is being done, and what might be done, to enhance diversity in the sciences, particularly the earth and space sciences. Over 100 people representing 44 societies attended. Juan Burciaga(Education Officer) attended the meeting as part of the AAPT delegation and also representing the NSHP.

PKAL National Assembly -- Ensuring the Success of Under-Represented Groups
in STEM Learning Environments
October 2003 -- Glassboro, NJ

The Education Office was invited to attend as an obersver for both the AAPT and the NSHP and report back to these bodies on the PKAL conference.

January 2004

The Education Office expanded to include two Education Officers -- Yesim Darici, Florida International University and Juan Burciaga, Vassar College.

AAPT
January 2004 -- Miami, FL

Though this was not a Joint Meeting with AAPT, the NSHP was active and participated in organizing and sponsoring several sessions.

Co-Sponsored with Undergraduate Education and Minorities in Physics the session
Building Success II: Curricular Strategies and Pedagogical Initiatives
What We know About Supporting Our Students: Classroom Practices and Cognition in Physics
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado Boulder
Concept-Based Learning in Science and Engineering Education
Ruth Streveler, Colorado School of Mines
Building Student Confidence Through 4+ Years of Mentoring
Neal Abraham, DePauw University of Greencastle
I.T.S. - Individualized Teaching system: Creating a Student-Centered Learning Community
Wayne Fisher, Myers Park High School

Co-Sponsored with Women in Physics the session Latin American Women in Physics
Characterization of Electrostatically Deposited (Electrospun) Nanoscopic Carbon Fibers
Idalia Ramos, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Self-Assembled Multiferroic Nanostructures
Lourdes Salamanca-Riba, University of Maryland, CINVESTAV
Computational Modeling of Corneal Refractve Surgery
Delia Cabrera, University of Miami
Effects of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Liquid Crystal and Related Materials
Luz Martinez-Miranda, University of Maryland
Surface/Interface Studies on Chiral Molecules Self-Assembled on Au(111) Surface
Yesim Darici, Florida International University

NSBP/NSHP Joint Meeting
February 2004 -- Washington, DC

The Education Office sponsored two sessions.

Teaching Undergraduates: What do we know that works? What is important?

The session was geared to faculty and was designed to introduce them to some of the new ideas that faculty can use to address the barriers students (particularly minority students) encounter as they begin the study of physics and mathematics. Our speakers were able to address pedagogical, cultural and psychological factors.

Jim Gates - University of Maryland
Barbara Whitten - Colorado College
Sharon Fries-Britt - University of Maryland
Apriel Hodari - The CNA Corporation

Cultural Shock: Being Blind-Sided in Graduate School
This session was for the undergraduate student about to attend graduate school. Our speakers focused on the "chilly environment" many students (particularly minority students) encounter as they enter large graduate programs, what can and cannot be done about this, some warning signs to look for, and what resources are available to them.

Duane Cooper (Moorhouse)
Eugene Collins (Fisk)
Kandace Tanner (physics graduate student, Urbana-Champaign)

SACNAS/NSHP Joint Meeting
October 2004 -- Austin, TX

Co-hosted with NSBP a GRE Advanced Physics Preparation Workshop.

AAPT/NSHP Joint Meeting
January 2005 -- Albuquerque, NM

Co-Sponsored with Minorities in Physics the session
Physics and Astronomy in Native American and Hispanic Cultures
Sun and Moon Watching in the Pueblo World
Michael Zeilik, The Learning Zone, Inc.
Incorporating Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy into an Astronomy Course
Mark Hollabaugh, Normandale Community College
Navajo Astronomy
Fred Begay, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Native American Astronomy as an Introduction to Cultural Foundations
Charles Leming, Henderson State University

Co-Sponsored with International Education the session
Physics Education in the Southwest and South of the Border
Discipline-Based Educational Research at Arizona State University in Science and Mathematics
Luanna Ortiz, Arizona State University
Thirty Years of Teaching Physics at New Mexico Tech
David Raymond, New Mexico Tech
Physics Education Research in Mexico
Genaro Zavala, ITESM and Hugo Alarcon

Hosted the Joint Forum on Diversity
Members of the NSHP, NSBP and the AAPT's Committeee on Minorities in Physics took part in a discussion, open to all, of the question
What do students need to know? A general discussion of what minority students need to know before attending college and choosing a major.

Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Minorities in Physics the Workshop:
Reaching, Teaching and Keeping Under-represented Groups in Physics

NSBP/NSHP Joint Meeting
February 2005 -- Orlando, FL

The Education Office sponsored the session
Missing: The Disappearing Minority Male in Science

The session was designed to acquaint teaching faculty of the factors and paradigms that are being used to frame the discussion of the decreasing participation of minority males in science.

The Gender Gap Among African Americans in Physics: A Statistical Overview
Roman Czujko, AIP(Statistics)
Building Trust in the Face of Small Numbers:
Diversity Cues and Reduction of Threat in American Mainstream Institutions

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Yale(Psychology)

And the Education Office assisted in the organization of the session
Survival and Gender Issues for Working Physicists and Students.

AAPT
August 2005 -- Salt Lake City, UT

Though not a Joint Meeting with the AAPT, the NSHP was invited to Co-Sponsor with Minorities in Physics the session/panel
Closing the Gap Between Understanding and Action: Strategic Issues in Diversity
Research on Undergraduate Persistence
Teri Murphy, University of Oklahoma(Mathematics)
The Complexity and Changing Landscapes of Race and Ethnicity
Eric Hsu, San Francisco State University(Mathematics)
Recommendations for Undergraduates in Preparing for Graduate School
James Dickerson, Vanderbilt University
How and Why Diversity Initiatives Must Work
Jorge Zeballos, Guilford College

Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Minorities in Physics the Workshop:
Reaching, Teaching and Keeping Under-represented Groups in Physics

Best Practice College Course, Validation Panel
Spring 2006

The Education Office represented NSHP as part of the College Board's redesign of the AP Physics B course.

NSBP/NSHP Joint Meeting
February 2006 - San Jose, CA

The Education Office sponsored a session on
Physics Education Research: New Results and Applications
Advances in Physics Education Research: Contexts and Tools of Student Learning
Noah Finkelstien, University of Colorado
Improving Student Learning in Physics from K-20: The Role of Research
Peter Shaffer, University of Washington
Enhancing Physics Learning in Lecture with Interactive Lecture Demonstrations
David Sokoloff, University of Oregon

SACNAS
October 2006 - Tampa, FL

Workshop: Study Methods and Scheduling: Preparing for the GRE

AAPT
January 2007 - Seattle

The Education Office co-sponsored with Minorities in Physics of AAPT a session on
Helping Faculty/Teachers Become More Adept at Working with Under-represented Groups

Stalking the Anti-Racist Atom: Engaging Educational Equity and Diversity in Physics Teaching (invited)
Apriel K. Hodari, The CNA Corporation
Practical Ways to Improve Physics Education (invited)
Daryao S. Khatri, University of the District of Columbia
Labels Matter: Changing the Conversation From "-isms" to Privilege (invited)
Melissa H. Dancy, UNC-Charlotte
Designing a Workshop for Change in the Community of Physics (invited)
Juan R. Burciaga, Whitman College

NSBP/NSHP Joint Meeting
February 2007 - Boston, MA

The Education Office sponsored 2 sessions on PER that included 4 invited speakers.
Memorization or Understanding: Are We Teaching the Right Thing?
Eric Mazur, Harvard
What do Physics Professors Expect? Research on Physics Professors' Beliefs about the Teaching and Learning of Problem Solving in Introductory Physics
Kenneth Heller, University of Minnesota
Successful U.S. Women of Color Physics Students and Their Strategies for Persistence in Science
Maria (Mia) Ong, TERC(Project Leader) and Founder/Director Project SEED
The Role of Representations And Analogies In Solving Physics Problems
Noah Finkelstein, Patrick Kohl and Noah Podolefksly, University of Colorado

Interaction
June/July 2007

EDITORIAL: Diversity in Physics: Closing the Gap
Juan R. Burciaga, Education Officer

AAPT
August 2007 -- Greensboro, NC

Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Minorities in Physics the Workshop:
Reaching, Teaching and Keeping Under-represented Groups in Physics

AAPT
January 2008 - Baltimore

The Education Office co-sponsored with Minorities in Physics of AAPT a session on
Closing the Gap Between Understanding and Action II: Institutional Policies That Promote Change

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC (invited)
Anthony Johnson, Department of Physics & CASPR, UMBC
Preparing Environments for Successful Underrepresented Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention (invited)
Renetta G. Tull, Graduate School, UMBC
A Faculty Perspective (invited)
Mariajose Castellanos, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, UMBC

NSBP/NSHP Joint Meeting
February 2008

The Education Office sponsored 2 sessions on PER that included 4 invited speakers.
Figuring Out What It Means To Understand Physics: The Math Connection
Joe Redish, University Of Maryland
Cognitive Science And Physics Education Research
Chandralekha Singh, University Of Pittsburgh
Contemporary Introductory Physics
Ruth Chabay/Bruce Sherwood, North Carolina State University
Issues Of Equity In Physics Access And Enrollment In New York City Public High Schools
Angela Kelly, Lehman College CUNY

AAPT
July 2008 - Edmonton

How Do We Increase the Participation of Under-Represented Groups in Physics (invited)
Juan R. Burciaga, Education Officer

AAPT
February 2009 - Chicago

Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Minorities in Physics the Workshop:
Reaching, Teaching and Keeping Under-represented Groups in Physics

NSBP/NSHP Joint Meeting
February 2009 - Nashville, TN

The Education Office sponsored 1 session on PER that included 2 invited speakers.
 
Understanding When And Why Education Works: The Role Of New Technology In Physics Education Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado
A Multi-School Study Of Students’ Physics Self-Efficacy
and Its Relationship To Gender, Race And Academic Achievement

Orville Bignall, Tennessee State University  

NW APS Regional Meeting
May 2009 - Vancouver, BC

The Role and Preparation of Faculty for the Changing Community of Physics (invited)
Juan R. Burciaga, Education Officer

AAPT
July 2009 - Ann Arbor

The Education Office co-sponsored with NSBP and AAPT a session on
The Changing Community of Physics: Resources and Programs that Promote Inclusion and Diversity

Teaching for Retention (invited)
James H. Stith, AIP (retired)
Programs and Resources of the American Physical Society (invited)
Theodore Hodapp, American Physical Society
AAPT-Sponsored Activities Supporting Diversity (invited)
Daniel M Smith Jr, South Carolina State University
Engaging Physics Students in Diversity Conversations with SPS (invited)
Gary White/Kendra Rand, Society of Physics Students/AIP
Report from AIP Liaison Committee on Underrepresented Minorities in Physics (invited)
Quinton L. Williams, Jackson State University

AAPT
July 2010 - Portland, OR

The Role of the NSHP in Promoting Diversity and Incluson(invited)
Juan R. Burciaga, Education Officer