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July 2019 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT SM19

(2019/04/24) Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, UT:  Monday, July 22, 12:00 - 1:30 pm. 


Call for Workshop Presenters in the Advanced Laboratory Session at AAPT SM19

(2019/04/24) Contact Jeremiah Williams if you would like to contribute to the Advanced Laboratory Session at the AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, UT. Session is on Sunday, July 21, 1:00-5:00 pm


2018 BFY Conference Proceedings now on Compadre

(2019/03/12) The 2018 BFY Proceedings are now posted on Compadre for your viewing pleasure.


March 2019 ALPhA open meeting at APS March Meeting

(2019/03/01) Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the APS March Meeting in Boston, MA:  Tuesday, March 5, 12:00 - 2:00 pm. 


2019 AAPT-ALPhA Award Recipient

The AAPT-ALPhA Award Selection committee is pleased to announce that Natalie Ferris is the 2019 recipient of the AAPT-ALPhA Award.


January 2019 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT WM19

Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Winter Meeting in Houston, TX:  Saturday January 12, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. 


2019 Reichert Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2019 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Heather J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado, "For systematic and scholarly transformation of advanced laboratories in physics, for building leading assessment tools of laboratories, and for national service advancing our advanced laboratory educational community."


July 2018 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT SM18

Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Washington, DC: Tuesday, July 31, 12:00PM - 1:30PM.


2018 Reichert Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Kurt Wick, University of Minnesota, "for over two decades of educational innovation and teaching excellence in the advanced laboratory sequence at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; for cultivating students’ interest and expertise in modern experimental methods and research through laboratory education and independent projects; and for consistently supporting the advanced laboratory community in the adoption of modern experimental methods in the curriculum."


May 2018 APS Backpage article

"Labs are necessary and we need to invest in them," May 2018 APS back page article mentions ALPhA's efforts to improve the advanced lab.


April 2017 Physics Today article

“Undergraduate labs lag in science and technology,” in the April 2017 Physics Today , details ALPhA’s work to support and enhance laboratory instruction through hands-on workshops, conferences, prizes, and opportunities for obtaining lab equipment.


First AAPT-ALPhA Award Recipients

The first recipients of the AAPT-ALPhA Award have been announced. This award, funded by TeachSpin, is given to a student, or group of students, who have built an advanced laboratory experiment that will become a new part of their school's advanced laboratory program. Information about their experiments (how to build their experiment, sample data, lab manual, etc.) is available by following the links below (ComPADRE registration required). 


2016 Recipient - Ryan Scott, Rochester Institute of Technology
Project: The Hong-Ou-Mandel Effect 
Advisers: Edwin E. Hach, III and Stefan Preble 
Information about this experiment: http://www.compadre.org/advlabs/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=15336&FID=48474


2015 Recipient - Brandon Thacker, California State University, Chico
Project: The Mechanical Chaotic Oscillator 
Adviser: Eric Ayars 
Information about this experiment: http://www.compadre.org/advlabs/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=15336&FID=48472 

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