PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS

 PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN)
September 1994, No. 1

An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division

PROBLEM SOLVING WORKSHOP PLANNED
A College Physics Problem Solving Workshop will be held during The
American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics annual
meeting in Minneapolis, MN, this November.  The workshop leaders
will focus on the rationale for teaching structured problem solving
in cooperative groups, how to design appropriate group problems,
and how to structure groups for problem solving in an introductory
physics course.  If you commonly hear your students say "I
understand the material, I just can't solve the problems," then
this workshop may benefit you.  The workshop will take place
Sunday, November 6, 1994, 7:00pm-10:30pm in the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Skyway Suite.
(For more information, contact:  Kenneth Heller, telephone:  612-
624-7314; or Patricia Heller, telephone:  612-625-0561; email:
heller@mnhep.hep.umn.edu)

GUIDE TO UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
"The Directories of Undergraduate Research," published biannually
by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), are available.  The
directories describe 2,000 science departments at various schools
stressing undergraduate research.
(For more information, contact:  CUR, University of North Carolina
at Asheville, 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC  28804;
telephone:  704-251-6006; fax:  704-251-6002; email:  CUR@UNCA.edu)

PHYSICS LEARNING RESEARCH LIST DEVELOPED
A new list devoted to supporting and advancing the sub-field of
research in physics learning/education has been developed by Dewey
Dykstra of Boise State University, Boise, ID.  The Physics Learning
Research List, (PhysLrnR) is intended to be:  1) a vehicle of
electronic communication to serve the needs and interests of those
involved in research in physics learning, and 2) a venue in which
issues pertaining to research in physics learning can be discussed.
Among those who are encouraged to join are:  1) anyone  who
currently is active in research projects in physics learning,
including faculty and graduate students, 2) anyone who teaches or
is preparing to teach topics in physics at any grade level who is
interested in the implications of research in physics learning and
in making use of the results of that research.  International
participation is encouraged.
(For more information contact the listowner, Dewey I. Dykstra, Jr.,
at:  Department of Physics/SN318, Boise State University, 1910
University Drive, Boise, ID  83725-1570; telephone:  208-385-3105,
ext. 1934; fax:  208-385-4330; email:  dykstrad@varney.idbsu.edu)

PURDUE STUDENT GRADUATES WITH TWO DOCTORATE DEGREES
Harry Kloor has become the first individual in the United States to
receive two Ph.D.'s concurrently.  Kloor, 31, graduated from Purdue
University, West Lafayette, IN, with doctorate degrees in chemistry
and theoretical physics.  His physics research involved a search
for new forces beyond the four known varieties:  electromagnetic,
gravity, and the two types of nuclear forces--strong forces that
hold particles such as protons together, and weak forces
responsible for phenomena such as radioactive decay.  For his
chemistry dissertation, Kloor developed a model to explain a phase
transition that occurs in the mineral magnetite, also called
lodestone, at 120 degrees Kelvin.  Prior to his graduate work,
Kloor had obtained two bachelor's degrees, in chemistry and
physics, from Southern Oregon State College in Ashland.
(Source:  Sankaran, Neeraja, "Purdue Student Receives Two Ph.D.'s
at Once," The Scientist, Sept. 5, 1994, p. 22)

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