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Minutes for the San Antonio meeting of the Committee on International Education

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Minutes for the 1999 San Antonio meeting
of the Committee on International Education
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Members Present: Drenchko (Chair), Finn
Guests Present: Adair, Aubrecht, Fitzgibbons, C. & H. Gottlieb,
Jossem, O'Kuma, Ramsey (past chair)
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The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 1999.

Members and friends present introduced themselves. It was noted that
many of the members and friends of the committee were on their way to the
international conference in Guilin, China.

The minutes of the summer meeting at the Anaheim were unanimously approved
with noted corrections. (Moved: Jossem, second: Fitzgibbons).

CHAIR'S REPORT:
Programs I committee meeting announcements were made:
(1) Many members are concerned about the new meeting format, with too many
activities overlapping. Starting with this meeting, the total duration
will be cut to five days. This somewhat decreases the benefits of
attendance. Due to the changes, workshops and sessions may overlap. Thus,
scheduling of sponsored sessions must be coordinated with the AAPT staff.
Session forms for future meetings are available on the Web. These may be
submitted directly to AAPT via the Web. If anyone desires committee
sponsorship, a copy should be mailed to the Chair, Joe Drenchko.
Comments and suggestions for future meetings are welcome. Contact any
member of the executive board (listed in the Announcer).
(2) AAPT has experienced financial losses at workshops. Any workshops that
do not have a minimum enrolment by a set deadline will be canceled.
Fees will be charged, based upon equipment needs and costs. For questions,
contact Carol Heimpel of AAPT: cheimpel@aapt.org
(3) Plenary speakers for the summer 2000 meeting in Guelph include: John
Pelanie (recent Nobel laureate), Elaine Stewart and John Stinson of
Sudbury Observatory.
(4) Physics/Chemistry/Biology Day, sponsored jointly by AAPT and NSTA, will
be held at the NSTA national meeting in Baltimore, MD in November, 2000.
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Announcement of San Antonio Sessions:
Sponsored session: Successful Mentoring Programs (BE), Thursday, Aug. 5,
3:15-5:15 p.m., Northrup 215.
Special Session: DA - Len Jossem's 80th Birthday: Undergraduate Physics
Education- Visions for the Future, Friday, Aug. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Laurie
Auditorium.
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OLD BUSINESS:

Upcoming international conferences:
(1) The VII IACPE meeting will be held in Porto Alegre Brazil (Gramado State)
from July 3 - 7, 2000. The main theme is "The Preparation of Physics Majors and
Physics Teachers in Contemporary Society.
Email for the conference is: IACPE7@IF.UFRGS.BR
Information: http://cabbat1.cnea.gov.ar/iacpe/iacpei.htm
NOTE: J. Fitzgibbons and B. Khoury are preparing an NSF proposal for travel
support. Any assistance or suggestions would be welcome.

(2) TURNING THE CHALLENGE INTO OPPORTUNITIES: The Historic Mission of
Physics Teachers for the Next Millennium. August 18-23, 1999, Guilin, China.
Organizer: Prof. LUO Xingkai, Institute of Physics Education, Guangxi
Normal University. E-mail: xkluo@mailbox.gxnu.edu.cn

(3) XXVII Biennial General Meeting of the Spanish Physical Society, September
20-24, 1999, Valencia, Spain.
Organizer: Prof. Antonio Ferrer, Institute of Particle Physics,
University of Valencia.

(4) The Fourth Latinamerican School on Research on Physics Education
IV ESCUELA LATINOAMERICANA DE INVESTIGACION EN ENSEDANZA DE LA FISICA
September 20-October 1, 1999. Universidad de Antioquia, MEDELLIN-COLOMBIA.
A.A 1226 Tels: 2105660 - 2105655 - 2105630
Fax: (0574)2330120 - (0574)2105666

(5) Centralamerican and Caribbean Physics Course: CURSO CENTROAMERICANO Y
DEL CARIBE DE FISICA (CURCCAF). La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
November 22 to December 3, 1999.
Contact: Dr. Eduardo M. Alvarez, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala,
ealvarez@kirika.uvg.edu.gt

(6) GIREP Conferences: Barcelona, Spain; August, 2000 and Lund, Sweden, 2002.
See the GIREP Web page for details: http://pef.pef.uni-lj.si/~girep/
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Report on past international conferences: L. Jossem
(1) The upcoming Guilin conference has 30 USA representatives and 300
international registrants.
(2) The International Conference on Science Education in Hungary had
about 75 attendees and the papers were of good quality.
(3) The IACPE meeting deadline for plenaries, workshops and sessions is
August 31, 1999. The contributed paper and poster abstract deadline is
November 30, 1999.
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"Web Page project -
Our Web master, C. Moore, left Nebraska and cannot be located by e-mail.
G. Ramsey has contacted Warren Hein of the AAPT executive office, requesting
that AAPT physically house the site, while it will still be maintained by the
International Committee. Ramsey will write up a set of guidelines for locating
our committee site at AAPT and establish responsibilities for maintaining the
sites from remote locations by committee members. Members and friends of the
committee will be kept informed of the progress. This topic may have to be
considered by the Executive Committee.

Items, which we have previously posted on our committee site, include: the
committee mission statement, member list, international meeting list, former
committee meeting minutes and Fuller Fund information. Anyone with ideas for
the site or its administration should contact G. Ramsey at: gpr@hep.anl.gov
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Potential plenary speakers for AAPT meetings:

The following names have been submitted to the executive board for future
consideration. (thanks to: M. Alonso, J. Fitzgibbons, H. Manos and A. Menard).
George Marx - Eotvos University, Hungary
Archie Fox - Scotland
Brian Woolnaugh - Oxford Science Teaching Center
Sven Sjoberg - University of Oslo
Eduardo Posada - International Center for Theoretical Physics, Bogota
Walter Stuhrner - Max Planck Institute (Experimental Medicine)
Lenart Samulson - Sweden
Sandor Szalay - Eotvos University, Hungary (Astrophysics-large scale
structure of the universe); also visits Johns Hopkins U.

If any of these scientists visit the US, the nominators should contact them
for possible participation at the AAPT meeting as a plenary speaker. This can
be forwarded to the Programs Committee for consideration.
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NEW BUSINESS:

Future meetings:

1. Winter- January 15-19, 2000: Kissimmee, FL
Sponsored session: The Committee is sponsoring a session on "Physics
Teaching Around the World-Personal Perspectives." (Invited/Contributed)
There will be a contingent of delegates from Denmark, who will contribute
to the session. Attendees of this year's international conferences are
also expected to give papers at this session. NOTE: The deadline for
contributed abstracts is September 10, 1999.

2. Summer- July 29-August 2, 2000: University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

3. Winter- January 6-11, 2001: San Diego, CA (with Astronomical Society)
There will likely be a large poster session, which will give our international
colleagues an opportunity to participate in this meeting.

4. Summer- July 21-25, 2001: Hyatt/Rochester Institute of Technology,
Rochester, NY

5. Winter- January 19-23, 2002: Marriott, Philadelphia, PA
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E-mail contacts:
G. Ramsey announced that many e-mail transmissions have been returned due
to changed e-mail addresses. He requests that any member or friend interested
in maintaining contact with the Committee should send him any changes in
your e-mail ASAP. This will guarantee that you will receive information
regarding Committee business and information on international conferences
in a timely manner. He also requested that anyone receiving information on
international conferences pass it along by e-mail, including the following:
title, date, place, point of contact (e-mail and Web sites are particularly
useful). If this is done in a timely manner, we can get it published in the
AAPT Announcer (which usually requires a minimum two month lead-time).
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Nominations for new members of the committee:
The chair maintains the nomination list and has forms for submission to the
Nomination Committee. Anyone wishing to nominate AAPT members for committee
membership may contact the chair at: drenchko@suhep.phy.syr.edu
or G. Ramsey (member, AAPT Nominating Committee): gpr@hep.anl.gov
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The meeting was adjourned (Motion: Adair, Second: Ramsey) at 7:15 p.m.
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Submitted by G. Ramsey

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