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Last Update: 13 October 2002
MIAAPT - Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics
NOTE: To conform better with National AAPT practice and minimize
confusion with other "M" states, we have adopted the abbreviation
MIAAPT over earlier variants (MAAPT, MCAAPT, etc.).
Our Fall 2002 Meeting was Saturday 12 October 2002 at Northwestern
Michigan College in Traverse City MI. Next up will be the Spring 2003
Meeting on Saturday 12 April 2003 at Henry Ford Community College in
What's happenning with MIAAPT?
- From the Fall 2002 Meeting:
- About 38 members attended the Traverse City meeting on 12 October
- We had twelve speakers from ten institutions from many parts of
Michigan, and three brief items in the category of Quickies and
Stump The Professor.
- Reminder that Elections at the Spring 2003 Meeting include 2nd
Vice-President (from a four-year institution) and Section
Representative to the national AAPT.
- Your officers for 2002-2003:
- Phil Kaldon (Western Michigan University) is now President
- Steven Rea (high school) is 1st Vice-President and Program Chair
for the Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 Meetings
- Mike Lopesto (Henry Ford Community College) serves as the new 2nd
- H.C. Snyder (St. Clair Shores Community College) continues to
serve as our Secretary-Treasurer
- Al Gibson (Rochester Adams High School (retired)) is serving a
three-year term as Section Rep to the national AAPT
- At the Spring 2003 Meeting we will elect a new 2nd Vice-President
from the ranks of the four-year institutions, so plan ahead...
- Alex Azima (Lansing Community College), President 2001-2002,
joins our talented group of Past Presidents
- We are trying to join the 21st electronic
- Our diverse membership has uneven access to e-mail and the
WorldWide Web. Quite frankly, despite promises from big
corporations, schools nad government, universal electronic access
not only isn't here, it isn't always reliable. Plus it shouldn't be
forced onto people who don't want it.
- But snail mail costs have risen greatly since our membership dues
were last changed -- and are likely to go up again soon.
- Yet we need to stay in touch with everyone much more often than
- So we are identifying who needs to have physical mail, and also
who wants to just receive e-mail updates and don't need a physical
- We are also working on having a consistent, updated Web presence.
- We need to beef up our recruitment:
- There are still plenty of high school, two year and four year
college and university faculty who either don't know about MIAAPT or
don't think that MIAAPT has anything to offer them.
- We train many future high school physics teachers in Michigan and
we should work on getting these students to come to MIAAPT meetings,
where they can meet their colleagues and gain valuable networking.
- It's corny, but the best and fastest way to get more people to
come to MIAAPT is for you, our current members, to drag someone you
know along with you!
- And in the coming year we are going to target mailings to some of
the schools and institutions who haven't been coming.
- We're looking at ways and making MIAAPT
meetings fun and different:
- There are a lot of good things that are happening at our
current MIAAPT meetings.
- But only a small fraction of our membership/mailing list actually
comes to any particular meeting.
- We are pretty constrained to hold our meetings on Saturdays,
which does take people away from other activities.
- We already try hard to vary the geographical site and type of
- Because of the density of population and institutions, much of
our membership comes from Southeastern Michigan. So we have to both
accommodate them and reach out as far "out-state" as is
- The Upper Pennisula is hard to crack -- travel times from there
are very long. I can recall only one U.P. attendee in eight years
(from Michigan Tech). Should we try to have a sub-section meeting in
the U.P. sometime? It's something to consider.
- We looked into having the Fall 2002 Meeting at a northern Lower
Pennisula resort, but while it would be "fun" and a chance
to combine a meeting with a family outing during the autumn color
season, the costs and guarantees that the resorts required made it
impossible for a group of our size. So for the foreseeable future we
shall continue to hold meetings at members' institutions.
Communications go both ways -- contact any MIAAPT officer about any
issue. We'll be glad to hear from you.
13 October 2002 · PEK