Well, I am just about ready to head for Chicago, hopefully on an earlier flight than planned by going standby. So it will be a fairly long period of sitting and waiting in and on public transportation today. I’ll be attending the AAPT winter meeting this weekend, learning stuff and hanging out with some of my favorite kinds of people: physics teachers!
I’m hoping to run into sciencegeekgirl and the dotPhysics blogger, meet the wife of my distance learning professor of the past year, have chats with some old acquaintances from various parts of the country, and also learn stuff about teaching physics. There will be sessions on pedagogy, innovative labs/activities, uses for new technologies in the classroom, research on how to teach physics so that people learn it well, and current research/theories/news. Nobelist George Smoot will give a talk, and so will pioneering astrophysicist Vera Rubin, who discovered that dark matter has to exist. Since the AAPT meeting is being run in conjunction with the meeting of the AAAS, I might go to some of their sessions as well. I’ve been told Al Gore will be speaking. (It’ll be today and I don’t think I’ll go, but I might…)
I’m off to finish packing and catch a train to the airport! Buzz will keep my husband company until Monday night.