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2017 IAAPT Meeting - November 4, 2017

The 2017 IAAPT meeting will be held at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa.

Free equipment give away    The following equipment will be given away on a first come first serve basis to people who attend the meeting.

40 ea. – Vernier LabPro Interfaces
1 ea. – Vernier Motion Detector

5 ea. – Current Balances with power supply and milligram mass sets
12 ea. - milligram mass sets
Many- Front surface mirrors, one in by one inch and one by one and a half inch.
6 ea. - Binaculars
10 ea. – 12 volt, 1.6 amp, regulated power supplies
11 ea. – 6 volt, 6 amp, regulated power supplies
6 ea. – St. Louis Motors with bar magnets   
4 ea. – St. Louis Motors without bar magnets
8 ea. – Solenoid sets
Electrostatic proof planes
Many chargers for rechargeable batteries
Many sets of test leads
18 ea. – 11 inch X 11 inch pieces of tempered glass
9 ea. – Thermistors
11 ea. – heat absorbing filters
Many porcelain single pole knife switches……some mounted on wood plates with banana cord socket connections
Many porcelain double pole knife switches…..some mounted on wood plates with banana cord socket connections


2016 IAAPT Meeting - November 5, 2016

The 2016 IAAPT meeting will be held in Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 1 (Note the room change from previous announcements), Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa.


Our own Dr. Bill Kurth will be giving a key note address on the Juno spacecraft mission and the latest information coming from Jupitor.

Cornelia Lang will be giving a short presentation about the new Hawkeyes in Space exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum when we take our tour there right after lunch.




2015 IAAPT Meetings:

    The 2015 IAAPT is being held November 7th, 2015 at the Central Academy in Des Moines, Iowa.


          Scholarship Opportunity:

Do you know any high school seniors looking to major in physics? Simpson College recently received a NSF grant that will provide 15 financially needy incoming students with financial assistance ($33,600 over four years), mentorship, and research opportunities as they pursue a degree in a mathematical STEM field. For this reason, we are recruiting talented high school seniors to come to Simpson as undergraduates.

For information on the Carver Bridge to STEM Success Scholarship Program visit the following website:

If you know any students who might be interested in this opportunity, we are more than happy to discuss more over email or phone. Contact Professor Aaron Santos at or call at 515-961-1826.

AAPT - Two Year College New Faculty Training Experience:


We are in the process of recruiting for the next Two Year College New Faculty Training Experience. It begins in late January. We have grant money for 30 participants. If you know anybody at a TYC who is new to teaching it would be an excellent opportunity for them. If you have a meeting yet this fall please make an announcement for us as well.  Thanks for your help.  Here is a link to more TYC information on the AAPT web site at





2014 IAAPT Meeting

The 2014 IAAPT meeting will be a joint meeting of the Iowa and Illinois AAPT sections.  It will be held at Bettendorf High School,

     3333 18th St, Bettendorf, IA 52722


Our own Dr. Craig Kletzing will be giving a plenary and be the evening banquet speaker with a talk titled "The Van Allen Radiation Belt Storm Probes" at 7:00 pm, October 24th. 


All registration, call for presentations, and requests for workshops are handled through the Illinois Website listed above. 




NOV. 2nd, 2013

Iowa Section
Fall 2013 Meeting
Saturday, November 2, 2013
8:30 am – 4:00 pm  

  RAMS Center
1400 Technology Drive
14th St. SE

  Oelwein, IA 50662 

Local contact: Nathan Quarderer




                                                                                          Meeting Program, Session Info and Abstracts, Etc.

The IAAPT agenda for Saturday Nov. 14 should be something like this:

Registration will be from 8:00 till 9:00 on the second floor of the Iowa Memorial Union ( IMU ) at the south end of the building.  Parking can be had in the ramp located just across the street to the east of the IMU.
Coffee and Donuts will be available.

APS sessions on Particle Physics and Condensed Matter are scheduled from 8:30 till 10:00 and from 10:30 till 11:30.

The IAAPT business meeting will go from 10:00 till we are done but no later than 11:30.

The co-sponsored IAAPT / APS session begins at 11:30 in Rm 243 (Ballroom) of the IMU presided over by Wade Sick.  We have one invited speaker and 5 contributing speakers in this session.  The session will end at 1:06 pm.

We will walk as a group to the Devotay restaurant which features cuisine with an Iowa City flair.  We should be at the restaurant by 1:20. Pre-ordering can be done at registration to help speed things up and keep on schedule.  A menu featuring most of the items can be seen at:

2:30 should find us in the Van Allen building less than a block south of the restaurant in Lecture Room 1 (LR1) where we will have a short demo show featuring some of the large scale demonstrations here at the Physics Department.

3:30 or sooner - Meeting Ends.


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           This years meeting takes place on Saturday, November 3, on the campus of Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa.  Registration begins at 8:30

           with the meeting starting at 9:00 am.  Please remember to bring $7 for dues, and $6 for the buffet, to be paid when you register. Invited speakers for this years meeting

           feature two Iowa teachers who, in part, teach science by having students do science; Larry Schwinger of West Central Valley High School,

           and Steve Feller, physics professor at Coe College.  Many door prizes and giveaways will be awarded. 

          The 2006 ISAAPT meeting will be a joint meeting of the Iowa and Illinois AAPT sections.  It will be held at Rock Island High School,

          1400 25th Ave., Rock Island, Illinois 61201 


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