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Date:2/13/2010

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Potvin and his colleagues will also present evidence from Project Crossover suggesting that students who spend more years in graduate school tend to earn less money after they finish. The reason for this connection is still unclear. The data also suggest that time spent in graduate school is usually dictated not by student, but by the university. (Talk FD02, http://www.aapt.org/scheduler/wm2010/NameResult.cfm?Code=FD02)

4) PHYSICS BOOT CAMP

Mark Greenman, a fellow at the National Science Foundation, runs a physics boot camp -- a training program for 50 Massachusetts teachers designed to improve their understanding of the subject. According to data from his small, self-selected group, a substantial portion of physics teachers know less about the content they are teaching than a proficient student would. Greenman gave the teachers a standardized test covering the subject of mechanics, which requires a score of 80 percent to achieve proficiency. While physics teachers with physics degrees tended to score above 90 percent, certified Physics teachers without physics degrees scored an average of 77 percent. Those who teach physics but without physics certifications were worse still: they only scored an average of 54 percent correct. "From our sample, 70 percent of the teachers have real misconceptions about the content that I'm sure they're sharing with their students," he said. But there is good news, too -- after the course, nearly all of the teachers tested as proficient, in the 90 percentile. "A 60-hour course can make a big difference," said Greenman. (Talk AI07, http://www.aapt.org/scheduler/wm2010/NameResult.cfm?Code=AI07)

5) EVERYDAY SCIENCE STORIES Several speakers will present their own creative approach
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