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ANNUAL WOMEN in PHYSICS PUBLIC LECTURE at UPenn on 10/27 (click to collapse or expand)

"A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves"

On Friday, October 27, the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Pennsylvania will host an Annual Women in Physics Public Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Jill Tarter, Bernard Oliver Chair at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. The event is made possible by a Fund to Encourage Women grant. WiPLogo

When: Friday, October 27, 2017, 6 pm
Where: University of Pennsylvania, Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Free

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history. We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos, and where we are going. We want to know whether there is life beyond the Earth and whether any of it is intelligent. Since the middle of the twentieth century we have had tools that permit us to embark on a scientific exploration to try to answer this old question. We no longer have to ask the priests and philosophers what we should believe about extraterrestrial life; we can explore and discover what’s actually out there. Our tools are getting ever better. We have discovered extremophiles in the most unexpected places on this planet and we have discovered that there really are far more planets than stars out there. We haven’t yet found life beyond Earth yet, but there is a vast amount of potentially-habitable real estate to explore. The 21st century will be the century in which we will find some answers, this will be your century. As we look up and look out, we are forced to see ourselves from a cosmic perspective; a perspective that shows us as all the same, all Earthlings. This perspective is fundamental to finding a way to sustain life on Earth for the long future.

Dr. Tarter has served as the Project Scientist for NASA’s Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide. Among her numerous honors, she has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Aerospace, two Public Service Medals from NASA, Chabot Observatory’s Person of the Year award (1997), Women of Achievement Award in the Science and Technology category by the Women’s Fund and the San Jose Mercury News (1998), and the Tesla Award of Technology at the Telluride Tech Festival (2001). She was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2002 and a California Academy of Sciences Fellow in 2003.

FALL DEMO DAY at OJRHS on 10/28 (click to collapse or expand)

Get your demos ready for Fall Demo Day! Collaborate with colleagues, share ideas and earn at 48 credits!

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9 am - noon
Coffee, bagels and fruit will be available beginning at 8:30 am
Where: Owen J. Roberts High School (rooms 1114 and 1110), 981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA
Cost: Free (donations towards refreshments would be welcome, but are not required)
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 23 via this link:
Optional lunch to follow at your own cost.

Looking for some new strategies for your physics classroom? Want to bounce some ideas off of your colleagues? Demo Day is a chance for physics teachers to come together and share ideas for demonstrations and laboratory instruction. Share an idea or just come and learn strategies from others.

This event is worth Act 48 credits; please, bring your PPID number along.

If renewing your membership, dues remain $10. New members get their first year's membership FREE!

Equipment on site includes, but is not limited to: Vernier interfaces and proves (motion detectors, photogates, thermometers, etc.), Mac or PC available, and standard physics classroom equipment (van de Graff generators, aligator clip wires, multimeters, carts and tracks, etc.).

VERNIER DEMO with FRAN POODRY on 10/26 (click to collapse or expand)

Our colleage / Vernier representative is coming out to introduce new Vernier tools to use in your classroom.

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Where: West Chester's East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA 19380
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 14 - email Art Zadrony at
Optional dinner with Fran to follow, at your own cost.

Fran is an experienced physics teacher who now works at Vernier developing laboratories and making technology accessible in the classroom. She is traveling to the East coast, and is able to give SEPS AAPT a special look at Vernier's new equipment. An optional dinner will follow; be sure to RSVP so resturant reservations can be made.

DISCUSSION FORUM - Evaluating Interest (click to collapse or expand)
Is there an interest in hosting a SEPA discussion forum?
A discussion forum could provide the ability for those who cannot always attend events to participate in the SEPA community, sharing ideas or engaging in academic discussion with colleagues and science educators.

Those interested in seeing a discussion forum added to the SEPA page should contact Barry Feierman ( In your message, please, include topics of interest.

AAPT / SEPS Membership

Please join us or renew your membership by mailing $10.00 to:

Art Zadrozny
Treasurer SEPS/AAPT
16 Painters Lane
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
Jillian Waldman
Treasurer's Apprentice SEPS/AAPT


We have Spring and Fall meetings, demo nights, and can provide lots of information and tips on teaching and physics.

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