Spring 2019 Meeting

The Spring Meeting of the Southern Atlantic Coast Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SACS-AAPT) will be March 29 and 30, 2019 at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. We are now accepting abstracts for contributed talks and posters. To register for the meeting and to submit an abstract, please go to: https://goo.gl/forms/9svSyg3ymdsGxhbQ2. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 22 (one week before the meeting).

Tentative Schedule:
Friday, March 29 -- 6:00 PM Banquet
7:00 PM Keynote speaker
8:00 PM Optional Planetarium Show (free public show)
Saturday, March 30 -- 8:00 AM Concurrent Workshops
9:00 AM Contributed Talks
10:30 AM Poster session and coffee break
11:00 AM Contributed Talks
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Business Meeting and Elections

Registration Costs:
$60 - Friday and Saturday (Faculty)
$50 - Friday and Saturday (HS Teacher, student, retired, lifetime member)
$40 - Saturday Only (Faculty)
$30 - Saturday Only (HS Teacher, student, retired, lifetime member)
$20 - Friday Only (Same for anyone, usually used for spouses who might want to attend the banquet but not the meeting.)

Here is a direct link to the registration payment site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2019-sacs-aapt-meeting-tickets-56810.... However, you will need to use the link given above to register and submit an abstract.

Travel Information:
If you are traveling to Dahlonega from out of town and are looking for a hotel for the evening of Friday, March 29th, you might need to book a room now. Dahlonega is a popular destination for weddings, especially in the spring, and hotels are filling up quickly. I was able to hold a few rooms at two local hotels but the deadline for reserving one of these rooms is February 28th.
• Days Inn by Wyndham Dahlonega, 706-756-6069, mention SACS-AAPT for the rate of $115.
• Hall House Hotel, 706-867-5009.

Keynote Speaker:
I am pleased to share with you some more information about our keynote speaker. Emily Smith is a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University and is a member of CPERL (the Cornell Physics Education Research Lab). In her talk, "Why do traditional labs fail?" she will address instructors who are consumers of PER by (1) discussing the features of "traditional" labs that make them inefficient and, possibly, ineffective at teaching physics concepts and (2) discussing the features of lab instruction that PER has shown to improve students' experimentation skills and attitudes about experimental physics.

Sarah Formica
SACS-AAPT President

Please contact Sarah Formica (Sarah.Formica@ung.edu) for more information.