APPALACHIAN SECTION


  A Short History of the Appalachian Section of the AAPT

  AAPT - Appalachian Section Meetings

  Section Representatives to the National Council of AAPT

  Charter Members of the Appalachian Section of AAPT


 

A SHORT HISTORY OF
THE APPALACHIAN SECTION OF THE
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS

The Appalachian Section was formed in 1951 as the 12th AAPT regional section. Previously, the first one, the Western Pennsylvania Section, included some of the nearby West Virginia institutions. These institutions are now in the Appalachian Section. In order to become a section, it was necessary to submit a constitution and a list of members. Alderson-Broaddus College in Phillipi, West Virginia, was the site for the first meeting in 1951. The date was November 24, 1951. Ten charter members were founders. The first President was F. A. Clement, West Virginia State College and the Vice-President was Donald C. Martin, Marshall College. The 1951 meeting had only one paper, an invited one, delivered by O. Rex Ford, West Virginia University, on the hydrogen bomb. Plans for future meetings of the Section were also made.

During the second meeting at Morris-Harvey College in October 1952, Frederick A. Clement, the President, gave remarks entitled "Where are We Going?" In this talk he emphasized the need to give service to the members and the communities represented. He also suggested that at the meetings papers be presented on current advances in physics, research at member institutions and methodology.

The Appalachian Section now includes the entire state of West Virginia; the Ohio counties of Jefferson, Belmont, Monroe, Washington, Athens, Meigs, Callia and Lawrence; and the Maryland countries of Allegany, Garrett and Washington. The Constitution, consisting of six articles (Name, Object, Membership, Officers, Committees, Amendments) and two by laws (Dues, Meetings), was amended in 1963, 1968, 1970, 1979 and 1990. The object of the Section as stated in the Constitution is: ". . the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics with special reference to the teaching of the subject." High school, college and university teachers participate. Professionals from business and industry also attend.

A survey of topics presented and discussed at the meetings since 1951 includes, among others, the following: teacher education and preparation, lecture demonstrations, current research and applications in physics, cooperation among high school and college physics teachers, Historical aspects of physics, laboratory experiments, mathematical preparation, improvement of high school physics courses, laboratory report writing, programmed learning, PSCC physics course, summer teacher institutes, Harvard Project Physics course, meteorology, astronomy, textbooks, air pollution, physical science courses, physics and society, etc. These topics show a wide spectrum of papers presented over the years.

The meetings were originally only for one day Saturday. In recent years, since perhaps 1976 or 1977, an informal Friday evening session (involving computers, films, experiments, textual materials, etc.) was added. A coffee hour begins the Saturday morning program followed by invited papers. In the afternoon, several contributed papers are presented. The attendance is typically 35 to 40 or 50 persons and has been steady over many years as evidenced by the reports in the American Journal of Physics. In recent years, on two occasions joint meetings were held with the Western Pennsylvania Section (West Virginia University, April 1984) and with the Southern Ohio Section and the Ohio Section APS (Ohio University, Chillicothe, April 1986). In addition, a joint meeting was held in April 1991 with the Ohio Section APS, Southern Ohio Section and the Ohio Chapter of the American Vacuum Society at Ohio University. Kent State UniversityNew Philadelphia was the site of a joint meeting with the Southern Ohio, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Section in March 1994.

At the 1986 Meeting at Frostburg State University, the following committees were initiated by means of a questionnaire: Distinguished Service, Membership and Sustaining Membership, Communication and Nomination. It is hoped that these committees, along with the officers and other members, will continue into the future the fine traditions established since 1951. In this manner, the Section has benefited greatly in the past by the excellent and long-term service of three secretary-treasurers Donald C. Martin, James Brimhall and Francis Tam. During the 1987 meeting at West Virginia Wesleyan College, the first Distinguished Service Awards were given to Donald C. Martin (posthumous) and James Brimhall. In addition, two people have given more than five years of service as representatives to the National Council W. M. Pierce (Ohio University) and Tom Manakkil (Marshall University).

It is further hoped that more high schools, colleges and universities will be among those represented and participating at the annual meetings as the Section strives to promote and improve physics education at all levels in this three-state region.

Prepared by:

F. B. Stumpf, Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701

October 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995

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AAPT / APPALACHIAN SECTION MEETINGS
1951 - Present

DATE PLACE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY-TREASURER
2012 Ohio University - Athens G. Puskar, West Virginia University
J. J. Lynch, Wheeling Jesuit University
2011 West Virginia University
D. Kuhl, Marietta College
J. J. Lynch, Wheeling Jesuit University
2010 Marietta College
M. Sawtarie, Marietta College
J. J. Lynch, Wheeling Jesuit University
2009 Bethany College
P. Sharma, West Virginia Northern Community College
J. J. Lynch, Wheeling Jesuit University
2008 West Virginia Northern Community College
J. E. Wiest, West Virginia Wesleyan College
J. J. Lynch, Wheeling Jesuit University
2007 West Virginia Wesleyan College
G. Puskar, West Virginia University
J. J. Lynch, Wheeling Jesuit University
2006 West Virginia University
H. Seyoum, West Virginia State University
J. J. Lynch (Acting), Wheeling Jesuit University
2005 West Virginia State University
O. Soysal, Frostburg State University
J. J. Lynch (Acting), Wheeling Jesuit University
2004 Frostburg State University ???
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
2003 West Virginia Institute of Technology
John Herrmann, Franciscan University
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
2002 Franciscan University
???, Marshall University
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
2001 Marshall University
???, Fairmont State College
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
2000 Fairmont State College P. Ehni, Wheeling Jesuit University
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
1999 Wheeling Jesuit University G.A. Popson, Jr., West Virginia Wesleyan College
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
1998 West Virginia Wesleyan 
College
C. Baker, Ohio University
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
1997 Ohio University S. Luzader, Frostburg State University
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
1996 Frostburg State University C. Rotter, West Virginia University
J. Kettler, Ohio University Eastern
1995 West Virginia University W. Leech, West Liberty State College
A.E. Wilson, West Virginia Institute of Technology
1994 West Liberty State College J. Magan, West Virginia State College
A.E. Wilson, West Virginia Institute of Technology
1993 West Virginia State College W. Dumke, Marshall University
T. Manakkil, Marshall University
1992 Marshall University J. Kettler, Ohio University-Belmont County
T. Manakkil, Marshall University
1991 Ohio University-Belmont County Alpha E. Wilson, West Virginia Institute of Technology
F. Tam, Frostburg State University
1990 West Virginia Institute of Technology Majid Sawtarie, Bethany College
F. Tam, Frostburg State University
1989 Bethany College Sharmi Roy, Davis and Elkins College
F. Tam, Frostburg State University
1988 Davis and Elkins College J. E. Wiest, West Virginia Wesleyan College
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1987 West Virginia Wesleyan College J. Hoffman, Frostburg State College
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1986 Frostburg State College F.B. Stumpf, Ohio University
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1985 Ohio University C. Rotter, West Virginia University
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1984 West Virginia University W. Shanholtzer, Marshall University
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1983 Marshall University J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1982 West Virginia State J. Kettler, Ohio University-Belmont County
College
F. Tam, Frostburg State College
1981 Ohio University-Belmont
County
K. Honey, West Virginia Institute of Technology
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1980 West Virginia Institute of Technology H.W. Leech, Jefferson Technical College
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1979 Bethany College F. Tam, Frostburg State College
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1978 Frostburg State College T. Manakkil, Marshall University
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1977 Marshall University W. Vehse, West Virginia University
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1976 West Virginia University R.L. Anderson, Marietta College
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1975 Marietta College C.L. Foster, Bluefield State College
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1974 Bluefield State College A.R. Rana, West Virginia Institute of Technology
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1973 West Virginia Institute of Technology W. Shanholtzer, Marshall University
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1972 Marshall University F.B. Stumpf, Ohio University
J. Brimhall, West Virginia State College
1971 Ohio University R.W. Cole, West Virginia Wesleyan College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1970 West Virginia Wesleyan   College E.O. Cook, Frostburg State College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1969 Frostburg State College E.M. Ford, Fairmont State College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1968 Morris Harvey College B.K. Alter, Morris Harvey College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1967 West Virginia University H.N. Rexroad, West Virginia University
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1966 Wheeling College Rev. Frank R. Haig, Wheeling College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1965 Marietta College W.H. Davis, Marietta College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1964 Salem College A.E. Wilson, Salem College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1963 Ohio University J.E. Edwards, Ohio University
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1962 Marshall University A.K. Van Scoy, Potomac State College
D.C. Martin, Marshall University
1961 West Virginia University O.R. Ford, West Virginia University
D.C. Martin, Marshall College
1960
O.R. Ford, West Virginia University
D.C. Martin, Marshall College
1959 Marietta College D.B. Williamson, West Virginia University
J.B. Gabel, Lancaster (Ohio) High School
1958 Morris Harvey College J.T. Shipman, Ohio University
S. Ash, Marshall College High School
1957 West Virginia University S. Farr, West Virginia University
1956 Ohio University H. Ward, Marshall College High School
1955 Fairmont Senior High School W.M. Pierce, Ohio University
M.M. Miller, Fairmont High School
1954        Marietta College W.H. Walker, Morris Harvey College
D.C. Martin, Marshall College
1953 Marshall College D.C. Martin, Marshall College
D.C. Martin, Marshall College
1952 Morris Harvey College F. Clement, West Virginia State College
W. Sellers, Alderson-Broaddus College
1951 Alderson-Broaddus College F. Clement, West Virginia State College
W. Sellers, Alderson-Broaddus College
D.C. Martin, Marshall College (Vice President)

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SECTION REPRESENTATIVES TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF AAPT

YEAR REPRESENTATIVE /AFFILIATION
1951-53 C.M. Loyd, West Virginia Institute of Technology
1953-55 T.D. Phillips, Marietta College
1957-67 W.M. Pierce, Ohio University
1967-68 H.N. Rexroad, West Virginia University
1968-71 F.R. Haig, Wheeling College
1971-73 E.O. Cook, Frostburg State College
1973-77 R.L. Anderson, Marietta College
1977-79 R. Harkay, West Virginia Institute of Technology
1979-83 F. Goldberg, West Virginia University
1983-91 T. Manakkil, Marshall University
1991-2008 F. Tam, Frostburg State University
2008- G. Puskar, West Virginia University

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CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE APPALACHIAN SECTION - AAPT (1951)

NAME AFFILIATION
C.M. Loyd West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV
D.C. Martin Marshall College, Huntington, WV
R.P. Hron Marshall College, Huntington, WV
W.H. Sellers Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV
R.M. Bridgforth Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
M.T. Brackbill Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, VA
T.D. Phillips Marietta College, Marietta, OH
F.A. Clement West Virginia State College, Institute, WV
Ernest Ashley West Virginia State College, Institute, WV
A.K. Van Scoy Potomac State School, Keyser, WV

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