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American Institute of Physics news (part 1) - Feb 24, 2004 at 10:42AM
Martha
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Virtual study lounge: physics students
study, meet in the Nucleus

College Park, MD (February 23, 2003) – Where
can you access the latest in physics
research and also vote on the best version
of The Matrix?

College students can check out the Nucleus,
a website that offers free interactive
activities to help students share physics
ideas.

"Our site doesn't really have any
competitors," said technical lead Thad
Lurie. "We just thought about the kinds of
things physics students like to do, and made
it happen."

In the Nucleus, physics and astronomy
students will find polls, reviews of college
level textbooks, contests, job postings, the
latest physics news, and even haikus.

"It was fun to see the responses from other
colleges and to see some of the
similarities. U. Louisville has a professor
that was referred to as 'the man,' while we
at Juniata also have a professor who can be
referred to only as 'the man'," said user
Michael Best, a student at Juniata College,
Huntingdon, PA, via email. "Beyond using the
Nucleus as a research tool for summer
employment, I have also used it as research
for classes. The links section has several
pages that are full of figures that I have
included in lab reports and presentations."

"Without the interactions, we're a site
providing useful content," said Lurie. "WITH
the interactions, there is so much more -
sure, we still have the content, but now we
also have other students' opinions about the
content, discussions about the content,
questions about the content, materials that
are related to the content."


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American Institute of Physics news (part 2) - Feb 24 2004 10:41AM
Martha
3 Posts

The Nucleus is an entrance portal for a huge
collection of physics resources called
comPADRE. ComPADRE is an organization of
collections, including the Physical Sciences
Resource Center, or PSRC. Through The
Nucleus, students can access everything in
the comPADRE resources database. Materials
can also be submitted to the database, and
are reviewed by a committee before becoming
part of the physics resources database. The
next comPADRE portal to become public, The
Quantum Exchange, will provide resources to
help professors teach modern and quantum
physics. Other planned portals include
teaching materials for introductory college
astronomy, high school physics teachers, and
informal education.

"The Nucleus is important to the future of
physics in general, because it provides a
community meeting place for a small and
often isolated, but important, segment of
society," said Gary White, the director of
the Society of Physics Students.

The site has registered 500 users since its
rollout in late December.

The Nucleus website is a project of the
American Association of Physics Teachers in
conjunction with the Society for Physics
Students. It is supported in part by the
National Science Foundation, the American
Physical Society Campaign for Physics and
the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Bruce
Mason of the University of Oklahoma is the
principal investigator.

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