Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold  




Absolute Zero Expert Survey

An integral part of the Absolute Zero national outreach campaign is an informal Speakers Bureau comprised of experts in the field of low-temperature physics. Drawn from academia, businesses and the research community, these individuals provide invaluable insight regarding this unique area of scientific exploration and hopefully inspire the next generation of scientists.

Absolute Zero Experts may serve as mentors; participate in educational, after-school and community events; or make presentations before professional organizations leading up to the broadcast of the PBS documentaries, which are expected to premiere in spring 2007. Absolute Zero Experts may also assist in answering online questions on the campaign Web site.

The national outreach campaign is underwritten by the National Science Foundation and supported by a number of national organizations (see below). Experts are being drawn from their membership and from other interested parties. For more details about the campaign, please log on to www.absolutezerocampaign.org.

Absolute Zero Experts will be able to use outreach materials available on the Absolute Zero Web site including a Professional Science Outreach Guide and a Community Education Outreach Guide that includes a wide variety of low-temperature presentations and experiments aimed at students in middle school. An Absolute Zero Webinar (coming soon) will provide additional tips on making low-temperature physics come alive.

We hope you will consider participating in this important endeavor by becoming an Absolute Zero Expert. Please complete the attached short survey and return to Allan Childers, project manager, Devillier Communications, Inc. (achilders@devillier.com). Thank you for your consideration.

National Partners:
· Acoustical Society of America
· American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
· American Institute of Physics (AIP)
· American Physical Society (APS)
· American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
· Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
· Cryogenic Society of America, Inc.
· Department of Energy, Office of Science (DOE)
· National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC)
· National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
· Optical Society of America
· Society of Physics Students (SPS)/Sigma Pi Sigma
· USA TODAY Education

National Participants:
· National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
· National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Absolute Zero Experts FAQ

What is expected from an Absolute Zero Expert?
This program is strictly voluntary. We appreciate whatever time you are able to commit to the campaign. The goal is to inspire and bring to students the fascinating world of low-temperature physics. As an Absolute Zero Expert, we would ask that you send us a brief report after each presentation. Where and to whom did you speak? With whom did you work? What was the response?

Make presentations about Absolute Zero and low-temperature physics.
Absolute Zero Experts are individuals who are available to speak at local schools, libraries, science centers, children’s museums and other public forums. As part of your presentation, we will ask that you mention the upcoming special, Absolute Zero, which will be broadcast on public television stations and available to both classroom and informal educators.

Work with Absolute Zero National Partners and Participants.
The National Partners are aware of the campaign and may seek experts to help with local or regional presentations. For example, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), which is the largest association of science museums in the world, is encouraging its members to conduct low-temperature presentations around the broadcast. Absolute Zero Experts may want to team up with a local chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and/or the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), which are focusing on low-temperature physics in the coming year. For additional information about the Partners and the campaign, please log on to www.absolutezerocampaign.org or contact Allan Childers at achilders@devillier.com.

Participate in online discussion boards; respond to online questions.
The campaign Web site will feature an online discussion board that will encourage a dialogue among students, educators and scientists. We hope you will participate in this important outreach effort.

Share your outreach tips.
Coming this fall will be an Absolute Zero Webinar led by several outstanding scientists/educators. Viewers will receive tips on how to conduct effective and entertaining low-temperature physics presentations. We encourage you to share with us your experience in this field.

Absolute Zero Expert Survey

(Please Type or Print - print this page or download the PDF version and send back to us)

Yes, I would like to become an Absolute Zero Expert.

Name: ________________________________

Title: _________________________

Organization: _______________________________________________________

Phone: _________________ E-Mail: _____________________________________

Are you a teacher? Yes ________ No _________

If so, what do you teach?



What grades do you teach? __________________________________________________________________

Are you a member of any professional organizations? Yes ______ No ________

Please provide the name of your affiliation(s):

Are you a member of an Absolute Zero National Partner or National Participant organization?  Yes _____ No __________

If yes, please list below.



Please provide a brief description of your experience in the field of low-temperature physics.






Are you currently involved in any community outreach programs?

Yes ________ No _________

If yes, please describe.




To whom have your primarily spoken? Students ( ) Adults ( )

Do you include experiments in your presentations? Yes _______ No ________

If so, where do you conduct them? Which are the most popular?

Do you have a Web site? Yes ___________ No __________

What is the address (or URL)? ___________________________________________

Would you like to receive an update on Absolute Zero and the national campaign?

Yes ____________ No _______________

We would like to list all of our Absolute Zero Experts on the campaign Web site, along with their e-mail address. This will facilitate requests that may come in to DCI.
Please let us know if this is acceptable to you.

Yes ______________ No _________________


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