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Department of Physics hosts conference about revised MCATs
03-25-14

The conference was held March 21 on campus.
The conference was held March 21 on campus.

The Department of Physics at Misericordia University and the American Association of Physics Teachers Central Pennsylvania Section recently presented the lecture, “The Revised Medical College Admission Test and the Next Generation Science Standards: Implications for Science Education.’’

Robert C. Hilborn, Ph.D., associate executive officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), delivered the keynote address. The medical community has reviewed and revised the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the last few years. The test focuses on student competencies. Similar themes are included in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-12 science education. Dr. Hilborn addressed the two developments and discussed the implications for the content and pedagogy for science education at both the high school and college levels.
 
Founded in 1930, AAPT is the leading organization for physics educators with more than 10,000 members worldwide. The organization’s mission is to advance the greater good through physics teaching. It provides members with opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment.
 
For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
 
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The Department of Physics at Misericordia University and the American Association of Physics Teachers Central Pennsylvania Section recently presented the lecture, “The Revised Medical College Admission Test and the Next Generation Science Standards: Implications for Science Education.’’ Misericordia University students, standing from left, Shannon Laul, Dallas, Pa.; Julia Callavini, McAdoo, Pa.; Heather Marsico, Duryea, Pa.; Jacqueline McMullen, Tamaqua, Pa.; Kathryn Heffner, Somerset, N.J., and Zachary Murphy, Whitehall, Pa., pose with keynote speaker, Robert C. Hilborn, Ph.D., associate executive officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers, before participating in the conference.