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Carl Wieman: Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education


Carl Wieman

Nobel Laureate in Physics (2001)
U.S. Professor of the Year (2004)
Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education
Stanford University

Thursday, March 22nd
4:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium

Sponsored by: 

Office of the President
Office of the Provost
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office of the Dean of Undergraduates
Center for Teaching Excellence

Carl Wieman

Professor Wieman has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level. Wieman served as founding chair of the Board of Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences and was the founder of PhET, which provides online interactive simulations that are used 100 million times per year to learn science. Wieman directed the science education initiatives at the Universities of Colorado and British Columbia, which carried out large scale change in teaching methods across university science departments. He served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House from 2010-12.  He has also studied student learning and problem solving and the comparative effectiveness of different methods for teaching science.

He recently published Improving How Universities Teach Science with Harvard University Press, which chronicles his efforts to reform STEM education through his Science Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado and the University of British Columbia.