December 1, 2023

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Nobel Prize winner to communicate about science schooling study

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman will stop by campus Sept. 25-29 as an A.D. White Professor-at-Massive, working with learners and school and offering a general public chat about his do the job in science education and learning.

Wieman, professor of physics and education at Stanford University, received the Nobel Prize in 2001 for his get the job done in atomic and optical physics. The concentrate of his talks at Cornell will be about his investigation and efforts to boost science training at the university level.

Cornell’s Active Understanding Initiative (ALI), a method that gives grants to departments to help them introduce investigate-centered instructing pedagogies into their curriculum, was modeled closely following initiatives established by Wieman at the College of Colorado and the University of British Columbia.

“When I began operating with Carl as a postdoc at the University of Colorado-Boulder, ‘active-learning techniques’ was a new phrase at the college or university degree and the subject of discipline-centered instruction investigation was just starting,” said Michelle Smith, senior associate dean for undergraduate education and learning in the College or university of Arts and Sciences and the Ann S. Bowers Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “Because of Carl’s eyesight and guidance, a new era of college or university college students at numerous universities knowledge finding out in a entire new way. They appear to course with their minds on, completely ready to address difficulties, collaborate and implement their information to novel situations.”

Cornell’s Active Finding out Initiative has offered awards so significantly to 21 departments throughout the college, affecting practically 150 college instructing 100 classes to thousands of Cornell undergraduates each and every yr.

Wieman’s community communicate, “Teaching and Mastering Science in the 21st Century,” is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium in Rockefeller Corridor. The function is no cost and open up to the community.

“Guided by experimental assessments of concept and practice, science and engineering have advanced fast in the past 500 years. Education and learning in these topics, even so, guided generally by custom and dogma, has remained largely unchanged,” Wieman explained, describing his communicate. “Recent investigation is environment the stage for a new strategy to teaching that can give the suitable and successful science education and learning for all students that is desired for the 21st century.”

 Wieman is also the founder of PhET, which delivers on line interactive simulations to aid college students find out science, and the writer of “Improving How Universities Educate Science: Classes from the Science Instruction Initiative.” He is at the moment studying experience and issue-resolving in science and engineering disciplines, and how this can be greater measured and taught. Most recently, he was awarded the 2020 Yidan Worldwide Prize for Education and learning Investigate.

Along with Wieman’s community talk, he will be talking at the Physics Colloquium on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m., also in Schwartz Auditorium. The topic of that talk is “Teaching Pupils to Believe Like Physicists.” He will also be talking at an celebration for West Campus college students.

“As a new graduate university student being introduced to physics schooling investigate, I was notably thrilled by Carl’s idea of ‘taking a scientific strategy to science education’ – that I could use my physics education and my pursuits in physics exploration to study instructing and discovering in physics,” explained Natasha Holmes, the Ann S. Bowers Affiliate Professor in the Division of Physics (A&S). “It wasn’t just that I needed to have an understanding of quantum mechanics in purchase to say a thing about how to teach quantum mechanics, but that I could also use the equipment and methodologies for fixing physics troubles to resolve physics training problems.”

A.D. White Professors-at-Huge are appointed for 6-calendar year terms and pay a visit to campus for about a person 7 days in each a few-year period of time. There are at the moment 19 active Professors-at-Large, representing 5 disciplines.

Kathy Hovis is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.