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‘Taking a Scientific Approach to Teaching Science’ a Talk by Nobel Laureate Professor Carl Wieman

We are excited to welcome Nobel Laureate Professor Carl Wieman, Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University, as a second guest speaker for the virtual Parami Talk Series on January 17, 2021. (Register to join the event: https://cutt.ly/QjeP8Uw)

Professor Wieman will mainly talk about the evolution of science education and share his recent research that set the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. The talk will also cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure the quality of teaching. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science and engineering teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Professor Wieman is the 2020 Yidan Prize Laureate for Education Research for his project on PhET (Physics Education Technology) which is a free online education platform for educators and students to help reduce the lack of accessible STEM resources for students with disabilities and offer an inclusive and interactive online environment for students to experience science in innovative way. 

His research focuses on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional science class. Students and instructors find such teaching more rewarding, and it also shows students how to learn most effectively. 

About Professor Carl Wieman 

Carl Wieman is a Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University. Professor Wieman has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001) and university science and engineering education (Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year 2004). He founded PhET, which provides online interactive simulations that are used 100 million times/year to learn science and recently published a book “Improving How Universities Teach Science.” He is currently studying expertise and problem solving in science and engineering disciplines, and how this can be better measured and taught. Most recently, he is the recipient of the 2020 Yidan International Prize for Education Research.

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