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Teaching Science in the 21st Century Topic of Resnick Lecture at Johns Hopkins

November 28, 2011
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A Nobel Prize winning physicist who is Associate Director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will deliver the Robert Resnick Lecture at The Johns Hopkins University at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

Carl Wieman, who has conducted extensive research in atomic and laser physics and who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the creation of a new form of matter known as “Bose-Einstein condensation,” will present “Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Methods of Science to Teach Science” in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus. The event is free and open to the public. Call 410-516-7346 for information.

Wieman is the founding Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education and has received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award (2001), the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. University Professor of the Year Award (2004) and the American Association of Physics Teacher’s Oersted Medal (2007) for his work on science education.

Wieman will discuss how, even though science has advanced rapidly over the last 500 years, science education has remained largely medieval.

“I will discuss the failures of traditional education practices, even as used by ‘very good’ teachers, and the successes of some new practices and technology that characterize a more effective approach,” says Wieman, who advocates a “research approach” to teaching science.

The lecture honors Johns Hopkins alumnus Resnick, a renowned physics educator.

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