Nobel-prize-winning University of Britsh Columbia (UBC) professor Carl Wieman, renowned for his work improving science education, is heading to Washington after being named to a key post in the Obama administration.
Wieman has been nominated for the position of associate director of science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His appointment must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Improving both the quality of public education and funding for scientific research is one of the core priorities of the Obama administration, which has committed to boosting research and development in the United States to 3 per cent of GDP.
Prof. Wieman shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for work on creating new states of matter predicted by quantum physics, known as Bose-Einstein condensation. He then came to UBC in 2006 to head the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, which is dedicated to researching better methods for teaching science.
Wieman spoke at the 2003 Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) Conference; its proceedings are hosted on SPIE.org.
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