Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Carl Wieman as associate director for science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Nobel physics laureate is expected to spearhead the Administration's push to improve science education, drawing upon his pioneering work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to strengthen the undergraduate training of science and math teachers.
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 moved to the University of British Columbia in 2006 to head the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, which is dedicated to researching better methods for teaching science. After many years at the University of Colorado, he continues to serve there and at UBC as both the Director of Collaborative Science Education Initiatives aimed at achieving widespread improvement in undergraduate science education and as a Professor of Physics.
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Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (UBC)