Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Nobel Prize-Winner Carl Wieman

Photo of Carl Wieman.

The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents internationally respected physicist Carl Wieman at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. His remarks are titled “Taking a scientific approach to teaching science (and most other subjects).”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required. Free parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Parking Garage across the street from the Student Union.

Combining his career strengths and passions, Wieman will be lecturing on how to improve contemporary science teaching methods. Research on how people learn is revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning than what is currently employed in traditional science classes. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide relevant, effective science education for all students. Wieman will explore these new approaches, as well as cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure teaching quality.

Wieman holds a joint appointment at Stanford University as a professor of physics and professor in the Graduate School of Education. He has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level. Among his many accomplishments, Wieman served as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2010‐12. Wieman has received numerous awards recognizing his work in atomic physics, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001 for the first creation of a Bose‐Einstein condensate. He also has studied student learning and problem solving and the comparative effectiveness of different methods for teaching science.