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Event Notices From March 19

Nobel Winner To Discuss Science, Engineering Education At UM: Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will present a free talk titled “A Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education” on Thursday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. Wieman was the founding chair of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education and has received numerous awards for his work on education. He says taking a research approach to teaching science and engineering now is revealing principles and practices that achieve much better learning than traditional approaches. Wieman has conducted extensive research in atomic and laser physics. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the creation of a new form of matter known as Bose-Einstein condensate. He was appointed associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in September 2010. Previously, he divided his time between the University of British Columbia and the University of Colorado. At each institution, he served as both a professor of physics and the director of collaborative science education initiatives aimed at achieving widespread improvement in undergraduate science education. The venue is the Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor. The sponsor is the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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