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A new assessment of mathematical reasoning development in physics instruction

Date:  Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: 100 Willamette Hall

Speaker: Suzanne White Brahmia Department of Physics, University of Washington

Abstract:  Mathematical reasoning flexibility across physics contexts is a desirable learning outcome of introductory physics, where the “math world” and “physical world” meet, yet research on upper division physics students reveals that majors continue to struggle making sense of the sophisticated ways that physics uses simple mathematics.  Physics Quantitative Literacy (PQL) is a set of interconnected skills and


Research from McMorran lab featured in Around-the-O

The UO Physics McMorran lab has created a technique, STEM holography, that sends electrons along two separate paths, one going through a sample and one not. This allows them to measure the delay between them to create a high-resolution image. It provides improved atomic resolution of a sample’s outer structure and unveils previously unseen interfaces between a sample and underlying material.

UO researchers have now shown — using microscopes at the UO, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Hitachi Ltd. Research and Development Group in Japan — that STEM holography works.



Physics Faculty and GEs benefit from UO’s Science Teaching Journal Club

After evaluating articles and research about teaching science and studying broader teaching methods participants are enabled to explore and support implementation of evidence-based teaching practices.

Several graduate students who have been involved in the Science Literacy Program continue to attend the journal club throughout their doctoral studies at the UO because of the valuable teaching experience it provides on top of training in their area of research.

The journal club meets every Thursday during the academic term at 9 a.m. in Room 217 in the Lewis Integrated Science Building.