University of New Hampshire, USA, 2002, Physics with honors
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, 2004, German "Diplom" in Physics
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2009, Physics
I'm a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative working on physics education research in the Physics and Astronomy Department here at UBC. I enjoy working with anyone interested in science education and outreach -- from students to senior lecturers. My aim is to help implement evidence-based educational methods into the classroom to improve student learning and achievement.
As an instructor, I view myself as a 'coach' helping students to make sense of physics concepts and to connect their understanding to the real world. I devote class time to engaging students in active discussions and problem solving to make class time feel more like a dialogue and less like a lecture.
I am also interested in Atomic and Molecular Physics, specifically in low-energy, or 'cold', collisions. I worked on developing a molecular synchrotron aimed at observing just such collisions. These experiments and others in the field of cold atoms, molecular beams and traps, and molecular collisions are topics I find particularly exciting.
PER: Interactive techniques, peer instruction, long-term retention of fundamental physics concepts; MP: cold molecules and collisions