Teaching News Archive

Hands-on teaching of introductory physics gains momentum

  A recently renovated physics classroom in the Edward V. Gant Science Complex was built to pilot a new approach to physics education, integrating lecture with lab rather than the classical approach of separating these components. Students and instructors apply concepts with hands-on activities throughout the lecture, practice new tools, and problem solve as a […]

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21st Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture

Monday, March 26, 2018 The 21st Annual Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture was hosted by the UConn Physics Department, featuring Dr. Takaaki Kajita, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner from the University of Tokyo, speaking on “Oscillating Neutrinos.”  After the lecture,  a banquet with the speaker was held for members and guests of the department. We enjoyed welcoming alumni and […]

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Special Lecture on Diversity and Inclusion

Solving the complex problems that we face in our world today requires a more talented workforce than we have ever needed before. Such a workforce must be comprised of a wide range of diverse talents and creative insights. No segment of the population can be ignored or overlooked in this talent search. This presentation will describe the most recent research that demonstrates the positive impact that social and informational diversity has on science and innovation, the reasons for this impact and the importance of committed leadership in achieving a strong and inclusive workplace where creativity and productivity is maximized.

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UConn offers new minor in Astronomy

The Physics Department has recently expanded its research and teaching specialties to include Astronomy with the addition of three new junior faculty: Cara Battersby, Jonathan Trump, and Kate Whitaker. In addition to the expertise in Observational Astronomy using the latest instruments and techniques, they are also spearheading a suite of new courses in Astronomy and […]

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Professor tests innovative approach to teaching Introductory Physics

Following up on results from Physics education research conducted at MIT and elsewhere, professor Jason Hancock  has begun the process of transforming the way Introductory Physics is taught at the University of Connecticut. Starting with the course PHYS 1601Q for physics majors, Prof. Hancock has developed a curriculum that integrates aspects of both lecture and lab […]

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Katzenstein lecture brings Nobel Laureat, UConn alumni to Storrs

The Katzenstein Distinguished Lectures series continued in Fall 2016 for its 19th year, with an October 28, 2016 lecture by Professor Leon N. Cooper of Brown University, entitled “On the Interpretation of the Quantum Theory: Can Free Will And Locality Exist Together In The Quantum Theory?” Professor Cooper shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics […]

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UConn Physics welcomes new teaching faculty

Assistant professors in residence (APiRs) are primarily responsible for teaching and managing large introductory service classes in cooperation with faculty. The Physics Department has recently promoted Diego Valente to APiR from his former position of Visiting Assistant Professor. Congratulations Diego on a well-deserved promotion. The department extends a warm welcome to three other APiRs, Belter Ordaz-Mendoza, Hani Duli, and […]

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  1. Professor Nadia Fomin, University of Tennessee, Professor Nadia Fomin, University of Tennessee, "Life and Death of the Free Neutron", Physics Colloquium3:30pm11/16
  2. Prof. Serge M. Nakhmanson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Prof. Serge M. Nakhmanson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, "Mesoscale simulations of ferroic functionalities with finite elements: MOOSE, Ferret and other animals", Physics Colloquium3:30pm11/9
  3. Adam Ginsburg, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico, Adam Ginsburg, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico, "High mass star and cluster formation", Physics Colloquium3:30pm11/2
  4. Prof. Roger Falcone, University of California, Berkeley and 2018 President of the American Physical Society, Prof. Roger Falcone, University of California, Berkeley and 2018 President of the American Physical Society, "Science at High Energy Density and Work of the American Physical Society", Physics Colloquium3:30pm10/19
  5. Prof. J. Brad Marston, Physics Department, Brown University, Prof. J. Brad Marston, Physics Department, Brown University, "El Nino as a Topological Insulator: A Surprising Connection Between Climate and Quantum Physics", Physics Colloquium3:30pm10/12
  6. Prof. Dawn Meredith, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire, Prof. Dawn Meredith, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire, "Instructor and student resources in the physics course for life science students", Physics Colloquium3:30pm10/5
  7. Prof. Steve Finkelstein, Department of Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin, Prof. Steve Finkelstein, Department of Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin, "Understanding the Reionization of the Universe Now and with JWST", Physics Colloquium3:30pm9/28
  8. Dr. Peter D Drummond FAA, Centre for Quantum and Optical Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Peter D Drummond FAA, Centre for Quantum and Optical Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, "Testing quantum mechanics with modern technology", Physics Colloquium3:30pm9/21
  9. Professor Alexandra Pope, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Alexandra Pope, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Rise of dust: Completing our Census of Cosmic Star Formation", Physics Colloquium3:30pm9/14
  10. Title: Contributions of Dr. Nora Berrah to the Growth of the Physics Department, Physics ColloquiumTitle: Contributions of Dr. Nora Berrah to the Growth of the Physics Department, Physics Colloquium3:30pm9/7
  11. Prof. Gerald Dunne, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Prof. Gerald Dunne, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, "Stephen Hawking: His Life and His Physics", Sigma Pi Sigma Colloquium4:00pm4/27
  12. UConn Physics Colloquium, A celebration in recognition of Professor Douglas Hamilton's teaching, scholarship, and service, Physics ColloquiumUConn Physics Colloquium, A celebration in recognition of Professor Douglas Hamilton's teaching, scholarship, and service, Physics Colloquium3:30pm4/20
  13. Prof. Abbas Ourmazd, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Prof. Abbas Ourmazd, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, "Don't be a control freak.", Physics Colloquium3:30pm4/13
  14. Dr. Mark S. Hybertsen, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dr. Mark S. Hybertsen, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, "Single Molecule Junction Conductance & Force Measurements: Laboratory to Probe Structure-Function Relationships", Physics Colloquium3:30pm4/6
  15. Prof. Wen-Fai Fong, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Physics ColloquiumProf. Wen-Fai Fong, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Physics Colloquium3:30pm3/30
  16. Dr. Betsy Mills, Department of Astronomy, Boston University, Dr. Betsy Mills, Department of Astronomy, Boston University, "Journey to the center of the Galaxy: following gas accretion from hundreds of parsecs to the black hole", Physics Colloquium3:30pm3/9
  17. Prof. Emily Myers, Dept. of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut, Prof. Emily Myers, Dept. of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut, "There's many a slip twixt ear and lip: distortions, discontinuities, and disasters in speech perception", Physics Colloquium3:30pm3/2
  18. Dr. Clay Tabor, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut, Dr. Clay Tabor, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut, "Understanding orbitally driven δ^{18}O variability in the South Asian monsoon region", Physics Colloquium3:30pm2/23
  19. Prof. Or Hen, Department of Physics, MIT, Prof. Or Hen, Department of Physics, MIT, "Fluctuating Nucleons in Asymmetric Nuclei", Physics Colloquium3:30pm2/16
  20. Dr. Meg Urry, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Yale University, Dr. Meg Urry, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Yale University, "Does Supermassive Black Hole Growth Affect Galaxy Evolution?", Physics Colloquium3:30pm1/19
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