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Carl Wieman

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Carl Wieman


Assistant: Linda J Kim


Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education. He has done extensive experimental research in atomic and optical physics. His current intellectual focus is now on undergraduate physics and science education. He has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences, and served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Other Titles

Professor, Physics
Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Higher Education | Science Education | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Wieman, C. E. (2019). Expertise in University Teaching & the Implications for Teaching Effectiveness, Evaluation & Training. DAEDALUS, 148(4), 47–78.

Burkholder, E. W., & Wieman, C. E. (2019). What do AP physics courses teach and the AP physics exam measure? PHYSICAL REVIEW PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH, 15(2).

Salehi, S., Burkholder, E., Lepage, G. P., Pollock, S., & Wieman, C. (2019). Demographic gaps or preparation gaps?: The large impact of incoming preparation on performance of students in introductory physics. PHYSICAL REVIEW PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH, 15(2).

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