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Carl Wieman

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Carl Wieman



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 recently served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Other Titles

DRC Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Physics and of Education
Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

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

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Recent Publications

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).

Ballen, C. J., Wieman, C., Salehi, S., Searle, J. B., & Zamudio, K. R. (2017). Enhancing Diversity in Undergraduate Science: Self-Efficacy Drives Performance Gains with Active Learning. CBE Life Sciences Education, 16(4).

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