STEM Education Alliance Spring Meeting - Registration open


Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm


FRIB Auditorium 640 South Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

We hope you can join us for the STEM Education Alliance Spring Meeting which will highlight the transformation of gateway physics courses and the vision for introductory physics education at MSU.  Multiple presenters from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will describe their exciting lecture and laboratory course transformation efforts. The meeting will feature short individual and panel presentations with time for questions and discussion.  Like previous STEM Alliance meetings, the goals are to improve communication, start conversations, and facilitate collaborations across campus. See agenda below.

Please register to reserve your box lunch:



11:20 a.m.   Lunch begins

11:40 a.m.   Welcome and Overview
                    Cori Fata-Hartley, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Coordination, College of Natural Science
                    Introduction: Transforming Gateways Physics Courses
                    Stuart Tessmer, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Physics and Astronomy

11:45 a.m.   How do you change a lecture to improve student learning and incorporate authentic scientific practices? P-Cubed
                    Paul Irving, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy

12:00 p.m.  How do you design a course to target specific content that students should learn? P@CL
                   Lisa Lapidus, Professor, Physics & Astronomy

12:15 p.m.  What is the vision for where introductory physics courses are going? BLiSS
                   Vashti Sawtelle, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy and Lyman Briggs

12:30 p.m.  What is the process we’re undertaking for this transformation? DATA Lab
                   Danny Caballero, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy

12:45 p.m.  Plans moving forward, Panel Discussion
                   Phil Duxbury, Professor and Chair, Physics & Astronomy

1:25 p.m.   Wrap-up
                  Cori Fata-Hartley, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Coordination, College of Natural Science