Sarah Gilbert's Biography

Sarah Gilbert received her B.S. in physics from the University of Hawaii in 1978 and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan in 1984. She was a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST – formerly the National Bureau of Standards) in Boulder, Colorado from 1985 to 2006, and group leader of the Optical Fiber and Components Group of the NIST Optoelectronics Division from 1995 to 2006. In January 2007 she moved to the University of British Columbia to be the Associate Director of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI), an initiative aimed at achieving departmental-wide sustainable change in undergraduate science education by incorporating effective approaches based on evidence from science education and educational/cognitive psychology research. She has done research and published over 80 papers in a variety of atomic and optical physics areas, including measurement of parity nonconservation in atomic cesium, creation and characterization of liquid and solid phases of laser cooled ions, fiber laser development, spectroscopy of laser-cooled rubidium, development of wavelength standards for optical communications, development of measurement techniques for characterizing optical fiber components for sensor and communication systems, and investigation of optical fiber photosensitivity and fiber Bragg grating growth and stability. She was awarded a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award and a NIST Measurement Services Award, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. After many years of discussing science education with her husband, Carl Wieman, she decided to switch fields and concentrate on improving science education.

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