CWSEI News Archive

MacLean's Article: Out with the lecture!

Article on Wieman lecture about discipline-based science education research.  Read the article...

Carl Wieman elected to US National Academy of Education

UBC Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman has been elected to the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Education (NAEd). Wieman joins an elite cohort of 169 members and 17 foreign associates. He is the only physicist among current members of the Washington D.C.-based organization, which include former Harvard University President Derek Bok and former University of Chicago President Hanna Gray. Wieman is director of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at UBC and director of the Science Education Initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Both initiatives work with departments to improve science education by incorporating the latest research on teaching and learning. Read the CU-Boulder news release.

Sara Harris receives the 2007/2008 Faculty of Science Achievement Award

Congratulations to Sara Harris in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences who received the 2007/2008 Faculty of Science Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution to the Faculty of Science.   

Sandy Martinuk and Mya Warren receive the 2007/2008 Graduate TA Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Sandy Martinuk and Mya Warren in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who have been working on CWSEI supported projects and recently received the 2007/2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Awards. These teaching prizes are awarded annually to UBC Teaching Assistants who have demonstrated exceptional skills and contributions to undergraduate education.

Departmental updates & UBC Reports articles

April 2008

Read about updates of departments' CWSEI efforts.

UBC Reports articles featuring CWSEI efforts: Nothing Too Theoretical About this Physics Class highlights work on an introductory physics class, and Winds of Classroom Change, highlights some of Earth & Ocean Sciences' CWSEI efforts.


The Physics Education Technology (PhET) website has received first place in the 2007 International Science and Technology Visualization Challenge in the category of interactive media, beating out more than 200 entries from 23 countries on six continents. The contest winners will also appear on the Sept. 28 issue of Science. The PhET website was launched by Carl Wieman in 2002. Read the UBC press release.

Departments begin CWSEI work

5 programs have been funded as part of the initial CWSEI call for proposals. learn more…