What I'm Working On
Student Learning and Equity in Introductory Physics Labs
I'm interested in understanding how curriculum, apparatus, the environment, social interactions and norms, physics culture, and instructor interactions impact how students learn and develop their relation to physics in the introductory lab.
Professional Development for Introductory Physics Lab TAs
How can we prepare graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) to effectively lead introductory physics labs? I have been developing a model for such training that is based on weekly lab TA meetings. For more, see LabTATraining.com.
Digital Lab Reports
At the University of Pittsburgh, the introductory physics lab consists of a 13-week, standalone course. I have been developing a new curriculum for this course that is based around digital lab reports. With the closure of colleges from the Spring of 2020 onward due to Covid-19, I have also been involved in developing a parallel suite of lab-work based on the IOLab and simulations.
How can the tools and methods of science be deployed to help students understand social issues such as racism, sexism, privilege, and equity? What impact does a curriculum focused on these things have on students?