Funded by the AAC&U Project Kaleidoscope TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) initiative, the Physics Department has embarked on a three year effort to build computational modules for the physical sciences for use in major's curriculum, beginning with Physics and to be extended to Bio, Chem, and Geo via examples and applications. The team includes Liz McCormack and Mark Matlin from physics and Doug Blank from computer science. Steven Neshyba, a chemist at the University of Puget Sound, is a consultant to the project. The funding includes support for an initial retreat of Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore) faculty from computer science and the sciences to help inform the project, as well as subsequent summer workshops in years 2 and 3 to share and adapt materials across the sciences. By incorporating culturally specific contexts and a self-paced blended learning approach, the project will support the success of all students in obtaining progressive skills in computation and algorithmic reasoning.
Click here for a talk on web based learning and collaboration with links to an interactive physics exhibit that takes users through Feynman's " Explore all paths" interpretation of quantum mechanics. The exhibit was developed the summer of 2000 together with a high school senior, Sasha Schwartz , and Bryn Mawr faculty member Paul Grobstein. Also, check out a list of interactive web sites rated by Sasha for their physics content level and degree of interactivity.
Click here for text and pictures describing my participation in the development of an integrated science curriculum for a new science college for women, Effat College, in Saudi Arabia.
Science as Exploration: Developing Inquiry Based Methods—As Director of this Summer Institute, I worked with Bryn Mawr faculty member Paul Grobstein, to bring Bryn Mawr and other regional faculty together with precollege teachers from the Philadelphia School District to share perspectives on how to enhance science and mathematics education throughout the curriculum by using "minds-on", inquiry-based teaching and learning techniques.
The Third Age in Paris—An art exhibit by A. T. McCormack.