I have a longstanding interest in education. I often covered the education “beat” for APS News, the society’s monthly print publication. I have also written frequently for APS education and diversity projects and initiatives, and edit a newsletter for one of these projects.

Selected Articles

History of APS Involvement in Education, APS, September 2012

Texas Hosts Lively Teacher Preparation Conference, APS News, July 2011

Four Funded Sites Join APS Teacher Education Program, APS News, June 2011

Physicist Takes a Look at TIMSS, APS News, April 2011

Minority Serving Institutions Take on Teacher Preparation (pdf), APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics/Committee on Minorities Gazette, Spring 2011, pp 7-8

Community Values APS’s Education Research Journal, APS News, November 2010

PhysTEC News, Winter 2012 (pdf). I wrote all articles except “The Big Picture” and “1ook in 10”.

Program to Aid Minority Transition to Grad School, with Sara Webb, APS News, August/September 2010

Recruiting Physics Students in High School, APS Forum on Education Newsletter, Summer 2010

PhysTEC Scholarship Program for Future Physics Teachers, APS Forum on Education Newsletter, Summer 2010

Task Force Calls Physics Teacher Preparation Massively Inadequate, APS News, April 2010

Kavli Plenary Session Examines STEM Education, with Calla Cofield, APS News, March 2010

“Physics First” Battles for Acceptance, APS News, July 2009

Mary Lee McJimsey – profile of a high school physics teacher, PhysicsCentral, 2009

Press Release: PhysTEC Addressing National Physics Teacher Shortage, EurekAlert, October 2008

From February 2009 to May 2011, I wrote a bimonthly column called the Education Corner. A sample is available here.


I was the editor-in-chief as well as the main writer for PhysTEC News, the annual newsletter for the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, from its inception through the Winter 2012 issue. All editions are available in the left column here.

I have also edited numerous reports, articles, grant proposals, and other documents related to physics education and other topics.

Selected Web Content

Ethics Case Studies, a page that hosts a set of ethical case studies specific to issues in physics research

Resources for Undergraduate Physics Faculty, a page to help physics faculty members develop their undergraduate programs

Resources for Undergraduate Physics Students, a page to help undergraduate physics students access career and financial resources

PhysTEC Key Components, a set of pages documenting the key components of the PhysTEC project

Invited Talk

“Increasing the Number of Physics Majors: Perspectives from the APS Education and Diversity Department,” National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, 12/2/2010

Organized Session

Recruiting Students to High School Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers 2011 Summer Meeting


I wrote the PhysTEC project’s annual reports for the National Science Foundation from 2007 to 2011. Reports are available in the left column here. I also wrote the project’s status reports from 2007 through 2010.