Physics

New approach to teaching introductory physics first holds some promise

A new approach to teaching physics "energy first" holds promise, especially for students who struggle with math.

Study: How smooth-talking professors can lull students into thinking they've learned more than they have

A study says smooth-talking professors can lull students into thinking they've learned more than they actually have -- potentially at the expense of active learning.

Professor says Cornell is ignoring his rare victory in a tenure dispute case

Court vacates a tenure denial by Cornell, finding that the university denied basic due process over allegations that were rejected or never proven. Supporters say an important researcher is having his career stymied.

With departments under threat for few majors, physicists say value isn't reflected in numbers

U. of Southern Maine is latest institution to consider closing its physics department. Are there disciplines whose lack of popularity with the masses shouldn't doom them?

In wake of controversy over Harvard dissertation on race and IQ, scrutiny for Michigan State researcher

Jason Richwine quit Heritage Foundation amid controversy over his Harvard dissertation on race and IQ. Critics are now raising questions about work by a Michigan State physicist and vice president.

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

Commercialization offices are fighting a Kauffman proposal that would let researchers take potential commercial ideas to any technology transfer partner, not just their home institution.

Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor who talked about the Koran in class in the dark

Tarrant County College suspends astronomy instructor after he talked about the Koran in class in the dark, his face covered by a scarf.

At a time some fear closure of physics programs, Virginia Union starts one

At a time when some colleges have eliminated the discipline, a historically black college is restoring the major.

New effort to improve climate for LGBT physicists

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American Physical Society effort seeks to illuminate and improve the climate for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual physicists.

Anonymous astronomers object to efforts to name and shame harassers in the field

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Anonymous astronomers object to some of their peers' efforts to name and shame known harassers in the field.

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