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The physics of a gender gap

08/19/2016

Women are underrepresented at all levels of physics, even though the number of girls taking physics classes in U.S. high schools is increasing. Lock and Hazari examined the relationship between gender narratives and who students believe can be a physicist. They analyzed documentation of the classes of one high school teacher who engaged students in discussions on the underrepresentation of women in physics, along with student and teacher interviews and relevant student work.

Beyond performance metrics: Examining a decrease in students’ physics self-efficacy through a social

08/09/2016

In this paper we report a decrease in students' physics self-efficacy after participating in an active-learning introductory physics course. We find that despite the drop, students who have meaningful classroom interactions with academically popular peers tend to have higher self-efficacy scores.

Astronomy professor recognized for excellence in teaching

07/05/2016

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has awarded FIU physics professor Caroline Simpson the 2016 Richard H. Emmons Award. The ASP is the largest general astronomy society in the world with members from over 70 nations.

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