"Reforming Physics for the Life Sciences at the University of Michigan" by Tim McKay (University of Michigan)

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

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Reception from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
(unless otherwise posted)

Guest Speaker: Tim McKay (University of Michigan)

Talk Title:  “Reforming Physics for the Life Sciences at the University of Michigan”


Physics courses for Life Science students are being reformed across the country. At Michigan, we began this process in 2006, gradually replacing a traditional algebra-based version of engineering physics with a course organized around explaining how living systems are enabled and constrained by physical laws. In this talk, I'll describe the development and progress of this course, sharing some lessons about both. I will also talk about the challenges faced in reform of big introductory courses, and describe Michigan's new Foundational Course Initiative.

For more information, contact Jay Hauser

We thank the following people for their contributions to the wine fund for the post-colloquium reception:
Prof. Dolores Bozovic, Prof. Mike Cornwall, Prof. Bob Cousins, Prof. Andrea Ghez, Prof. Karoly Holczer, Prof. Eric Hudson, Robert Huff, Prof. Alex Kusenko, Prof. Myank Mehta, Prof. John Miao, Prof. Roberto Peccei, Prof. Claudio Pellegrini, Prof. David Saltzberg, Prof. Jean Turner and Prof. Ben Zuckerman.

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