Past Event

Special Physics Colloquium - Impacts of Remote Learning on Physics Education

December 14, 2020
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Impacts of Remote Learning on Physics Education

We invite you to join us for a special Physics Colloquium Panel on physics education in the age of COVID-19. Our panelists will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the undergraduate learning experience in physics, with special attention paid to the unique challenges that remote learning presents for students from marginalized and/or underrepresented groups, and elucidate how modern physics education paradigms may be adapted for a remote classroom. 


Natasha G. Holmes is the Ann S. Bowers assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Cornell University, with the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. Dr. Holmes received her BSc.(Hons) in physics from the University of Guelph and her MSc and PhD in physics at the University of British Columbia. Her graduate work involved designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative pedagogies for undergraduate physics labs. She then went on to do her postdoctoral work at Stanford University working with Dr. Carl Wieman. Her research group studies many aspects of student learning, attitudes, and skill development from hands-on laboratory experiences, with a focus on critical thinking and experimentation. She also explores issues of equity and diversity in physics and methodological issues and techniques in physics education research.

Dr. Simone Hyater-Adams is a physicist, artist, educator, and researcher with a passion for creating more opportunities for Black STEM students. After receiving her B.S. in Physics from Hampton University, she pursued graduate studies at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Currently, Simone is an Education and Diversity Programs Manager at American Physical Society working with their National Mentoring Community. In addition to this work, Simone also develops and facilitates equity workshops with goals to cultivate more inclusive and equitable STEM learning and working environments. She recently joined a team working on a follow up study to the TEAM-UP about the impacts of COVID-19 on Black undergraduate physics students.

John C. Foo, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of Faculty Programs and Services for Science and Engineering at Columbia University's Center for Teaching and Learning. He develops and facilitates programming and services for faculty, postdoctoral, adjunct, and other instructors. John is committed to enhancing STEM education and making it more equitable for and accessible to Columbia’s diverse student population.