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"Physics on Rollerblades" Arfken physics lecture Jan. 15

01/09/2009

Eugenia Etkina, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will present "Physics on Rollerblades" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in 102 Benton Hall. Etkina's talk is the annual Arfken Physics Scholar-in-Residence public lecture sponsored by Miami's physics department.

She also will present a seminar, "Can Students Develop Scientific Habits of Mind in an Introductory Physics Course?," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in 46 Culler Hall.

Etkina began teaching physics in 1982 in the former Soviet Union, when all Soviet students had to take physics for 5 years (from seventh through 11th grade). She received a doctorate in physics education from Moscow State Pedagogical University and has taught physics and astronomy at the middle school, high school and university levels.

She currently teaches pre- and in-service teachers how to teach physics and works collaboratively with Rutgers' department of physics and astronomy to reform introductory physics courses. Her main research interest is in how students develop and transfer scientific abilities. She also co-directs the Rutgers Astrophysics Institute.
Etkina's talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information contact Jennifer Blue, bluejm@muohio.edu.

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