Carl Wieman Confirmed for OSTP Post

weiman_carl.jpgThe U.S. Senate recently confirmed Nobel prize-winner Carl Wieman as Associate Director for Science in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

According to AAAS, Wieman “is expected to spearhead the administration’s push to improve science education, drawing upon his pioneering work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to strengthen the undergraduate training of science and math teachers.” Wieman will take leave from his positions at the University of Colorado and University of British Columbia to fill the post.

A White House press release noted that Wieman was a former Chair of the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Science Education and “has worked extensively on research and innovations for improving science education.” He has also won numerous awards for his research, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001, and was honored in 2004 as Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Wieman received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977.