September 16, 2010
Physicist Carl Wieman, Hertz Fellow 1973 Stanford, is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The science slot, which also oversees education, is one of four associate director positions at OSTP.
A 2001 Nobelist for creating a new form of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, Dr. Wieman has since become a leader in the effort to reform U.S. undergraduate education, specifically in science and engineering. He divides his time between the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dr. Wieman was the founding Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education. He has received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award (2001), the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. University Professor of the Year Award (2004), and the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Oersted Medal (2007) for his work on science education. Dr. Wieman received his B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977.