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Can Performance Support Black Physics Identity?:  An investigation of the connections between identity, race, physics, and performance art
Simone Hyater-Adams, Ph.D student in the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder

There is a current push to understand and address the underrepresentation of Black folks in physics, and STEM more broadly. This talk discusses research that works to explore this through studies of identity and practice. This work is premised on an understanding that the systems of oppression operate within the culture of physics, and postulates that bridging the gaps between science and art can help us begin to address this challenge. In this talk, I will describe three ongoing studies that explore these ideas. The first is an overview of the Critical Physics Identity (CPI) framework, a methodological tool to understand the structural and systemic factors that impact the ways that folks identify with the physics discipline. The second applies the CPI framework for an analysis of Black physicists' narratives in order to highlight themes in the institutional and structural resources that mold their physics identities. The third explores ways that the performance arts might be used as a tool to address the issues found from the analysis of these narratives. This talk concludes with a working model for informal physics programs designed to support student identity, that incorporates the content and practices from the performing arts and from physics.

PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative
March 14, 2019
PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative

PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative

Vashti wins Spirit of Ability Award
March 12, 2019
Vashti wins Spirit of Ability Award

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle has won the Spirit of Ability Award.

Learning Machines Lab publishes paper on factors predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses
February 20, 2019
Learning Machines Lab publishes paper on factors predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses

PERL members Nick Young, Grant Allen, John Aiken, Rachel Henderson, and Danny Caballero have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Identifying features predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses.

Dena wins Art Lab Grant
February 12, 2019
Dena wins Art Lab Grant

Postdoc Dena Izadi has won a grant from MSU's Broad Art Lab for her project "The Schrodinger’s Cat is in Town!"

Vashti and Abhilash Publish Article About Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology
January 22, 2019
Vashti and Abhilash Publish Article About Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle, PERL alumni Abhilash Nair, and colleagues have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology.

PERL Members Publish 16 PERC Papers
January 21, 2019
PERL Members Publish 16 PERC Papers

We're proud to announce that the PERL Team has contributed to 16 PERC Papers in 2018.

Danny publishes paper about prevalence and nature of computational instruction
December 20, 2018
Danny publishes paper about prevalence and nature of computational instruction

PERL co-director Danny Caballero and collaborator Laura Merner have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Prevalence and nature of computational instruction in undergraduate physics programs across the United States.

Dr. Abhilash Nair Defends His PhD!
December 7, 2018
Dr. Abhilash Nair Defends His PhD!

Dr. Abhilash Nair Defends His PhD!

Kelsey wins Excellence in Teaching Award
November 16, 2018
Kelsey wins Excellence in Teaching Award

PhD student Kelsey Funkhouser has been awarded an Excellence-in-Teaching Citation from the College of Natural Science.

Abhilash and Vashti Publish Paper About Using an IOLab to Visualize Equipotential Lines
October 19, 2018
Abhilash and Vashti Publish Paper About Using an IOLab to Visualize Equipotential Lines

Graduate student Abhilash Nair and PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle have published an article in The Physics Teacher about Real-time Visualization of Equipotential Lines Using the IOLab.