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Vashti Publishes Article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics
May 11, 2025
Vashti Publishes Article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle and colleagues have published an article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics in the European Journal of Physics

Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!
March 21, 2018
Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!

Daryl McPadden successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Daryl!

PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers
March 13, 2018
PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers

We're proud to annouce that the PERL Team has contributed to 10 PERC Papers in 2017.

Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant
February 8, 2018
Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant

Prof. Katie Hinko is leading a team that was awarded a $10,000 Science and Society @ State grant. Working with Prof. Megan Halpern, their project titled: Hidden Value: Investigating the Physics Demonstration as Aesthetic Experience looks to explore physics demonstrations as meaningful experiences.

Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education
February 2, 2018
Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education

Angie Little and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Science Teacher Education titled: Building Reflective Practices in a Pre-service Math and Science Teacher Education Course That Focuses on Qualitative Video Analysis

Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars
January 31, 2018
Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars

Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Caballero were both named 2018 Teacher-Scholars for their fantastic teaching and research: 

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/2018-teacher-scholar-awards/

Vashti Sawtelle featured in Engaged Scholar Newsletter
January 24, 2018
Vashti Sawtelle featured in Engaged Scholar Newsletter

Prof. Vashti Sawtelle is featured in the January issue of the Engaged Scholar Newsletter. The article titled: Can Physics Educators Create a More Encouraging Environment for Black, Latino, and Native American Science Students? discusses how physics educators can help build more inclusive and supportive classrooms.

Nick Young publishes paper on item tree analysis
January 23, 2018
Nick Young publishes paper on item tree analysis

Graduate student Nick Young published a paper investigating students' accuracy in determining the period, frequency, and angular frequency from mathematical and graphical representations.

Alanna Pawlak publishes paper on modes of collaboration
January 15, 2018
Alanna Pawlak publishes paper on modes of collaboration

Graduate student Alanna Pawlak published a paper examining how students interact in groups in the physics classroom which introduced the modes of collaboration framework.

Vashti Sawtelle & BLiSS Physics Course Featured in MSU Today
December 5, 2017
Vashti Sawtelle & BLiSS Physics Course Featured in MSU Today

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle and her studio course, Briggs Life Science Studio (BLiSS) Physics, is featured in MSU Today.

Danny receives President's Distinguished Teaching Award
November 29, 2017
Danny receives President's Distinguished Teaching Award

PERL co-director Danny Caballero wins the President's Distinguished Teaching Award

Vashti Sawtelle & Angie Little appear in The Physics Teacher
September 11, 2017
Vashti Sawtelle & Angie Little appear in The Physics Teacher

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle and researcher Angie Little have been featured in the "Race and Physics Teaching" special collection of The Physics Teacher.

NSF grant awarded to Katie Hinko
July 25, 2017
NSF grant awarded to Katie Hinko

PERL co-director Katie Hinko has recently been awarded an NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) grant to study the landscape of informal physics programming.

NSF grant awarded to PERL team
July 17, 2017
NSF grant awarded to PERL team

Physics professors Danny Caballero and Paul Irving along with Education faculty David Stroupe ana Niral Shah were awarded an NSF STEM+C grant to help high school physics teachers integrate computing into their courses and study the effects on learning, instruction, and participation.

Danny Caballero to deliver TRUSE plenary
January 25, 2017
Danny Caballero to deliver TRUSE plenary

PERL co-director Danny Caballero has been invited to deliver a plenary at the interdisciplinary Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) conference held in Minneapolis (July 5 - 9, 2017).

Paul Irving publishes paper on physics identity
December 16, 2016
Paul Irving publishes paper on physics identity

Assistant Professor Paul Irving published on a set of case-studies that unpack how undergraduate physics majors may develop a physics subject specific identity. 

Kelsey Funkhouser defends thesis proposal
December 15, 2016
Kelsey Funkhouser defends thesis proposal

Fourth year astrophysics graduate student Kelsey Funkhouser has successfully defended her thesis proposal.

PERL graduate student Abhilash Nair awarded S3 grant
December 10, 2016
PERL graduate student Abhilash Nair awarded S3 grant

Abhilash Nair, a second year physics PhD student, was awarded a $10,000 Science + Society @ State (S3) grant for his project, "Vital Signs: Bridging & Democratizing Physics."

Prof. Danny Caballero & team in Norway to develop Center for Computing in Science Education
December 10, 2016
Prof. Danny Caballero & team in Norway to develop Center for Computing in Science Education

PERL Co-Director Danny Caballero has partnered with a team led by Anders Malthe-Sørenssen, professor of physics at the University of Oslo, Norway to develop the Center for Computing in Science Education (CCSE), which is one of 4 projects recently awarded the prestigious status of Center for Excellence in Education in Norway

Prof. Vashti Sawtelle to deliver plenary at FFPER 2017
December 9, 2016
Prof. Vashti Sawtelle to deliver plenary at FFPER 2017

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle has been invited to deliver a plenary at the biennial Foundation and Frontiers of Physics Education Research Conferenceheld in Bar Harbor, ME (June 19-23, 2017).