Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:33pm
Robert Dalka

I work as a learning assistant for Physics 140, the introduction to mechanics course, and I often encounter students who feel that the subject is too difficult and uninviting. While it is true that the concepts in physics are challenging and can be hard to understand the first time, students shouldn’t feel that they are not able to learn and build their understanding. In my opinion, everyone at the University of Michigan should feel they are able and qualified to take introductory physics.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 4:58pm

When Carl Sagan died in 1996, we lost one of the world’s greatest science communicators, leaving a vacancy that has yet to be filled by any modern scientist. He wrote essays to advocate for science education, published books and created one of the most popular science television programs, “Cosmos.” When I was a kid, my grandmother would record television programs so I would have something to do when my family visited.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 4:32pm

My first class of the winter semester was an 8:30 a.m. physics class. I sat in the middle row — toward the right side — and sipped my coffee, hoping that the caffeine would kick in soon so I could make it through that first day. After the lecture ended, I started packing my notebook away and took stock of the room. There were only about 15 people in the class, all of whom were men, which was strange to me. There usually is not a high representation of women in most of the physics classes I have taken, but this is the first time that I had a class exclusively with men.