2003

Interactive Learning Toolkit: Tools for the Interactive Classroom, at Invited Talk, University of Limerick (Co. Limerick, Ireland), Wednesday, December 17, 2003:
Research-based interactive learning techniques have dramatically improved student understanding. We have created the 'Interactive Learning Toolkit' (ILT), a web-based learning management system, to help implement two such pedagogies: Just in Time Teaching and Peer Instruction. Our main goal in developing this toolkit is to save the instructor time and effort and to use technology to facilitate the interaction between the students and the instructor (and between themselves). After a brief review of both pedagogies, I will demonstrate the many new exciting features of the ILT. I will show how... Read more about Interactive Learning Toolkit: Tools for the Interactive Classroom
Femtosecond laser micromachining: Applications in photonics and biology, at XIX Laser Science Conference (Tucson, AZ), Thursday, October 9, 2003:
When femtosecond laser pulses are focused tightly into a transparent material, permanent structural or chemical changes occur. These changes can be used for micromachining bulk transparent materials. A number of applications in the fabrication of micro-optical devices and in biology and medicine will be discussed.
Memorization or understanding: Are we teaching the right thing?, at 2003 Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (Tucson, AZ), Wednesday, October 8, 2003:
Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. "Peer Instruction" shifts the focus in lectures from delivering information to synthesizing information and achieves remarkable improvements in student understanding.
Understanding or Memorization: Are we teaching the right thing?, at 2003 Speaker Series on Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Dr. Eric Mazur, Professor of Physics at Harvard, will discuss a demonstrably more effective way to teach a traditional lecture course, one which works well in his physics courses and other fields as well. For example, Dr. Mazur's students use hand-held infrared devices to provide answers to questions in class. Students interact in groups and Dr. Mazur can quickly evaluate and respond to questions and problems. Through such technology mediated "peer instruction" students are able to uncover and address the limits of their subject understanding. Through such means, he notes that his... Read more about Understanding or Memorization: Are we teaching the right thing?
An introduction to femtosecond laser science, at Frontiers in Optics Conference (Tucson, AZ), Sunday, October 5, 2003:
General Course Description: This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we?ll discuss the often non-standard aspects of the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we?ll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.

Benefits Learning outcomes:

This course will enable you to

  • Explain the basis for the...
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Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Applications in Technology and Biology, at Analytical Chemistry Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI), Thursday, September 11, 2003:
When femtosecond laser pulses are focused tightly into a transparent material, the intensity in the focal volume can become high enough to cause nonlinear absorption of laser energy. The absorption, in turn, can lead to permanent structural or chemical changes. Such changes can be used for micromachining bulk transparent materials. Applications include data storage and the writing of waveguides and waveguide splitters in bulk glass, fabrication of micromechanical devices in polymers, and subcellular photodisruption inside living cells. In this talk I will review recent results obtained in the... Read more about Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Applications in Technology and Biology

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