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A Summary from Three Opportunities to Explore the Intersection of Biology and Physics: Research and Education


A presentation from the 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota


Physics in a biological context has been part of the physics education discussion for some time, with focused sessions at AAPT Meetings, efforts to reform the algebra-based physics course, and textbooks that attempt to meet the needs of biology students. This effort has grown tremendously in recent years. Examining how our physics courses are and are not meeting the needs of biology students and whether these classes are capitalizing on the exciting physics in biological applications will be front and center this year, with three opportunities for the biology and physics communities, as well as the research and education communities, to engage in this ongoing discussion. In this talk we highlight some of the major contributions from the March Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences Conference, the June Gordon Research Conference: Physics Research and Education, and the summer theme issue of the American Journal of Physics, as these events serve as guides to exploring these intersections.


Mel Sabella

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2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota

08:30 AM

Physics in a Biological Context


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