Carl Wieman, who received the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics, will discuss the importance of math and science education in grades K-12 and in undergraduate studies in a lecture at New York University’s Department of Physics on Thurs., April 6 at 4 p.m. in NYU’s Meyer Hall (4 Washington Place [at Broadway], Room 122). Wieman contends U.S. improvement in math and science education is crucial at both the K-12 and undergraduate levels in order to remain competitive with other industrialized nations.

The event is free and open to the public, which should contact Lorelei DeMesa at or at 212-998-7711 for more information. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

Wieman, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado, has carried out research in a variety of areas of atomic physics and laser spectroscopy, including using laser light to cool atoms. His research has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics for the creation of Bose-Einstein condensation in a vapor. Wieman is a 2001 recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award and the Carnegie Foundation’s 2004 U.S. University Professor of the Year Award.

  • WHO: Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • WHAT: Lecture-Importance of Science Education
  • WHEN: Thurs., April 6, 4 p.m.
  • WHERE: NYU’s Meyer Hall (4 Washington Place [at Broadway], Room 122) [Subway Lines: N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]

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