Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, presents “The Scientific Approach to Teaching: Research as a Basis for Course Design” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University.
Mazur is the author of Peer Instruction: A User’s Guide, a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching.
An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, Mazur is the winner of the 2008 Millikan Award for contributions to the teaching of physics. He leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. He has received the Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Esther Hoffman Beller award from the Optical Society of America. He is author or co-author of 249 scientific publications and 12 patents.