The astrophysicist Catherine Heymans has made history by becoming the first female Astronomer Royal for Scotland, an office that was created in 1834. In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, she talks about her new role and how she will use it to show that science is relevant to everyone. One initiative she has planned will ensure that every primary school pupil in Scotland has the opportunity to peer at the sky through a telescope.
Our other guest this week is the physicist and educator Joanne O’Meara, who is at Canada’s University of Guelph. She shares her strategies for engaging students who are intimidated by physics including the use of fun experiments and humour in lectures. O’Meara also explains how she uses the “flipped classroom” strategy to encourage her students to become more engaged during lectures.
- O’Meara has written an article in the June issue of Physics World about her experiences of using humour in teaching: “A funny thing happened on my way to class”.