Physics Alive

Physics Alive is the podcast where host, Brad Moser, Ph.D., sparks new life into the physics classroom. Each episode supports and shares the many forward-thinking developments that have come from physics education research and inspiring educators. Brad speaks with teachers who employ innovative and active learning styles, researchers on the frontiers of physics education, catalysts for change on important social issues in the STEM community, and students who want the most out of their education.


episode 16: Biological Physics, Scale-Up and Modeling with Dawn Meredith

Dawn Meredith, Professor of Physics at the University of New Hampshire, has been an integral member of the Physics Education Research community since the late 1990’s and she has been a principal investigator on 8 PER grants. In this honest and down to earth conversation, we discuss not only the ideas and methods that have worked well, but also what hasn’t worked and why. There is just as much for the education community to learn from crash landings as from the soaring successes. But don’t worry; Dawn has a lot of successes to share as well! So settle in as we take a tour through important books, Scale-Up, Modeling physics, rounding cows, the mingling of biologists and physicists, and we discover why trees can get so tall.

Today's Guest: Dawn Meredith

Learn more about Dawn Meredith and her work:

  • Dawn’s UNH Website
Episode Notes and Resources

Articles mentioned in the episode:

  • Rounding off the cow: Challenges and successes in an interdisciplinary physics course for life science students
  • Reinventing Physics for Life Science Majors

Find Dawn’s resources on counter-current exchange, the flow of sap, and other materials at:

  • The Living Physics Portal



 2021-03-17  55m