NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES)
Grant Award (5/12)
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Physics of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., Rockhurst University and Mary Lowe, Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland.
Rockhurst University (RU) and Loyola University Maryland (Loyola) received a three year, $200,000 collaborative National Science Foundation Grant to introduce transformative change in undergraduate physics education. The main project goal is to create collaboratively three upper-division active learning physics modules in fiber optics and light delivery, nuclear physics and nuclear medicine, and pressure in the human body that relate physics principles to medicine. The modules are designed to enhance student learning through their implementation in a Physics of Medicine (POM) Program currently in place at RU and in development at Loyola. The similarity of the student bodies at RU and Loyola will enable easy transferability of modules in the partnering universities. Dissemination efforts will support adaptation of the modules in other physics programs across the country. The target audience is students interested in graduate studies/careers in medicine and health care. Developed modules have been disseminated across the country, and the Fiber Optics Module won an award from the American Association of Medical Colleges for outstanding physics curriculum in June 2012.