Rama Bala - Encouraging and Supporting the Science Girl

  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Virtual (via Zoom)

Encouraging and Supporting the Science Girl

Speaker: Dr. Rama Bala

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Abstract:

Success of students from underrepresented groups is directly related to how engaged are they in their learning, and how inclusive their learning environments are. Engaged learning not only enhances critical thinking and self-authorship but also promotes a sense of belonging. In this talk, I will be presenting examples of some tools and techniques that I use to promote active student engagement in research, classroom, and in extracurricular activities. Some of these methods can be adapted and applied in a variety of settings ranging from traditional laboratory research to outreach and community building.

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Speaker Biography:

Dr. Rama ‘Bala' Balasubramanian is a Professor of Physics at Roanoke College, Salem, VA. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching physics at various institutions viz., Roanoke College, Stanford University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and James Madison University. She has taught physics courses in a variety of formats including traditional lecture classes, both small and large lectures, to laboratory courses to online classes. She uses a variety of pedagogical methods and active learning tools to promote student engagement in her classes. Her area of research is experimental nanotechnology including the study of magnetic properties of nanocrystalline oxides, 2D materials and nanotubes, and spectroscopy of minerals on Mars. She is also active in promoting female and underrepresented minority students to pursue and thrive in physics and other STEM fields. She is passionate about encouraging students from underrepresented groups to participate in high impact experiential learning opportunities and her non-profit organization supports the cause. She is regularly invited to give presentations on Nanotechnology, STEM education at community events to popularize science to general public.