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University of Utah
AIP Center for History of Physics Intern
American Institute of Physics
Maria Stokes Final Presentation.pdfAbstract:
Standard historical narratives of physics overlook the substantial contributions of many individuals. Small inclusions regarding the stories of individuals from underrepresented groups in the international physics community can be showcased in lesson plans on a variety of physics topics. I have completed three teaching guides that each introduce a physics topic, highlight the contribution of an individual from an underrepresented group in physics, and include a unique visual element as a tool for classroom engagement and outreach. This presentation includes examples from these lesson plans and discusses explored outreach avenues, particularly regarding science communication writing in the Ex Libris Universum blog at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Utah with Honors Bachelor Degrees in Astrophysics and History. During my undergraduate career, I conducted interdisciplinary research, examining the development of scientific method in astronomy. I am passionate about teaching, and have worked as a Learning Assistant for five semesters. I am excited to learn from my fellow interns and further develop interdisciplinary skills as an SPS Intern! After completing the SPS Internship Program, I intend to do service work with the chronically homeless and to ultimately complete graduate studies in the history of science. In my free time I enjoy hiking and photography.