Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) hosts Dr. Roger Freedman

Dr. Roger Freedman, Co-author of the acclaimed ‘University Physics’ delivered a workshop at GUST on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The workshop, was jointly organized by the A. M. Al-Refai Library and Pearson. The workshop was aimed at informing attendees on the different ideas, subjects, teaching methods, and tools of physics of which they could benefit from, and was attended by GUST management, faculty, students, and staff.

Dr. Harun Aydilek, Head of Department, Math and Natural Sciences, welcomed Dr. Freedman, introduced him to the audience, and then handed over the podium to him. Dr. Freedman conducted two sessions, one for students and the other for faculty. The first session titled, “Physics of Flight”, was an illustrated talk that introduced some key concepts of aerodynamics of planes and animals, and exposed some common misconceptions about flight, including some held by experienced pilots. The talk also included a walkthrough of an F-16 jet fighter flight and some experimenting in aerodynamics. The second session titled, “Physics: Teaching Methods and Tools to Support Teaching and Handling Interaction, and Feedback from Students”, focused on sharing ideas and discussing unique teaching methods and tools that promote learner outcomes, specifically those that help engage learners through quality interaction and feedback.

The workshop was followed by a series of interesting Questions and Answers Session, wherein the audience were seen enthusiastically asking various questions which Dr. Freedman happily answered.

Prior to his workshop, Dr. Freedman was invited by Library Director, Ms. Shobhita Kohli, to sign a copy of his book where he said, “I am delighted to be here in Kuwait for the first time, and to visit GUST. Everyone has been friendly and welcoming, and I hope they enjoy my lecture.”

Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Freedman was an undergraduate at the University of California campuses in San Diego and Los Angeles, and did his doctoral research in theoretical nuclear physics at Stanford University under the direction of Professor J. Dirk Walecka. He came to UCSB in 1981 after three years teaching and research at the University of Washington.

At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the University intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy, and helped pioneer the use of classroom response systems and the "flipped" classroom model at UCSB. He is co-author of three introductory textbooks: University Physics (Pearson), Universe (Freedman), and Investigating Astronomy (Freedman).

Dr. Freedman holds a commercial pilot's license. He was one of the early organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con, now the world's largest popular culture convention. His likeness has appeared as a supervillain and mad scientist in both DC and Marvel Comics.