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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar

The Importance of Making Mistakes

Stephen Martin, Ph.D.
Department of Physics

Distinguished Teaching Professor
Distinguished Research Professor

Dr. Stephen Martin

The natural scientist is constantly in search of truth, characterized by the ideal of an uncompromising intolerance for mistakes. However, everyone makes them. Recognizing mistakes is an indispensable part of the learning process. Indeed, mistakes (by both student and teacher!) can be systematically built into classroom strategies. The collision with, and defeat of, carefully chosen mistakes is often the surest way to clear understanding.

Stephen Martin is a theoretical physicist who works on understanding the most basic constituents of matter and energy and the laws that govern them. He is an NIU Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Research Professor. His research currently centers around the recently discovered Higgs boson, and on the possibility of discovering new particles predicted by a theory called supersymmetry. Professor Martin has been teaching in the NIU Department of Physics since 1999. His favorite classes to teach include electrodynamics, particle physics, and general relativity.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Refreshments
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m., Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!


Office of the Provost
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Last Updated: 9/10/2014