Andrew Vanden Heuvel: online physics and Google Glass

We talked with Andrew about how he approaches a few of the fully online courses he teaches. He showed how he structures the class, and we talked about synchronous vs asynchronous issues, motivation, technology requirements, and online labs.

He also shared how he’s been playing with his Google Glass prototypes, including using them for his STEMBites initiative.

Here’s the recording.

We’re now taking a break for the summer. If you have thoughts about topics/issues/speakers for the fall, please email Andy (

Abe Karplus: Arduino data logger

Abe shared the details of the Arduino/python code he’s developed for a datalogger. He did this to both support the physics labs he’s doing as a high school student, and to produce a working data logger for his dad’s electronics course taught at UC Santa Cruz. We talked about what he learned doing the project, and we learned just how useful and powerful the software is.

Here’s the recording.

This week we’ll be talking with Andrew Vanden Huevel who teaches physics online and has a prototype of the Google Glass setup.

Note that we will then start our summer hiatus. We’ll be back with guests starting in September.

Ben Stottrup: undergraduate collaborative research

We talked with Ben about how he runs his research program at Augsburg College. He shared some of the background of the research on lipids and we talked about mentoring undergraduate students in a research environment. One important question that we tackled was why, if collaborative research is so useful to students, do we pay them instead of charging them. Very interesting.

Here’s the recording.

This week (today!) we’ll be talking with Abe Karplus, a high school student, who has developed a sophisticated data logger program for the Arduino microprocessor. Join us!