Physics Professor Edward "Joe" Redish
75th Birthday Celebration and Golden Jubilee

Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017
University of Maryland

Schedule of Events

Physical Sciences Complex Lobby

4:30–6:30 p.m. "Physics as Learning and Learning Physics"

Royce Zia, professor emeritus of physics, Virginia Tech
Jack Wilson, president emeritus, University of Massachusetts
Lillian McDermott, professor of physics, University of Washington
Robert Hilborn, associate executive officer, American Association of Physics Teachers

Bioscience Research Building, Room 1101

8 a.m. Breakfast

8:30–10:30 a.m. "Connections: Biology, Physics, Education"

Todd Cooke, professor of cell biology and molecular genetics, University of Maryland
Katerina "Kaci" Thompson, director of undergraduate research and internship programs for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland
A. David Redish, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota
Deborah Redish Fripp, president, Darwin's Ark consultancy

10:30–11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–1 p.m. "Social Issues in Physics Education Research: Community, Diversity, Ethics"

Chandra Turpen, assistant research professor of physics, University of Maryland
Richard Steinberg, program director of science education and professor of education and physics, City College of New York
Mel Sabella, professor of physics, Chicago State University
Ayush Gupta, assistant research professor of physics, University of Maryland

1–2 p.m. Lunch

2–4 p.m. "Physics Education Research Today"

Saalih Allie, associate professor of physics and academic development, University of Cape Town
Cedric Linder, professor of physics and astronomy and chair of physics education research, Uppsala University
Paula Heron, professor of physics, University of Washington
Michael Wittmann, professor of physics, University of Maine

4 p.m. Closing Reception


Register by March 24 at

In lieu of gifts, the Redishes ask that you consider supporting the E.F. Redish Endowed Professorship in Science Education at UMD. Donations can be made online at

A limited number of hotel rooms are available for Friday and Saturday nights at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center by calling the hotel at 301-985-7300 and asking for the "Joe Redish Celebration" room block. You may also book your group rate online.


Parking is available on Friday and Saturday in the Regents Drive Parking Garage. Parking is free on any level of the garage excluding the roof after 4 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday.

Driving directions to the Regents Drive Parking Garage:

  • Take the Capital Beltway (I-495). 
  • From I-495, take Exit 25, Route 1/Baltimore Avenue South toward College Park.
  • Proceed approximately 2.2 miles on Route 1 South.
  • Turn right onto Campus Drive, the main entrance to the campus.
  • Proceed to traffic circle with the "M" in flowers and turn right onto Regents Drive.
  • Go to second stop sign and turn left onto Stadium Drive.
  • Make an immediate left turn into the Regents Drive Parking Garage.                                                                                                                     

Getting to the Physical Sciences Complex (for Friday events):

  • Exit the parking garage in the center of the north side of the garage's 1st level.
  • The Physical Sciences Complex is directly across the street and can be reached via crosswalk.

Getting to the Bioscience Research Building (for Saturday events):

  • Take the walkway on the southwest corner of the parking garage's 3rd level to Hornbake Plaza.
  • When you reach the plaza, turn right and walk past the Biology-Psychology building to the entrance of the Bioscience Research Building                                          


Please contact Jennifer Casaregola at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-405-4324.