Distinguished Professor Carl Wieman, formerly of the University of Colorado and JILA, was confirmed on September 16 by the U. S. Senate as associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Wieman "is expected to spearhead the administration's push to improve science education, drawing upon his pioneering work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to strengthen the undergraduate training of science and math teachers," according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Wieman is currently on leave of absence from CU-Boulder and the University of British Columbia.
Wieman shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for creating a new form of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate. Since then, he has been widely recognized for efforts to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and math. In 2004, he was named U.S. Professor of the Year.