Growing Up in the Woods before Receiving a Nobel Prize

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It’s easy to think that talent alone leads people to superior performance. To challenge that misconception, students may find interest in reading the autobiographic summary of Carl E. Weiman, 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics. He describes his early life at home in the Oregon woods. In high school, he was not at the top of his class. Yet he later, with Eric A. Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterly, revealed a new state of matter, the Bose-Einstein Condensate. Congratulations, teachers, for helping to prepare these people make their discovery. I often wonder who’s sitting in my classes waiting for the time to make other fundamental discoveries in the future.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.