Eric Mazur
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2001 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Mazur's study of the effects of femtosecond laser pulses on chemical reactions at a silicon surface led to the discovery of "black silicon," a material with many remarkable properties that received a great deal of media attention, including recognition of a Discover Technology Award from Discover magazine. He has held appointments as Visiting Professor or Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Leuven in Belgium, National Taiwan University, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Hong Kong. In 1999, he was the Centennial Lecturer for the American Physics Society and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Mazur received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1998.

Educational Contributions: Dr. Mazur's educational software package, "The Essence of Physics" won first prize in the American Institute of Physics' Computers in Physics contest. His book, Peer Instruction: A Users Manual, developed and promoted concepts on peer instruction that have been adopted internationally. He was a presenter on the public perception of science for the Presidential Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House and has received Council of Scientific Society Presidents' Award for Education Research.

Director's Award Project: Dr. Mazur is developing web-based electronic resources to make peer instruction easier for instructors to implement. He is creating Internet utilities that allow instructors to download class-ready materials and to automate production of a course web site for courses taught using peer instruction.

from NSF Award Celebration, November 8, 2001