The Physics of Everyday Life


Dr Aatish Bhatia,

Director of Engineering Education,

Council on Science and Technology

Princeton University



Dr. Aatish Bhatia is actively engaged in science communication, and writes Empirical Zeal, an award-winning science blog His popular science writing has been published online by WIRED and Nautilus Magazine, in print in The Best Online Science Writing 2012 (Scientific American Books) and was awarded first prize in the 3 Quarks Daily Online Science Writing Prize in 2012. He has co-developed online educational videos with Minute Physics and TED-ED that have been viewed millions of times. His most recent science communication project is Noticing (, a science blogging collaboration with Robert Krulwich (WNYC/Radiolab).


His talk will be describe some of his adventures in science education, where his goal is to communicate complicated ideas and principles in a simple and effective manner.


Dr. Aatish Bhatia got his B.A. degree (with Honors) in 2007 from Swarthmore College, with a Major in Physics and a Minor in Mathematics Minor and his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers.  His Ph.D. thesis was on numerical methods to detect signatures of natural selection in genetic data. At Rutgers University, he transformed and co-taught a large-enrollment introductory physics course for non-science majors, incorporating active learning pedagogies and focusing on the relevance of physics to society. He also created an Arduino and robotics course in the New Jersey GovernorŐs School of Engineering and Technology, taught four years of recitations, workshops and labs with a focus on active learning, and was a recipient of the Richard J. Plano Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.


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