New Faculty Profile – Dr. Ben Dreyfus

Dreyfus 2[7]The STEM Accelerator is pleased to welcome Dr. Ben Dreyfus as our new physics faculty member. Dr. Dreyfus completed his Ph.D. in physics in the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group in 2014, and also graduated from the City College of New York in 2004 with an M.A. in science education, and Harvard University in 2001 with an A.B. in physics.

Dr. Dreyfus joins us after serving as a Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Maryland. Before that, he taught high school physics in New York City for 6 years, at the Frederick Douglass Academy and Stuyvesant High School, and also has experience with radiation chemistry at Argonne National Laboratory and near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) at Nanonics Imaging. His most recent publications are related to physics education research. Titles include “Chemical energy in an introductory physics course for the life sciences,” “Teaching thermodynamics and statistical mechanics in introductory physics, chemistry, and biology,” and “Students’ reasoning about ‘high-energy bonds’ and ATP: A vision of interdisciplinary education”.

This year Dr. Dreyfus will be leading the weekly seminar for first-time Learning Assistants, and looks forward to facilitating a supportive space where LAs can reflect on their teaching, make connections between their classroom experiences and research on teaching and learning, and participate in a community of peers.  He will be working with local high schools where students are carrying out research projects for GMU credit.  He is also teaching introductory physics labs this semester, and will be teaching other introductory physics courses in the future.  He hopes to use the STEM Accelerator’s unique environment as a way to build more collaborations across the STEM departments, and to investigate the impacts of the LA program on LAs’ and their students’ thinking.

Dr. Dreyfus is located in 1406 Exploratory Hall and can be reach via email: bdreyfu2@gmu.edu or phone: 703-993-1287.