Harry L. Shipman, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, received a bachelors' degree from Harvard and masters and doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology. For most of his 20-plus year career at Delaware, his research activities concentrated on astronomy, in particular on white dwarf stars, the future life cycle stages of low mass stars like our sun. He has worked with over ten undergraduates in research, and published several articles and book reviews with them.
Shipman's innovations in science teaching, developed in cooperation with other faculty in Delaware's Problem-Based Learning group, have focused primarily on the ways to incorporate group activity into large classes. Many of these group activities ask students to make decisions about current research projects, both Shipman's own and others which are active nationally. His interest in science teaching has developed into a secondary research area.
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