Stanford Experts

Helen Quinn

Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Emerita, at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory




Theoretical physicist Helen Quinn chaired a National Academy of Sciences committee that issued in 2011 A Framework for K-12 Science Education, meant to identify key scientific practices, concepts and ideas that all students should learn by the time they complete high school. The top-level committee of the National Research Council wanted to create common core standards for science education nationwide. Quinn has long been interested in science education, running summer programs for teachers and bringing college students from around the country to undertake research at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Her research focuses on theoretical particle physics with an emphasis on phenomenology of the weak interactions, particularly CP violation.