May 23, 2013 - Claremont, Calif. -
Nobel Laureate and physicist Carl Wieman gave the commencement address, sharing scientific evidence that the graduates’ college education had actually boosted their brainpower.
An expert on atomic physics and science education, Wieman focuses one area of his research on teaching scientific thinking.
|Nobel Laureate Dr. Carl Wieman|
He said research has revealed that it takes about 10,000 hours of intense, concentrated mental practice to become a world-class expert in any established field, whether or not a person shows early talent in the field.
Senior keynote speaker Alec Storrie-Lombardi talked about the close friendships and mentoring relationships that impacted his experience at HMC.
“Reputation-wise, Mudd is seen as a place that molds students into exceptional professionals in industry or academics through use of a very rigorous curriculum,” Storrie-Lombardi said. “But the important thing is that we do it together, whether it’s working in a team, or side by side; whether stopping by for office hours for help, or Professor Dodds responding to an email of yours at 3 in the morning when you are freaking out over why doesn’t the code work.”
|Alec Storrie-Lombardi '13|
Glen Hastings ’93 welcomed the new graduates into the HMC Alumni Association.
“Mudders are professors and teachers at all levels of education from the sciences to the humanities, engineers and scientists across hundreds of disciplines around the globe, entrepreneurs, business leaders, futurists, doctors, attorneys, astronauts, Oscar Award winners and Tony Award winners,” Hastings said. “As you look at the Mudders to your left and to your right, remember, these are people that will change the world.”
|HMC President Maria Klawe|
President Maria Klawe described the values and attitudes students develop at HMC that prepare them to take on major challenges and succeed: lack of fear of failure; commitment to everyone’s success; excellence without arrogance; delight in learning; and, a willingness to challenge accepted ideas and approaches.
“Fear of failure is what stops many people from trying to do great things. But, at Mudd, everyone gets many opportunities to fail and to learn from those failures. And to learn to ask for help, and to learn to give help,” Klawe said. “That understanding—of helping others succeed, and being a part of a group that succeeds together—is probably the most valuable thing you can take with you for the rest of your life.”
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