Dr Michael Huexternal image Husm.gif

Contact Address
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
One Bethel Valley Road
Bldg. 4501, Room 205
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6224
Phone: (001-865) 574-8782
Fax: (001-865) 241-4829
Email: i5h@ornl.gov


  1. What skills/abilities do you feel students need to have to be successful scientist in the in the 21st century?
  2. What is the best way for students to acquire these?
  3. Do you think schools are producing students who are inclined to be push the limits of scientific research?
  4. Looking at the people you currently see entering your field, what are their strengths and what are their weaknesses?
  5. There is a lot of discussion in K-12 education about the importance of content knowledge (knowing a lot of “stuff” about math, science, social studies, language arts, etc.) versus the importance of learning skills and students being able to construct their own understanding of material/ideas that are new to them (being able to “learn how to learn”). What are your thoughts regarding how much we should focus on content knowledge versus focusing on people's ability to learn/adapt/grow? Which would be more important as a scientist?
  6. Should there be an emphasis in schools on working in groups to better prepare our students for the demands of being a scientist?
  7. Tell us a little bit about any changes you foresee in your field in the next 5-15 years (and beyond). What must students and schools do to prepare themselves for these changes?
  8. What types of technologies should our students be proficient at using?
  9. What was the best learning/educational experience you have had? Why?
  10. When we're done today, what's the one most important "take-away" message you'd like our listeners to hear?