Lecturer, Physical Science, Introductory Physics
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, NM, 1973
M.S., Northeastern University, MA, 1968
M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology, OH, 1964
B.S., Allegheny College, PA, 1962
Office: Hall of Science (HSCI), Room 283-285
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Physics & Astronomy
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-9505
Phone: (562) 985-4913 Office
Fax: (562) 985-7924
Increased Learning Gains in Introductory Physics Classes, Space Physics (Particles and Fields), Near Earth Objects (NEO's) Identification and Destruction.
My current research interests are primarily focused at improving student learning gain in a large lecture environment. This interest meshes with my over 50 year membership in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). I have quantified student learning gain in my large Physical Science sections. My student learning gain is a strong function of class size below 100 students per section and then approximately constant above that size. This may be the result of my undergraduate work at a small liberal arts college, Allegheny College, where the largest class I had was less than 30 students. I enjoy teaching the Physical Science classes since the majority of the students enter both math and science phobic. I enjoy the challenge of changing their opinions in these areas. The majority of the students will be K-8 teachers. Their abhorrence of science will have a great impact on large numbers of students in the future. This site links to several presentations given to the AAPT on methods to increase student learning gains in large lecture classes. I have also tried to quantify the learning gain the algebra based first semester introductory physics course. Here the data is sparse since I have not had the opportunity to teach the course enough times to obtain a significant data base.
I have maintained a 40 year membership in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Space Physics. There is a staggeringly large number of satellite data sets available to better understand the physics of the earth's trapped radiation population and do classical Cosmic Ray physics. This is a fruitful area for undergraduate and Master's level investigations at low cost, as was proven by several studies and Harvey Mudd College that I funded while working for McDonnell Douglas, a former major Aerospace company.
The final research area of interest is that of collisions between the Earth and Near Earth Objects (NEO). An NEO is an asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of the earth and could collide with the earth. This project is being done to support our local Congressman, Congressman Rohrabacher, for whom I currently work part time as a scientific advisor.