My focus at Colorado State University is undergraduate instruction.
Labs: As the Instructional Laboratory Coordinator for the Department, I develop and supervise our undergraduate instructional laboratories. I have produced and maintain lab manuals for several courses:
I am actively involved in finding more effective ways to structure teaching laboratories, and am always looking for new ideas and ways of doing things. My particular focus right now is on developing labs with biological content.
Instruction: I teach undergraduate courses, and am an academic advisor for the Physical Science major. Recent courses taught:
As part of this effort, I am always researching interesting topics that I can use to illuminate class presentations. One of my recent areas of focus is on radioactivity - specifically, radioactive things that you can buy at flea markets
Outreach: Though it is not the major part of my work, I am most known for my role as the Director of Department's outreach program, the Little Shop of Physics. This Web site is a lot more interesting than my page (just the the program is more interesting than I am), and I encourage you to stop reading this and go there ASAP. The Little Shop program has two goals: 1) to provide an engaging, hands-on physics program to students all over the state, and 2) to give our undergraduate students a chance to take part in a program that allows them to do some interesting physics and learn how to present science to people at all levels. This is a real service learning experience.
This year's Little Shop of Physics tour is the "Go With the Flow" tour, and I am looking for interesting experiments and demonstrations on air flow and pressure. Along with the Little Shop crew, I am also looking at other topics too; drop by the Little Shop of Physics area at some point and ask for a tour.