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I have experience in external program review for physics and am especially interested in helping smaller physics departments thrive. I find this work engaging because I enjoy both learning about what other programs are doing and sharing insights that I have developed over the years as a physics professor. I believe robust physics education is very important to the personal development of students and is integral to a healthy liberal arts institution.
I enjoy sharing with others the value of a physics education that is grounded in the liberal arts and how thinking like a physicist is a valuable quality for students to develop, no matter what their major is. I also love doing research in medical physics and enjoy sharing with students about the field, offering insight into a vocation that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. I think it is important for students to hear about medical physics, because on one hand, medical physics might not be something they know even exists. On the other, in my experience, when students hear about the field, they are very excited to learn about how they can apply their interest and love of physics to research and clinical work that has a close association with helping others, in a team-based, collaborative environment of physics peers and associates in other fields. And I believe that physics students from liberal arts programs have much to offer the field of medical physics, because of their unique, broad-based educational experience. I believe it is also important for students who are not majoring in physics to learn about the role of medical physics, especially students pursuing vocation in health fields.
Some examples of previous talks I have given are:
Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting, “Making Your Physics of Music Course Truly Cross-Disciplinary.”
Wheaton College Science Sandwich Seminar. “James Clerk Maxwell: A Model for Twenty-first Century Physics in the Christian Liberal Arts.”
Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. “More than a Thousand Words: Making Medical Images More Meaningful.”
Wheaton College Symposium on The Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis - Scientific, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives. “Effects of Radiation on the Environment and Human Body: Concerns for Japan and Beyond.”