- Physics 4302 Miscellaneous Topics
- 1. Are
you curious about me? Do you want to know about my education, experience, research,
- See my Homepage, my Research
Page, & my Personal & Family Page.
- My Research
- I do computational materials (solid
- See my Publications
Page & Conference
Page for details.
- My last PhD
Student (Koushik Biswas) graduated in August,
2007. See his Dissertation
for more details. Unfortunately, another recent PhD student (Emmanuel Nenghabi) passed
away in 2009. A memorial page to him is Here. TTU awarded him a Posthumous PhD in May, 2009. See his Proposal for details of his
research. Both Koushik Biswas and Emmanuel Nenghabi published
a number of papers while they were working with me. See papers
#3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 on my Publications Page. In August, 2013, an MS student (Ms. Annie Jessica Wacheux) finished her MS Thesis under my direction. Currently, I have one PhD student (Dong Xue) working with me. I expect him to graduate near the end of 2015.
- 2. Are
you curious about
Physics? For up to date Physics
to Physics Central (a website for the public).
- A more
link is Focus
News from the American
- 3. To
see that Physics
Can Be Fun, click Here!
- 4. If you want more fun with Physics & with
other science as well, the following is for you!
- I'm sure that you have heard of the Nobel Prizes. Well, have you
ever heard of the Ig-Nobel Prizes?
- These are prizes, awarded each fall in a
ceremony at Harvard University to the most
entertaining research published in recent years in several
areas. The research projects sound strange, but each is a REAL research
project published in a REAL scientific
journal. For the most part, researchers receiving an Ig Nobel are
practicing scientists, some of them are really very distinguished &
a few of them have also been awarded a Nobel Prize.
The presentation ceremony streamed live on
the internet. The Ig Nobel
website has downloadable video clips of the
ceremonies. The Ig Nobel presentations are always made by
Nobel Prize winners.
- The Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded by
the same people who publish the Journal of
Improbable Research (JIR). There are two requirements for a research paper to be
published in JIR: The paper must contain actual research that
- A. Makes
People Laugh and B. Makes
- These are also the two
requirements for research to be considered for an Ig
- 5. Look at the
Top 10 "most influential people"
of the last
- You will find that 4 of the 10 were physicists. (Link
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)
- 6. Physics
of 20th Century Women!
- Did you ever
wonder why there aren't more
women physicists? Actually,
a number of women made very
important contributions to many areas of
in the 1900's. Here is a website which discusses this in detail. In the 21st Century, women are now playing many prominent
roles in physics and the physics community. For example, the current Executive
Officer of the the American Physical Society (a huge organization of ~50,000 research physicists
world-wide!) is Dr.
Kate Kirby. Further, her predecessor was Dr.
Judy Franz. In addition, the most recent past President of APS was
Dr. Cherry Murray. An indication that women are currently and almost
always have been working at the forefront of research in the sciences
is the fact that many women have been awarded Nobel Prizes in the
sciences. So far, though, only two women have been Nobel Laureates
- 7. A
Video! Look at this video posted on the TTU Web Here.
- It's about
Kerrick, an accomplished young woman who is also my friend. She is
one of the most distinguished alumni of the Department of Physics &
TTU. She has a Physics BS (1991) & MS (1993). She is a Flight
Director for the International Space
Station! While she was here, I taught her in at least 2 undergrad
classes & one graduate class. She was always at the top of those
classes & was a pleasure to teach. She was Commencement
speaker in December, 2010. I'm proud of her success.
- In November, 2012, TTU presented Ginger Kerrick with a 2012 TTU Distinguished Alumnus Award.
- TTU has done an
excellent job on this video, which is excellent PR for TTU &
our department. U-Tube also has many videos of interviews with
her in her Flight Director job. She visited the
department many times since she graduated & she is still as nice,
outgoing, & energetic as she was when she was a student. More
information about her is Here.
- 8. Richard P. Feynman: In
class, I briefly mentioned Richard
- If you are curious, you can find out a lot about him by
looking on the web Here.
Also, I have put together a power point file of short summary of his
life & accomplishments. If you like, you may download it Here.
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