I have been doing physics all my life. When I was little, I would take my brother’s and sisters’ toys apart to see how they worked. I took auto mechanics and welding instead of home ec in school. Physics is all around us and in us. It is my job to help you understand this. I try to make physics personal and fun.
I have taught physics since 1978. My favorite topic in physics is modern physics (relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics). I studied nuclear physics at Fermi Lab near Chicago, and spent two summers taking students to Russia to tour and study physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and at various research facilities in Chernogolovka. I got to touch and hold two Nobel Prizes in physics, and see the Nobel Peace Prize on display in the Roosevelt Room in the White House.
I was named the 1996 South Dakota Teacher of the Year, and in 1998, was selected as a Disney American Teacher Award Honoree. Video clips of my classroom activities were shown on the Disney Channel that year.
Northern State University
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Department Phone: 605.626.3382