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As far as recreation outside of work is concerned, contemporary folk dancing to live music (as with New England style contra), basketball, clarinet, bikes & hikes, cooking, handball, gardens, and river canoeing have all been passions at one time or another.
Three paragraph summary:
My goals in research, teaching, and service (hence three quilts) all involve people, stuff, instruments, and codes (often mathematics), which subjects thus provide columns for each quilt. Service as well as educational objectives are served by providing our students exposure to globally evolving task, team, and time management strategies, where possible through direct contact with collaborators at other institutions. Result: The summer internship, and permanent, job picture for graduate students and postdocs has been positive. Initiatives and progress at catalyzing collaborations between institutions, and nurturing an informed public, can also be found in the service quilt below.
Among research goals for our group, material problems include defects in and on VLSI silicon and mica, lateral displacement map studies of friction forces on the submicron scale, and the 2D/3D core/rim structure of micron-sized graphite onions formed in the atmosphere of red giant stars and delivered to earth in meteorites. Instrument activities involve new techniques of scanning displacement microscopy and tip shape monitoring, as well as instrument response analysis in general using scanned probe and transmission electron microscopes with sub-2A resolution. These scopes are moving into a CME building designed & built for such instruments in Fall 1996. Related math challenges involve Bayesian strategies for measuring and locating periodicities in, and imagining periodicities just outside, of experimentally imaged regions of solid specimens.
I got a B.S. degree in Physics (cum laude) from St. Louis University, an M.S. degree in Physics from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville IL, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis MO. I am holding appointments, with varying intensities, as Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at University of Missouri in St. Louis, as Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis, as Adjunct Senior Research Associate with the McDonnell Center for Space Sciences at Washington U., and as Consultant in Microscopy for Corporate Research and Development Staff at Monsanto World Headquarters in St. Louis.
Transmitted electron and scanned tip microscopies, especially atomic resolution imaging and diffraction.
Defects in semiconductors for integrated circuit applications, and in particular oxygen in silicon.
Study of the birth/history of stellar systems with extraterrestrial materials in the laboratory, including interplanetary dust from the earth's stratosphere, and presolar dust from other stars in meteorites.
Introducing newcomers to the 21st century with help from "fat-free folk-physics for the future".
Note: For excerpts from recent adventures in the first 3, see our UM-StL Scanned Tip and Electron Image Lab page.
Idea Quilt - Introducing Newcomers to the 21st Century
The Traveler Kinematic
The land-speed record for particles, The collider bargain
An Inter-Institutional Course on MODERN Analytical Instrumentation.
A Survey Course on Non-Technical Skills for Grad Students in the Sciences (including People/Self/Time Management, modern Education Strategies, Communication Skills, and Methods for Funding Science), to facilitate the Effectiveness in the global economy of our Graduating Physicists, Chemists, Biologists & Psychologists.
Showing introductory physics students how to solve relativisitic acceleration problems with Galileo's equations, and the idea of a traveler kinematic and spatial 4-velocities measured in [lightyears per traveler year] or "roddenberries". For example: "Without the 55 mph (82 nano-roddenberry) speed limit imposed by man, what's to keep us from wasting as little of our time getting there as we wish?" Answer: Not relativity!
Traversable Worm-Holes in General Relativity, and the possibility of a Jambless Door!
Pat Gibbons, Ken Kelton, Dan Schwartz, Jimmy Liu, Tom Bernatowicz, Dick Ornberg, Joe Holzer, Pat Kinlen, Bruce Frushour, Bill Haynes, Lucio Mulestagno, Rod Ruoff, Jan Ryerse, Lu Fei, Chang Shen, Haresh Siriwardane, Don Parker, Frank May, Rick Dorshow, John Heuser