I have been involved in efforts to flip the introductory physics classes, especially the first semester of the calculus-based sequence. I also team-teach a class that uses science fiction and non-fiction works to explore the effects of science and technology on society.
- Introductory physics
- Quantum mechanics
- Science and technology
My research interest is in experimental particle physics (also known as high energy physics). I am a member of the CMS collaboration, which is an international group that is operating an experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. I have been studying ways in which the top quark is produced for some time, starting with earlier work I did with the D0 collaboration at Fermilab. Now that the Higgs boson has been found, I am looking at ways in which the Higgs particle interacts with the top quark.
- Experimental particle physics
- High energy physics
- Hadron collider physics
I am very interested in communicating science to a general audience. I am on the board of Kansas Citizens for Science and am past president of KU's Sigma Xi chapter. I am also the lead faculty mentor for KU's QuarkNet center that connects our particle physics research group with area high school physics teachers and students.