1999-present: Professor, University of Kansas
1994-1995: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Michigan
1993-1999: Associate Professor, University of Kansas
1988-1993: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
1985-1988: Research Associate, Purdue University
1985: Research Associate, Indiana University
1985: Ph.D., Physics, Indiana University
1981: M.S., Physics, Indiana University
1979: B.S., Physics, Indiana University
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.
Selected Awards & Honors
- 2003: Steeples Award for Service to Kansans
- 2003-2004: Kemper Award for Teachng Excellence
- 1997: Department Undergraduate Teaching Award
- 2000-2001: CTE Excellence in Teaching Award, chosen by the Graduate students in Physics & Astronomy