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Publications and Professional Information
Office hours in Winter of 2017: Monday 1pm-2pm, Tuesday 4pm-5pm, Thursday 4pm-5pm, Friday 1pm-2pm
of my research group (summer 2013). From left: Ted Yoo, me, Jonathan Tran, and Shane Stahlheber.
News 10/24/2016 I have published a commentary article on curmudgeons in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Easiest $300 I ever earned.
News 6/18/2016 I have an article on superresolution and percolation theory in the upcoming issue of Journal of the Optical Society of America-A.
News 10/13/2015 I have published a commentary article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, on geeky pursuits and their relation to academic committee work.
News 5/27/2014 I have published a commentary article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, suggesting that lecturing is not an unmitigated evil.
News 4/8/2014 We have had a review article published in Annual Review of Physical Chemistry.
News 2/27/2014 We have just had a review article published in Nature Methods. Undergraduate student Shane Stahlheber was a co-author.
News 6/28/2012 I have an invited article in the latest issue of Nature Methods.
News 6/2/2012 I have just been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. I promise not to slack off...too much.
4/2/2012 Shane Stahlheber, an undergraduate student in the group, has
been awarded a summer research scholarship from the Microscopy Society
of America, to support him as he works on research with me.
9/1/2011 A paper titled "Model of bleaching and acquisition for
superresolution microscopy controlled by a single wavelength" has been
accepted at Biomedical Optics Express. I will post a .pdf when the
final version is published.
News 7/10/2011 I have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC)
as a Councilor. In addition, I will be the Programs Chair for
2011-2012. The OSSC is an organization of optics professionals, mostly
from industry but some from academia, who meet monthly (usually the
second Wednesday of the month) from October to June. If you are
interested in careers in optics specifically, or a physics or
engineering student who wants to learn things about industry that your
professors can't teach you, I strongly urge you to attend OSSC meetings.
4/30/2010 We have received a $14,936 grant from the California State
Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) to work on
algorithms for analyzing subdiffraction microscopy images!
12/17/2009 Forrest Hippensteel, an undergraduate in my research group,
will be giving an invited presentation at the Biological Fluorescence
Subgroup Meeting at the 2010 Biophysical Society Meeting in San
Francisco this February.
News 9/1/2009: A recording of a public lecture that I gave at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics is available here.
News 5/18/2009: The Cal Poly Pomona Physics Department was profiled in the American Physical Society's Biological Physics Newsletter. Newsletter here. (.pdf)
12/15/2008: I have been appointed as a KITP Scholar by the Kavli
Insitute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara! I will be
spending a few weeks a year at KITP conducting research and attending
am an Associate Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic
University in Pomona, California. Previously, I was a postdoctoral
research fellow in theoretical biophysics at the National Institutes of
Health in Bethesda, Maryland. (That's just outside DC.) I received my
Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in 2005, working under Professor David Pine.
My research interests are mostly focused on the theory of optical imaging beyond the diffraction limit. The basic question I ask is, with the diffraction limit overcome, what theoretical limit(s) will replace it? I have additional projects in light scattering and percolation theory. I also have an interest in the mathematics of voting systems, particularly topics related to the Gibbard-Satterthwaite Theorem. Although I primarily do theory I have greatly enjoyed collaborating with experimentalists, and I spent much of graduate school trying to do experiments. I didn't get a lot done in those experiments, but I learned a lot of science.
Prof. Alex Small
Department of Physics
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
arsmall (at) cpp (dot) edu
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