Teaching

For the last 20 years, I have taught courses to the full spectrum of the student population at the institutions I have served. As a theoretical physicist, I am delighted to share with my audience -- be it colleagues, students, or the general public -- the known facts and deep mysteries of the curiously non-intuitive place that is our Universe.

In 2020, I was the recipient of the President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest such honour bestowed on LMU faculty.

This semester (Fall 2020), I am teaching the following courses:

  • PHYS 374: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Scientific principles underlying nuclear weaponry, including basic atomic theory, fission, and fusion; quantifying effects of nuclear explosions; exploring the history, development, and use of nuclear weapons, including potential nuclear terrorism scenarios; social, political, and ethical ramifications of the nuclear arms race and the Cold War.

  • PHYS 480: Capstone Experience

Preparation for life after graduation, including graduate school, work in industry, and teaching. Colloquia, journal reading, and seminars on topics in contemporary physics, scientific/proposal writing, and presentation skills.