Professor of Physics and Director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education
Office: 104 Bennett Hall (111 Estabrooke Hall)
Phone: (207)581-1019; (207)581-4678
- 1975 A.B., Princeton University
- 1979 M.S., University of Maine
- 1987 Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
My research revolves around theoretical condensed matter physics; phase transitions and critical phenomena; spin glasses, amorphous magnetism, quenched disorder; nonlinear systems and chaos; pattern formation; phase transitions in non-equilibrium systems; models of lateral organization in biological membranes; science education; student learning in science.
Some of my main research foci are:
- Renormalization-group mappings of systems with competing interactions;
- Non-linear systems and transitions to chaos;
- Improving science education by providing research internships for pre- and in-service teachers;
- Development of realistic models for biological membranes (in collaboration with Professor Sam Hess);
- Developer and graduate coordinator of the Master of Science in Teaching Program; and
- Founding director of the University’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research.