Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Coordinator of the Pre-Engineering
Associate Professor in Physics
Coordinator of the Pre-Engineering Program (www.bakeru.edu/faculty/rsivron/engineering)
Mulvane Science Hall
Phone: (785) 979-4270
e-mail:email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Have 22 years experience in the
fields of physics and technology. Expert in solving science
and technology problems, and teaching how to solve such problems. Successful in professional and creative writing. Successful as a process
engineer in photolithography. I have
worked with very creative people in my job as the director of a Summer Science Program (SSP) in California the past four
years. I am yearning to interact with creative people doing practical work full
See also: scholarship,
My research interests in:
- Black Hole Candidates: I want to know what makes
quasars and black hole `tick,' and what use we may find for the physics of
matter near black hole candidates. I am trying to apply that
knowledge to the study of high temperature plasmas and
shock waves in plasmas.
- Non-linear Dynamics in
The above systems are perfect labs for studying non-linear dynamical
systems in astrophysics. Non-linear dynamics and time series
analysis may be referred to as the quantitative study of how things
- Cosmology: I am working on a back -
reaction model of post-recombination cosmology that will explain the
recently observed apparent acceleration of the universe. Again, non-linear
dynamics plays a role. For more on my
research click here.
and Physics Related:
- Physics of Shatter
Cones: Recently I started to work with Prof. John Weber and his Earth
& Space science students, on trying to understand shatter cones
in ancient impact craters. This project combines knowledge of
shocks and elasticity with John's expert knowledge of geology. Its a fun project!
- Physics Education: I
also wants to know what makes science
students `tick', so I do physics and astronomy education research.
I developed new methods of teaching, and
alternative explanations to many "rules of thumb" in
The NASA IDEA project: Mars
for middle school classes.
Outreach throught the bucknell
observatory (Interim director, Fall 1999)
Program Academic Director (04) / Associate Director (05), Academic Director
(06), Academic Director (07)
I taught over 1000 students in the last nine years. For classes with current web pages click here.
For more on my teaching click here.
Papers, CV, Etc.
· Acceleration of a 2nd
Order Clumping Universe (APS meeting Talk FB10-08).
my paper on self organized criticality in compact accreting sources click here.
of Thumb" Explanations (Including a relativistic explanation of Lenz's
· Click Here for my Curriculum
· Click here for a
short SF story I wrote ; or another story I
wrote; or an
extra-short dark humor one I wrote; Also a poem I wrote
· Click Here for my
Teaching Experience & Teaching Philosophy
Current and Previous Classes Taught at Baker and Bucknell with some links (Hastings classes and
observatory see CV)
- PC 140 Astronomy
(Spring 2004,05,06, fall 06, Spring08,09,10,11,13,14)
- PC 225 General Physics
I (Fall 03,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14)
- PC 226 General Physics
II (Spring 04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,13,14)
- PC 325 General Physics
III (Fall 03,04,14)
- PC 340 Astrophysics (Spring 05,07,09,11,13)
- PC 359 Mathematical Physics (Fall
- PC 390 Thermodynamics (Fall
- PC 480 Advanced Mechanics (Fall
03, Fall 05,07,08,10,13,14)
- PC 490 Quantum Physics (Spring 06)
- PC 491 Senior Project (Spring 04,
- PC495 Special Topics -
Electronics (Spring 04)
- NS 211 _Natural
Sciences I (Fall 03)
- Physics 211 home page (Fall 2000).
- Foundation Seminar:
Science and Science Fiction (Fall 2000).
102 (Spring 2000).
- Phys211, (Problem
- Astronomy 101 (Fall 1999).
- College Physics II (Spring 1998).
- Physics for the Health Sciences
- Quantum Mechanics (Winter 1997).
am a widower with one daughter, 21 year old.
Last Updated: April 2011.