Lecturer in Physics &

Applied Physics, CSUCI



  1. Art/Phys 208: Physics of Art

  2. Astro/Phys 105: Intro to the Solar System

  3. Astro/Phys 107: The Stars and Beyond

  4. Astro/Phys 390: Frontiers in Astronomy

  5. Biol/Phys 416: Radiobiology and Radionuclides

  6. Chem/Phys 344: Energy & Society

  7. Engl/Phys 338: Science and Conscience

  8. Math 490: Topics in Microscopy using Raspberry Pi

  9. Math 594: Quantum Mechanics

  10. Phys 101 Intro to Physics

  11. Physics 106: Applied Physics and Modern Society

  12. Phys 201 General Physics II

  13. Phys 301: Classical Mechanics

  14. Phys 304: Electricity and Magnetism

  15. Phys 310: Electronics

  16. Phys 400: Quantum Mechanics

  17. Phys 448: Team Based Research

  18. Phys 492: Independent Research

  19. Phys 497: Automation and Analysis using Matlab

  20. Univ 349: Problems of Energy and Society

  21. Project ACCESO 2013 Summer Research Institute

  22. Project ACCESO 2015 Summer Research Institute

Seminars and Presentations

  1. What Can Weakly Electric FIsh Tell us About Our Brains? -- Graduate Math and Physics Seminar, CSUCI, March 5, 2017

  2. Modeling Climate Change in a Test Tube -- Annual Meeting of the Far West Section of the American Physical Society, 2015

  3. GMO Safety -- Ventura BioCenter panel, 2014

  4. Archimedes Palimpsest and other musings on ancient mathematics -- CI Undergrad Math Seminar 2013

  5. From Saving the Rainforests to Saving Our Planet: A Personal Journey ... -- Community Forum, Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2013.

  6. Quality in Writing -- metaphysics of quality Prezi

  7. Learning Strategies for Students  (warning: 400MB zip file)- I modified this powerpoint from Ed Nuhfer to share with students, 2012

  8. Global warming-- here’s my take in 2012.

  9. A Radically Inexpensive CMOS- and USB-based Inverted Fluorescence Microscope. IEEE-EMBS meeting, CLU, 2011.

  10. Fukushima Teach-in at CI and Democratic Society Panel in Ventura and Los Angeles, 2011.

  11. An independent scientist meta-analyzes the Gulf oil spill and response. SCUCI Graduate Math Seminar, 2010.

  12. The physics of threshing pearl millet. CSUCI Founders Poster Session, 2009.

  13. Do-it-yourself electronics laboratory. SCAAPT 2009.

  14. Earth Day 2009.

  15. Mapping electric fields with fish and robots: How weakly electric fish may perceive their environment. CSUCI Graduate Math Seminar, 2009.

  16. The physics of threshing pearl millet: finding a revolutionary solution to an ancient problem. CSUCI Graduate Math Seminar, 2008.

  17. International Development. CSUCI, 2008.

Informal Reports

  1. Programming Vertex VX427A UHF radios to enable their keypads is not possible due to a bug in CE94 programming software configuration files. A fix is documented here, along with hacking techniques to find a faulty byte in an undocumented binary file: Enabling keyPad on Vertex VX427.pdf .

  2. Komatsu PC128US Excavators use Caterpillar style controls. This documents how to convert to John Deere style controls: KomatsuConversionToDeere.pdf .

Top: Spectrum of a compact-fluorescent lightbulb measured with a home-made spectrometer consisting of a $5 webcam, fragment of CD, tin foil slit, in a toilet paper tube. Physics 105, 107, and 208 students each make their own visual spectroscopes to explore light sources in the environment.  Middle: Perspective distortion with a fish-eye lens, explored in Physics 208. Rapid attenuation of electric fields with distance creates a somewhat analogous distortion in how weakly electric fish perceive objects with their electric sense. Bottom: Exploring the physics of a bike-powered pearl millet thresher with a high speed video camera (Physics 106). Results are here.

Ripping phone books -- this one was 730 pages.