This and That
- In June 1999, Dr. John Yukich was appointed to the position of MacArthur
Assistant Professor. Endowed by the MacArthur Foundation, this two-year
professorship is awarded by the College to help attract and retain junior
faculty. In June 2000, Yukich received a grant of $35,000 from the Research
Corporation in support of his research in optical dynamics of negative ions.
This funding has provided for equipment purchases and support for Philip
Stewart ('01) during the summer of 2000 when he worked with Yukich. Yukich
seeks to continue regular student involvement in his research laboratory.
- Professors Dan Boye and Greta Munger (Psychology) received a Summer 2000
Associated Colleges of the South Technology Fellowship and support from
Davidson College to create and integrate a variety of interactive, web-based
exercises involving sounds to share with students the breadth of the aural
world. These exercises and demonstrations will be used in future courses on
the physics of sound and the psychology of sound.
- Professors Mario Belloni, Larry Cain, and Wolfgang Christian received a
Summer 2001 Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Technology Fellowship to
develop innovative curricular material that will combine two web-based
pedagogical techniques, Physlets and Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT), for their
quantum mechanics course. They will develop pre-instruction exercises
(called WarmUps in the JiTT approach) that will involve Physlet animations
to actively engage students outside of the classroom (using the WWW) to
enhance their in-class experience.
- Professors Mario Belloni and Wolfgang Christian
received funding from the Associated Colleges of the South to lead a 3-day
Workshop (Summer 2001) at the ACS Technology Center at Southwestern
University in Georgetown, Texas. The workshop will describe how to use and
write Physlet curricular material and is an extension of the numerous 1-day
AAPT workshops they have led over the past few years.