I teach all branches of Physics to students from grade 5 through the senior level at Ithaca College. My hope is to increase students' understanding of Physics but also to increase their critical and analytical thinking skills while fostering a love of Physics and a sense of wonder about the natural world.
My research is in low temperature Physics. In particular, I study superconductivity. The phenomenon of superconductivity is so unusual and counter-intuitive that it never ceases to amaze me. See our pictures for examples of its interesting effects or the movies we've made about superconducting MagLev trains.
I also go to local schools with an outreach program called "Temperature and Heat" to discuss the effects of high and low temperatures on different materials, and the how energy flows from hot to cold objects.
Update! Our demonstrations were featured on the Nov. 9, 2011 episode of "The Colbert Report!" You can check out the segment here.