Paul E. Stanley (2002), professor of physics and holder of the Dobson Endowed Professorship in Physics and Chair of Physics and Astronomy
B.S., Iowa State University; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon State University
Paul Stanley's research involves classical and quantum chaos, and varies between highly theoretical, heavily computational, and playfully experimental. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he has traveled extensively and can communicate in a number of languages, including Fijian and Gilbertese. In his spare time he plays the trumpet semi-professionally and writes undergraduate physics textbooks. In addition to his work teaching physics and rebuilding the department's 0.5 Million electron-volt accelerator, he is currently the director of the US Physics Team, which is charged with selecting and training high school student to represent the United States in the International Physics Olympiad.
J. Patrick Polley (1990), professor of physics and astronomy
B.A., St. Joseph's College; Ph.D., University of Florida
Research interests include holographic testing of mechanical structures, magnetic properties of materials, classical archaeology and modern (19th and 20th century) military history. Patrick has worked with the College Board and the Educational Testing Servide since 1987 on developing and grading the Advanced Placement Physics Exam, as well as training several hundred high-school AP Physics teachers.
Britt R. Scharringhausen (2006), assistant professor of physics and astronomy
B.S., University of Iowa; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University
Britt Scharringhausen teaches both physics and astronomy, including introductory courses and advanced courses for physics majors and students with a particular interest in astronomy. Her research focus is the vertical structure of the F ring of Saturn. Together with Beloit students, she has designed and analyzed observations of Saturn's rings by the Cassini spacecraft, which currently orbits Saturn.
Olga Abramkina (2012), visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy
Olga Abramkina joined the Beloit faculty after teaching intro and advanced physics at Illinois College. Her research interests lie in the area of theoretical low-energy nuclear physics. This includes the study of nuclear shapes and the role of fundamental symmetries in spectral characteristics using the nuclear shell-model.
Rongping Deng, Instrumentation Specialist
Rongping holds a PhD in Physics. He is the instrumentation support to the teaching and research in the Science Division at Beloit College. Rongping also teaches courses in the scientific instrumentation.
Steve Ballou, Radiation Safety Officer
Steve is responsible for maintaining records and doing regular tests on the radioactive materials
owned by the department for experimental purposes.
Doreen Dalman, Center for the Sciences Secretary
Doreen provides support for clerical, administrative, and accounting issues, as well as assistance in LaTeX typesetting.