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Faculty

*Department Chair

 

J. Patrick Polley* (1990), professor of physics and astronomy and Chair 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), associate 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.

 

Paul E. Stanley (2002), professor of physics and holder of the Dobson Endowed Professorship in Physics, chair of the natural sciences

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.

 
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.


Science Center Academic Program Coordinator

Provides support for clerical, administrative, and accounting issues, as well as assistance in LaTeX typesetting.