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Faculty and Staff - Physics and Astronomy

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Faculty and Staff Listing

Joseph (Joe) Amato
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
jamato@colgate.edu

Anthony (Tony) Aveni
Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies
410 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7214
aaveni@colgate.edu

Thomas Balonek
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
407 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7767
tbalonek@colgate.edu

Jeffrey (Jeff) Bary
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
409 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7693
jbary@colgate.edu

Patrick Crotty
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
411 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6617
pcrotty@colgate.edu

Jack Dodd
Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics, Emeritus
nocolgate-email

Enrique (Kiko) Galvez
Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics and Astronomy
315 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7205
egalvez@colgate.edu

Charles (Charlie) Holbrow
Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics, Emeritus
cholbrow@colgate.edu

Diane Janney
Administrative Assistant
331 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7226
djanney@colgate.edu

Jonathan Levine
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
132 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6632
jlevine@colgate.edu

James (Jim) Lloyd
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
jlloyd@colgate.edu

Shimon Malin
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
smalin@colgate.edu

Abigail Mechtenberg
Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies
Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6069
amechtenberg@colgate.edu

Rebecca Metzler
Assistant Professor
230 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6025
rmetzler@colgate.edu

Mary (Beth) Parks
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Chair of Physics and Astronomy
130 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7208
meparks@colgate.edu

John Roller
Lecturer in Physics
Ho Science Center
jroller@colgate.edu

Kenneth (Ken) Segall
Associate Professor of Physics
317 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6597
ksegall@colgate.edu

Greggory (Todd) Springer
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
321 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6184
gspringer@colgate.edu

Shannon Zachow
Teaching & Research Support Technician
115/116 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7654
szachow@colgate.edu

Research Areas

Astronomy
This work is done under the direction of professors Thomas Balonek and Jeff Bary. It involves experimental research in a few areas:
  • Quasar variability
  • Astronomical techniques
  • Archaeoastronomy
  • Astrophysics


Atomic and Optical Physics
This work is done under the direction of Professor Enrique J. Galvez. It involves experimental research in a few areas:
  • Atomic physics with Rydberg atoms
  • Optical physics
  • Physics education
  • Photon quantum mechanics


Condensed Matter Physics
Professor Beth Parks studies condensed matter physics. Two major recent projects include:
  • Using terahertz spectroscopy to learn about the properties of single-molecule magnets
  • Studying the conductivity of carbon nanotubes.
Low Temperature/Solid State Physics
Professor Joseph C. Amato directs this research program aimed at studying the electrical resistance of thin films as a function of temperature and magnetic field. There are two components to this work:
  • Preparing thin film metallic samples and studying their superconducting properties.
  • Patterning the surface of the thin films.


Physics Education
Members of the department have been involved in the following educational projects:
  • Modernizing the introductory physics sequence
  • Creating new laboratories for the introductory physics courses
  • Designing new undergraduate experiments on photon quantum mechanics