Professionally, I am a Physicist who focuses on light and lasers for my research. I have a PhD in Physics and I have worked both in industry doing laboratory work and as a professor teaching all levels of undergraduate college Physics. My main research interests are in effective methods of teaching Physics and in most areas of Optics. I have worked on a variety of Optics projects ranging from high power lasers to imaging optical fibers and I enjoy learning about all thing related to light. On the teaching side, I am interested in anything that helps and motivates my students to learn, but have concentrated mainly on peer instruction in lecture classes and as many hands-on demonstrations in my upper level classes as I can fit into a semester (and afford the equipment for). I am also a woman Physicist, of which there are still far too few, and am interested in the topic of women in science, but I will leave that to the other many excellent bloggers out there and not discuss that (except perhaps rarely) in this blog.
On the personal side, I am married with a young daughter. I recently resigned my professional job to care for her, and that takes up all of my time these days. I like to bake and knit when I get the chance, enjoy yoga, and love to travel around the world whenever the opportunity presents itself, although the travel (along with most other things) will be limited until our daughter is a bit older.