Faculty & Staff

Administration

Department Head: Dr. Leigh Smith

Undergraduate Director: Prof. Philip Argyres

Graduate Director: Prof. Rostislav Serota

Full-Time Faculty

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Philip C. Argyres

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Physics

404 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

Philip Argyres works on various topics in theoretical particle physics, string theory, general relativity, and cosmology. 
For his publications, see his website http://homepages.uc.edu/~argyrepc/ .
For his cv, contact him directly at philip.argyres@uc.edu .
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Hulya Atmacan

Asst Professor - Educator (F2), Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Adam J Aurisano

Assistant Professor, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Matthew Bronson Bayliss

Asst Professor, Physics

412 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0637

I work to solve problems in observational astrophysics and cosmology. I am an observer by trade and enjoy working with instrumentation and data at all wavelengths, though I am especially proficient with data in the optical and infrared. My scientific expertise is in observational cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics, with both galaxy clusters and high-redshifts galaxies. The broad goal of my research is to describe the way in which structure on the largest observable scales developed into its current form, starting from the Big Bang.

Research Webpage
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Colin A Bischoff

Assoc Professor, Physics

421 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0515


Web page for Cincinnati CMB Group

Dr. Colin Bischoff studies the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) to learn about the origin of the universe. The CMB is a relic radiation field that was emitted shortly after the Big Bang. By studying CMB polarization, he hopes to detect a signal of primordial gravitational waves that are predicted by inflation, our leading theory of the conditions that produced the Big Bang. Dr. Bischoff’s efforts span instrumentation, telescope operations, and data analysis. Two currently operating telescopes at the South Pole, BICEP3 and BICEP Array, are currently producing the most sensitive CMB polarization data for this purpose. He is also involved in planning for the future CMB Stage 4 experiment.
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C. J. Bolech

Professor, Physics

427 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0529

Research Areas

Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems (SCQS): This includes many-body and quantum-field theories, quantum fluids, integrable systems, quantum information and tensor networks, non-equilibrium transport, mesoscopic systems, ultracold atomic gases and optical lattices, unconventional superconductivity, strongly correlated electrons (e.g., quantum impurities and heavy fermions).


Main interests

Prof. Bolech is an applied mathematical physicist working mainly on the domains of theoretical Atomic-Molecular-Optical and Condensed-Matter&Materials physics (TAMOP and CMMT, respectively). From a technical perspective, his present TAMOP focus is on the use of generalized coherent states, tensor networks and non-linear optimization; while on the CMMT side he is currently focused on bosonization, renormalization and entanglement. His main interest is on SCQS. Strong correlations are one of the main theoretical (viz. computational and mathematical) challenges of current frontier problems in many areas of physics; ranging from condensed-matter to atomic, nuclear and particle physics. For example, strong nonlinear behaviours can be found in numerous systems such as heavy fermions, high-temperature superconductors, organic conductors, or quantum wires and dots (to the study of all of which he has contributed). Bolech's work combines the use and development of different computational and analytic non-perturbative approaches. These are applied to problems like the realization of exotic superconducting states of matter in optical lattices, the interplay of mixed valence and multi-channel Kondo physics in heavy fermions and quantum dots, the quantum tunneling of particles in correlated mesoscopic systems, the dynamics of vortices in quantum condensates, or the sudden expansion of interacting atomic gases.
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Joachim Brod

Assoc Professor, Physics

420 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0524

Joachim Brod is working in theoretical high-energy physics. His particular interests are flavor physics, dark matter, precision probes of new physics, and multiloop calculations using computer algebra. See https://homepages.uc.edu/~brodjm/index.html for more information.
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Richard G Gass

Professor Educator, Physics

410 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0519

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Conor Henderson

Associate Professor, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

Conor Henderson joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 2021 as an Associate Professor in the Physics Department. His research focuses on experimental elementary particle physics at the energy frontier, with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He received his undergraduate degree in physics and applied mathematics from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and his PhD in physics from MIT. Before joining UC, he held postdoctoral research appointments with MIT and CERN, and was a faculty member at the University of Alabama.
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Philip James Ilten

Assoc Professor, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Paul Derek Justice

Assistant Professor Educator, Physics

427 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

I am a physics education researcher with broad interests in the field.  My primary expertise is in the development and implementation of evidence-based active engagement materials to improve learning outcomes in quantum mechanics.  This work has produced multiple QuILTs (Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorials) as well as a wide array of structured CQS (Clicker Question Sequences) that span the majority of topics covered in undergraduate quantum mechanics.  These materials are used in quantum mechanics classrooms across the nation and beyond.

I have developed and make use of instructional tools and practices that not only give my students the greatest chance to master physics concepts in the classroom, but also promote that learning with methods that are equitable and inclusive.  This includes my being trained in belonging interventions, participating in departmental efforts as a part of APS-IDEA, and leading departmental workshops on these topics.

My teaching at UC has been recognized by the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Breakfast of Champions on multiple occasions, as well as a nomination for the Mrs. A.B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching.

I earned my PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, where I received the Myron P. Garfunkel Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award and was nominated for the Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award.
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Alex L. Kagan

Professor, Physics

405 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0516

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Kay Kinoshita

Professor, Physics

413 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0536

Experimental Particle Physics: CP violation in B meson system, Symmetries in Heavy Flavor Physics, Bs mesons and Bottomonia; Member of Belle and Belle II experiments.  Physical origins of radiation effects in biology.
Web Page:  http://homepages.uc.edu/~kinoshky/
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Kathleen M Koenig

Professor, Physics

417 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0507

Dr. Kathy Koenig is a Professor in the Physics Department with an Affiliate Appointment in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.  Prior to coming to the University of Cincinnati, she taught high school physics for 6 years at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati, OH.  She later earned her PhD in Physics Education and spent six years as a faculty member in the Department of Physics at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 2011.  

Her research interests include the implementation and evaluation of teaching pedagogies that support student success and retention in introductory college-level STEM courses (primary focus is physics), along with the development and evaluation of curriculum that targets K-16 student scientific reasoning abilities.  Dr. Koenig’s research has attracted over $8 million from NSF and NIH since 2006, and her published research appears in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals including Science and Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research as well as journals for practicing educators such as Journal of College Science Teaching and Science Scope.  She has also received approximately $750,000 to support efforts in K-12 in-service teacher training.  She has presented over 30 invited talks at international and national forums along with over 200 contributed talks and posters at national and international forums. 

She was named an AAPT Fellow in 2021, inducted into UC's Academy of Teaching Fellows in 2016, a 2013 Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Honoree, a two time Darwin T. Turner Breakfast of Champions Awardee (2012, 2015) and has been awarded the 2011 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning as well as the 2009 Presidential Early Career Achievement Award at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.  
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Andrei B. Kogan

Associate Professor, Physics

422 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0639

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Yashar Komijani

Assistant Professor, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0505

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Alexandru Maries

Assistant Professor - Educator, Physics

442 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0547

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Evgeny Mikheev

Asst Professor, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

Personal homepage
Condensed matter experiment: quantum devices with oxide superconductors, nanofabrication, cryogenic experiments.
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Alan J. Schwartz

Professor, Physics

419 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0527

Professor Schwartz studies heavy B and D mesons at the Belle & Belle II experiments running at the KEK laboratory in Japan. He specializes in CP violation, mixing, and other rare phenonema. He was the co-leader of the Heavy Flavor Averaging Group for more than ten years, is a reviewer for the Particle Data Group, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
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Rostislav A. Serota

Associate Professor, Graduate Director, Physics

429 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0538

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Leigh Morris Smith

Professor and Department Head, Physics

424 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0457

personal webpage  Leigh Smith is a condensed matter experimentalist who looks at the electronic, phononic, and spin properties of semiconductors and semimetals.  His most recent work has been on Topological Insulators and Weyl Semimetals.
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Michael D. Sokoloff

Professor, Physics

411 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0533

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Alexandre B. Sousa

Associate Professor, Physics

418 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-9691

Personal Web Page: http://homepages.uc.edu/~sousaae

Alex Sousa is an Associate Professor in the Physics Department with primary research interests on Experimental High-Energy Physics.  Prior to coming to the University of Cincinnati in 2012, he earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University, Medford, MA, under the supervision of Jacob Schneps in 2006. He went on to hold positions as post-doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, working with Alfons Weber, and Research Associate at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, working with Gary Feldman.  His research work focuses in understanding and measuring the properties of neutrinos, being a member of three US-based long-baseline neutrino experiments, NOvA, DUNE, and MINOS+, that have made and will continue to make the most precise measurements of several neutrino oscillation parameters. Furthermore, they will address fundamental questions about neutrinos that have profound implications in our understanding of Universe evolution, such as whether neutrino interactions violate CP conservation, or how is the ordering of the three neutrino masses structured. Alex Sousa’s research has received major funding support through grants from DOE's HEP program and the SciDAC-4 Computational Science program. He is the recipient of a ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2014), and of a UC College of Arts & Sciences Risisng Star award (2017). He has been awarded three Fermilab Intensity Frontier Fellowships (2013-2014, 2018, 2019) supporting neutrino research at Fermilab and more recently the overall coordination of the installation, commissioning, and operations of the NOvA Test Beam detector and beamline.  In teaching, Alex Sousa has championed the use of active learning methods in the Department and served as departmental Teaching & Learning Liaison from 2016 through 2018. He is a 2018 Darwin T. Turner Breakfast of Champions Awardee, and an active member of the Department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 
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Hans-Peter Peter Wagner

Professor, Physics

447 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0540

Website: http://homepages.uc.edu/~wagnerhp/

Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and organic molecular beam deposition (OMBD); Semiconductor nanostructures, organic thin films and metal-organic-semiconductor nanostructures including 2D semiconductors; Exciton transition and coherent relaxation dynamics of exitons in hybrid systems using time resolved spectroscopic techniques.
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L. C. R. Wijewardhana

Professor, Physics

426 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0535

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Jure Zupan

Assoc. Professor, Physics

403 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-5238

Personal webpage here. 

Graduate Students

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Fatimah Mohammed H. Alammurat

Physics

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Fawaz Saer H Albalawi

Physics

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Samia Saleh Alyami

Student Worker, Physics

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Will M. Barrett

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Dickson Baah Boahen

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Jeffrey K Chin

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Christian Andres Coronel

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Gayan De Silva

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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David Francisco Duenas Tonguino

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Aleena Ebey

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Navid Ebrahimi

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Mohamed RAMADAN Elashri

Graduate Assistant, Physics

High Energy Physics Graduate Student
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Saba Faghih

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Hamed Farahani

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Maedeh Farhoush

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Alexander Matthew Gale

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Raven Raven Alexander Gassis

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Paavan Gaur

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Arshia Ghasemi

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Christos Giannakopoulos

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Atlas Guyser

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Navoda Dharuni Jayawardana

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Jacob William Kautz

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Aimen Zafar Khan

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Elina Klysheva

Instructor - Adj Ann, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Ben George Kolengowski

Instructor - Adj Ann, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Matthew Thomas Larson

Graduate Assistant, Physics

305 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Margaret R Lautzenhiser

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Samuel M Linser

Physics

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Jiong Liu

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Aleksandar Ljepoja

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Pratush H Mallik

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Tony David Menzo

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Asif Nawaz

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Gabriel Matthew Nowak

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Haejun Oh

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Sohini Pal

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Cole D Panzer

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Cheryl A Pappenheimer

Student Worker, Physics

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Michael Jacob Peters

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Jake Riley Pfaller

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Sunny Minh Phan

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Rahul Pradeep

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Miriama Rajaoalisoa

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Mohira Nacib Rassel

Physics

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Herilala Razafinime

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Steven Michael Rieck

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Joshua Aaron Roberson

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Asu Maliik Rolland

Physics

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Julian Rovner

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Carlos Eduardo Sarasty Segura

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Siqi Shao

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Souradeep Thakur

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Owen Charles Tyoe

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Vermilion M Villarreal

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Daniil Volkov

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Mitch Thomas Weaver

Physics

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Jack Corbett Welch

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Ahmed Youssef

Graduate Assistant, Physics

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Donald Michael Zito

Graduate Assistant, Physics

Other Faculty

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Iraj Abbasian Shojaei

Instructor - Adjunct, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Davin C Flateau

Instructor - Adjunct Ann, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Amy Negich Girkin

Instructor - Adj Ann, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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John M Rowe

Instructor - Adjunct Ann, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-3600

Post-Doc Fellows/ Research Associates

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Simon Pierre-Henri Akar

Research Associate, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Thomas Julian Boettcher

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Nate Allen Grieser

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

CERN Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Yinghui Guan

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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V Edmund Thomas Hewes

Research Associate, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

630-840-6827

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Sandra Kvedaraite

Physics

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Longke Li

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Aleksandar Ljepoja

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Tom Steudtner

Physics

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Manuel Szewc

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Tarak Nalinkumar Thakore

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Michael Kent Wilkinson

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

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Barbara Susete Yaeggy Alvarez

Post Doc Fellow, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0501

Retired Faculty

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Barbara A Bardes

School of Public and International Affairs

513-556-6458

Barbara Bardes specializes in American government, politics, and public policy analysis. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. While teaching at Loyola University of Chicago, Professor Bardes was a founding member of the committee responsible for developing an academic program in women's studies. With Professor Suzanne Gossett, she developed a team-taught interdisciplinary course examining American women's struggles for political power as debated in nineteenth-century literature; their collaboration resulted in the book, Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in Nineteenth Century American Fiction (1990). She is active in numerous professional associations, including the Women's Caucus for Political Science. While serving as Dean of Raymond Walters College, Professor Bardes continues to engage in research and publication in political science. Areas of current research specialization include public opinion, attitudes toward foreign policy issues, and women in American politics. A new edition of her co-authored text American Government and Politics Today was published in 1997.
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Stephen E Bennett

Emeritus Faculty, School of Public and International Affairs

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Han-Kyo Kim

Emeritus Faculty, School of Public and International Affairs

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James A. Stever

Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

Professor James A. Stever is widely published in professional journals. He is currently developing intergovernmental management models to combat terrorism. Stever is a member of two editorial boards: International Journal of Public Administration, and International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior. In addition to journal articles, he has published four books. These books are: Diversity and Order in State and Local Politics (University of South Carolina Press, 1980); Administering the New Federalism (Westview, 1986); The End of Public Administration, (Transnational Publishers, 1988); The Path to Organizational Skepticism, (Chatelaine Press, 2000). He was awarded the Laverne Burchfield Award for the Best Book Review in Public Administration Review in 1995 and 2002.
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Howard B Tolley

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Adjunct Professor of Law, School of Public and International Affairs

American Arbitration Association, Labor Arbitrator
Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB), Roster of Neutrals, Fact Finder, Conciliator
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Alfred J Tuchfarber

Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

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R. Eric Weise

Emeritus Faculty, School of Public and International Affairs

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Joel D Wolfe

Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

Staff

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Sarah Elizabeth Baker

Mgr College Laboratory, Physics

345 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-2249

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Diane M Bolden

Financial Administrator, Physics

400 Geology-Physics Building

513-558-1747

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Bethany Dawn Egbers

Business Administrator, Physics

400 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-3212

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Jay D Ellington

Computer & Info Analyst 2, Physics

Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0344

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William H. Leach

Technical Professional II, Physics

345 Braunstein Hall

513-556-0660

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John S. Markus

Technical Professional II, Physics

206 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0466

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Dara L Miller

Program Manager, Physics

400 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0511

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Andrew E Volz

Model Maker, Physics

100 Geology-Physics Building

513-556-0447