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About Me

Current:

This is my 2nd year teaching at University Preparatory School in Redding, California.  I am teaching AP Calculus, AP Physics, and Geometry.  I just moved back to the Redding area last year.  I've been married for 4 years now to my wonderful wife Liz.  I also have a 4 year old basset hound mix named Elvis.

History:

I grew up in Oak Run, California and went to Foothill High School when it was in the same building as U-Prep  is currently.  I didn't know where I wanted to go to college so I ended up taking classes at Shasta College for 3 years.  I went in thinking that I was going to go into an engineering field but had a fantastic Physics teacher, Mr. Polen, who inspired me to go into Physics.  After Shasta College, I went to California State University Chico, where I double majored in Physics and Applied Mathematics.  There I joined SPS, a club for Phyiscs Students and decided to pursue a graduate degree in Physics.  I went to the University of Maryland College Park where I was a graduate student for 3 and a half years before getting my Master of Science in Physics.  While at UMD, I taught discussion and laboratory physics sections and really began to get interested in teaching.  After getting my MS degree, I taught 8th grade Mathematics for 6 months and High School Geometry, PreCalculus and AP Calculus for a year in in Baltimore, Maryland before getting hired by University Preparatory School.

Research:

When I was a graduate student at the University of Maryland, I was a member of the UMD Chaos Group which is one of the most highly regarded groups of scientists and mathematicians working in the areas of non-linear dynamics and chaos.  I worked as a graduate research assistant for 2 and a half years for Dr. Wolfgang Losert, whose research interests include granular materials and biophysics.  My research was in the area of cellular motility which is the motion of cells.  Specifically, I used many tools including Holographic Laser Tweezers to stretch and prod cellular membranes and lipid vesicles in order to better determine their mechanical properties.  Some of the research was published in chapter 26 titled "Laser Tweezer Deformation of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles" in the bookMethods in Membrane Lipids. Get yours today, they are going fast!  Ok.  Well.  At some point they might even sell enough of them that I get paid.  Currently it ranks as the 499,425th best seller at barnesandnoble.com  and 1,390,197 at amazon.com :)  The research is still ongoing by other members of the Losert Lab.

Hobbies and Interests:

Some of my hobbies and interests include: woodworking, snowboarding, reading, playing video and computer games, watching basketball, and creating things out of paper (origami etc.)