Our Faculty - Physics

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Thomas P. Kling

    Thomas P. Kling
    Professor of Physics; Department Chair; Honors Chair; Graduate Program Chair
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 214
    Tel:
    508.531.2895


    Dr. Thomas Kling is a theoretical physicist with interests in gravitational lensing, physics education, and student success in the STEM disciplines.  Dr. Kling completed his undergraduate studies in physics with a minor in philosophy from Loyola University of New Orleans, and received his MS and PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied classical general relativity under Dr. Ezra (Ted) Newman.  Dr. Kling's principle research studies how general relativity predicts light rays will be bent by gravity and the implications of this lensing for what we can learn about the universe.  In 2013, he received 3.5 nights of telescope time at the Mayall 4-m telescope at Kitt Peak to observe star formation in galaxy clusters, a project on which he is collaborating with Dr. Ian Dell'Antonio from Brown University.

    Dr. Kling is principle investigator of the STREAMS grant, a 5-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation held by Bridgewater State University to transform student support and teaching within the College of Science and Mathematics.  His work in promoting student success in science and math has led him to examine student success broadly at Bridgewater as a 2012 faculty fellow in the Office of Teaching and Learning.  He has also served as the coordinator of first year seminars, and he both studies and utilizes how writing pedagogy and inquiry in science classes can improve student success.

    Dr. Kling has been at Bridgewater State University since 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2012.  Tom enjoys working with students on undergraduate research projects related to computational approaches to gravitational lensing.  He regularly teaches introductory, calculus-based physics; first year seminars; and upper level physics classes including computational methods in physics, mathematical methods in physics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and general relativity.

    Degrees

    BS, Loyola University of New Orleans, Physics
    MS, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Physics

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  • Martina Arndt

    Martina Arndt
    Professor of Physics; Economics Department Acting Chair 2018-19
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 212
    Tel:
    508.531.2084

    Dr. Martina Arndt has been at BSU since 2000 and is a solar physicist who has traveled the world observing solar eclipses with her main collaborator, Dr. Shadia Habbal (see link below).  She earned her BA in astronomy from Wellesley College and her MS and PhD in physics at the University of New Hampshire.

    Dr. Arndt teaches both introductory and upper level physics and astronomy classes as well as interdepartmental courses like the Tools of Sports Science with colleagues in the Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies department.  She has earned two presidential awards for her teaching.  She is also a strong supporter and advocate for informal science education; she helped found an astronomy club at her daughter's elementary school and she has been instrumental in expanding the BSU observing facilities and public outreach.

    Dr. Arndt has been Principal Investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  These funds have been used to cover travel to multiple eclipse sites (including Libya, China, Tatakoto, the Marshall Islands, Antigua, and South Africa), graduate and undergraduate course development, and undergraduate research.  Her students have engaged in research projects ranging from solar physics (funded by NSF) to variable stars (funded by the Adrian Tinsley Program) to exoplanets (funded by NASA Space Grants).

    In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Arndt served as department chair for six years and faculty associate in the dean's office for the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics for two years. She is the BSU representative for the Massachusetts NASA Space Grant (see link below).  In fall 2013, she began her three-year term as co-coordinator for the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS).

    Degrees

    BA, Wellesley College Astronomy
    MS, PhD, University of New Hampshire Physics

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  • Edward F. Deveney

    Edward F. Deveney
    Professor of Physics
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 218
    Tel:
    508.531.2080


    Dr. Deveney developed the first physics research lab for undergraduates at Bridgewater State University constructing tunable diode lasers for studying fundamental quantum mechanical phenomena in atomic/molecular and optical (AOM) physics. He is a senior advisor for an NSF-funded research program at Yale probing fundamental atomic/nuclear and particle physics. Prior to coming to Bridgewater Dr. Deveney did post doc work with a 2000 US Fermi award winner at a National Lab including experiments at CERN. He has also been involved in medical physiology research at Tufts Vet School. Dr. Deveney emphasizes student mentoring covering theoretical quantum mechanics, experimental AMO physics, computer simulations and electronics.

    Degrees

    PhD, University of Connecticut in Storrs Atomic and Molecular Physics

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  • Thaya Paramanathan

    Thaya Paramanathan
    Assistant Professor of Physics; Coordinator for the Adrian Tinsley Program
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 227
    Tel:
    508.531.3805

    Dr. Thayaparan Paramanathan (Dr. Thaya) is a biophysicist with interests in applying physics techniques to explore biological systems at single molecule level.

    Education: Dr. Thaya received his PhD in physics from Northeastern University investigating how cancer drugs interact with DNA using optical tweezers under Prof. Mark C. Williams, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and one of the leading researchers in the field of using optical tweezers to study DNA interactions. After graduating from Northeastern, Dr. Thaya did his postdoctoral work at Brandeis University with Prof. Jeff Gelles, who is considered one of the pioneers in single molecule imaging, and Prof. Jane Kondev, who is a world renowned biophysicist. At Brandeis he explored the effect of competitors on dissociation of non-covalently bound biomolecules using TIRF (Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence) Microscopy, another physics technique that is used to observe multiple single molecules at the same time.

    Research: Dr. Thaya has published multiple research articles in leading, high impact journals, which have been sited by scholars from 20 different countries. His recent work titled " A general mechanism for competitor-induced dissociation of molecular complexes" is published in Nature Communications. He is in the process of building a Single Molecule Biophysics Lab at Bridgewater State University where he is planning to involve undergraduates in cutting edge biophysics research in collaboration with Williams Lab at Northeastern University and Gelles Lab at Brandeis University.

    Teaching: Dr. Thaya has over 5 years of full time experience teaching undergraduate physics at University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka and at Assumption College in Worcester, MA prior to joining Bridgewater State University. He currently teaches calculus-based general physics, Optics, Modern Physics and Electronics.

    Degrees

    BSc, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    MS, PhD, Northeastern University

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  • Dale Smith

    Dale Smith
    Assistant Professor of Physics
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 133
    Tel:
    508.531.2962

    Dr. Dale Smith is an Atomic Molecular and Optical (AMO) physicist.  He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in 2018 where his research involved using short-pulse high-intensity lasers to study molecules.  His recent publications with Dr. George Gibson (UCONN) have shown that strong field dissociation of molecular iodine takes place from deeply bound inner electrons.  This conflicts with current molecular theory which requires removal of the outermost (least bound) electron.

    Dr. Smith graduated with a BS in Physics and Mathematics from BSU in 2011.  He has returned to teach introductory algebra-based physics classes as well as upper level physics classes which he took as a BSU physics student.

    Degrees

    BS, Bridgewater State University
    MS, PhD, University of Connecticut

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  • Jeff Williams

    Jeff Williams
    Professor of Physics
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 205
    Tel:
    508.531.2081

    Dr. Jeff Williams enjoys teaching the introductory physics courses and has interest in the fields of energy and physics education. Dr. Williams works with pre- and in-service teachers in improving science teaching at the middle and high school levels. Dr. Williams is principal investigator for the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Program.  The Noyce Program is a 5-year, $1.45 million grant that provides scholarships and support to recruit talented science students to become K-12 teachers in high-need districts.

    Degrees

    PhD, Clark University Solid State Physics

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Staff Profiles

  • Patty Benson

    Patty Benson
    Administrative Assistant I, Physics
    Room 201, Science and Mathematics Center
    Tel:
    508.531.1386

    Patty has spent the past 20 years, trying to keep the physics faculty/staff on course……so far, so good.

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  • Joe Hernandez

    Joe Hernandez
    Staff Associate for Physics
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 276
    Tel:
    508.531.2079


    Joe Hernandez teaches Elements of Physics as well as instructing many of the labs.

    Degrees

    BS, MS, PhD, University at Albany State University of New York 

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  • Jamie Kern

    Jamie Kern
    Staff Assistant, Observatory Manager
    Room 500, Science and Mathematics Center
    Tel:
    508.531.2093


    Jamie Kern has been a part-time faculty with Bridgewater since 2008.  In 2011, she was awarded a Bridgewater State University Presidential Award for Distinguished Adjunct Teaching, the first year this award was given.

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