Physics and Earth Science Faculty

Vandana Singh

Associate Professor and Chair

Office: Hemenway 346E
Phone Number: 508-626-4763
Email: vsingh@framingham.edu

Education:
PhD Louisiana State University
MSc, BSc University of Delhi, India

Research Interests:
Vandana Singh has a PhD in theoretical particle physics and is interested in everything from quarks to multiverses. Dr. Singh is very interested in how students learn, and has developed several creative approaches to enhance the learning and enjoyment of physics at all levels. She is also the coordinator of Framingham State University's Environmental Forum. Apart from the environment, her other interests include science fiction and world music.

Courses Taught:
PHYS 111 Physics, Nature, and Society
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics
PHYS 212 Principles of Physics II
PHYS 272 Modern Physics

Kristin Chon

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 346F
Phone Number: 508-626-4764
Email: kchon@framingham.edu

Research Interests:
Professor Chon is an astronomer by training, and teaches a wide range of courses, from calculus-based Principles of Physics I to Stars and Galaxies. She is very interested in science literacy and the use of planetariums in informal education, and is an active member of the planetarium community at the national level. Professor Chon's current research is focused on science education, with particular attention to student misconceptions.

Courses Taught:
ASTR 123 Practical Astronomy
ASTR 230 Stars and Galaxies
PHYS 211 Principles of Physics I

Lawrence W. McKenna III

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 346K
Phone Number: 508-626-4741
Email: lmckenna1@framingham.edu

Education:
PhD (1990) Geology and Geochemistry, MIT
BS (1984) Geology, MIT

Research Interests:
Dr. McKenna's current research centers on characterizing rates and causes of ecological change in salt marsh and near shore environments.

Courses Taught:
EASC 131 Conversations with the Earth
GEOL 231 Physical Geography
PHSC 109 Introduction to Physical Science
PHYS 211 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 212 Principles of Physics II