Non-Classroom Activities:

 

LON-CAPA:

 

I was part of the team that developed one of the early computer assisted homework systems (CAPA).
The current system LON-CAPA is distributed freely via General Public License (GNU). The
development was partly funded by grants from the A.P. Sloan Foundation and the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation. Below are a few sample publications:

 

Computer-Assisted Assignments in a Large Physics Class
M. Thoennessen and M. J. Harrison,

Computers Educ., 27, 141 (1996)

 

Using Networked Tools to Promote Student Success in Large Classes
E. Kashy, M. Thoennessen, Y. Tsai, N. E. Davis, and S. L. Wolfe,
Journal of Engineering Education 87, 385 (1998)

 

Impact of Asynchronous Learning Networks in Large Lecture Classes
M. Thoennessen, E. Kashy, Y. Tsai, and N. E. Davis,
Jour. Group Decision and Negotiation 8, 371, (1999)

 

Influence of Non-moderated and Moderated Discussion Sites on Student Success
D. Kashy, G. Albertelli, W. Bauer, E. Kashy, and M. Thoennessen,
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 7, 31 (2003)

 

Undergraduate Research:

 

The MoNA (Modular Neutron Array) Collaboration was formed in 2001 to give undergraduate
students from smaller colleges research opportunities at a major research facility. The project was
funded by several grants from the National Science Foundation. Further details about activities,
publications and student participation can be found in the recent White Paper. Currently we are
expanding the capabilities by adding the array LISA (Large Institutional Scintillations Array), also
funded by the National Science Foundation. The activities were covered in Physics Today
(Undergraduates Assemble Neutron Detector, Vol. 58, p. 25, March 2005) and the Chronicle of
Higher Education (Undergraduates as Researchers, Letters, Vol. 53, Issue 33, April 20, 2007).
Education related publications are:

 

Fabrication of a modular neutron array: a collaborative model for undergraduate research
R. H. Howes, T. Baumann, M. Thoennessen, J. Brown, P. A. DeYoung, J. Finck, J. Hinnefeld,
K. W. Kemper, B. Luther, V. Pancella, G. F. Peaslee, W. F. Rogers, and S. Tabor
Am. J. Phys. 73, 122 (2005)

 

Big Physics at Small Places: The Mongol Horde Model of Undergraduate Research
P. J. Voss, J. E. Finck, R. H. Howes, J. Brown, T. Baumann, A. Schiller, M. Thoennessen,
P. A. DeYoung, G. F. Peaslee, J. Hinnefeld, B. Luther, P. V. Pancella, and W. F. Rogers
Journal of College Teaching and Learning 5 No. 2, 37 (2008)

 

Graduate Education:

 

As chair of the AAPT Graduate Education Committee I was a member of the Organizing Committee
for the Conference on "Graduate Education in Physics: Which Way Forward?" which was jointed
organized by the AAPT and the APS and partly funded by the National Science Foundation. The
meeting was held at the American Center for Physics, January 31 - February 2, 2008 and the
final report has been published.

 

Activities for Middle and High School Students:

 

       State event supervisor for Michigan Science Olympiad

       Taught summer classes for Dimensions, A non-residential summer program for high ability
7th and 8th graders

       Lecturer for PAN - The Physics of Atomic Nuclei Program at NSCL, A residential summer
camp for science teachers and high school students

       Coached Kinawa Middle School Science Olympiad team

 

Courses Taught:

 

Semester

Course

Title

Winter 1990

PHY457N

Advanced Lab II -- Nuclear Physics

Spring 1991

PHY299

Introductory Lab III -- Optics

Winter 1991

PHY457N

Advanced Lab II -- Nuclear Physics

Spring 1992

LBS263

Introductory Physics II -- Electricity, Magnetism & Optics

Fall 1992

PHY183 Recitation

Physics for Engineers --Mechanics & Thermodynamics

Spring 1993

LBS267L

Introductory Lab II --Electricity, Magnetism & Optics

Fall 1993

PHY232

Introductory Physics II -- E&M, Optics & Modern Physics

Spring 1994

PHY232

Introductory Physics II -- E&M, Optics & Modern Physics

Spring 1995

PHY231

Introductory Physics I -- Mechanics & Thermodynamics

Fall 1995

PHY232

Introductory Physics II -- E&M, Optics & Modern Physics

Fall 1996

PHY183 ALN

Physics for Engineers I -- Mechanics

Spring 1997

PHY184, 2 lectures

Physics for Engineers II -- Electricity, Magnetism & Optics

Fall 1997

PHY183 ALN

Physics for Engineers I -- Mechanics

Spring 1998

PHY184, 2 lectures

Physics for Engineers II -- Electricity, Magnetism & Optics

Fall 1998

PHY251, PHY252

Introductory Lab I and II --Mechanics, E&M, Optics

Spring 1999

PHY251,PHY252 PHY193H

Introductory Lab I and II --Mechanics, E&M, Optics
Honors Mechanics

Spring 2000

PHY193H

Honors Mechanics

Fall 2000

PHY294H

Honors Electricity & Magnetism

Spring 2001

PHY193H

Honors Mechanics

Spring 2002

PHY184

Physics for Engineers II -- Electricity, Magnetism & Optics

Spring 2003

PHY184

Physics for Engineers II -- Electricity, Magnetism & Optics

Spring 2004

PHY193H

Honors Mechanics

Spring 2006

PRO101

Freshman Seminar

Fall 2008

PHY294H

Honors Electricity & Magnetism

Fall 2009

PHY294H

Honors Electricity & Magnetism

Spring 2010

PHY205/305/405

Directed Studies

Fall 2010

PHY294H

Honors Electricity & Magnetism