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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Cacey Bester

Assistant Professor of Physics

On leave Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-6825
  2. SCI L40

Research interests: experimental soft condensed matter, granular flow, and sediment transport

Michael Brown

Morris L. Clothier Professor of Physics

Interim Department Chair

Physics and Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8648
  2. Office: SC 119, Lab: SC 116

Research interests: Plasma physics, experiment (SSX), plasma turbulence, magnetic reconnection, solar physics, and fusion.

David Cohen

Professor of Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8587
  2. Office and Lab: SC 124

Research interests: Massive stars, stellar winds, X-ray astrophysics, and exoplanets.

Prof. David Cohen

Eva-Maria S. Collins

Associate Professor

Systems Biology

Affiliated Faculty, Physics & Astronomy

Adjunct Member, CEET Environmental Neuroscience

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-5380
  2. Singer 403

Catherine Crouch

Physics & Astronomy

Professor of Physics — on leave 2022-23

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8386
  2. On leave 2022-23
  3. Research Laboratory: Science Center L04

Research interests: Physics education, protein-cell membrane interactions, and nanoparticle physics

Catherine Crouch

Ben Geller

Assistant Professor of Physics

Coordinator of NSE Educational Support Initiatives

Interim Director, Swarthmore Summer Scholars (S3P) Program

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 957-6287
  2. Science Center L38

Amy Graves

Walter Kemp Professor Emerita in the Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8257
  2. No longer teaching, I have a small research space in SC L42

Research Interests: Computer simulations of soft matter systems.  We study the jamming phase transition between fluid and disordered solid.  We also simulate "active matter",  to understand transport and self-organized behavior in crowds of self-propelled particles. 

Stephen Hackler

Visiting Assistant Professor

Physics/Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 957-6320
  2. SC L39

Jeffrey Hyde

Visiting Assistant Professor

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-3352
  2. Science Center 117

Research Interests: Particle astrophysics & cosmology, neutrino physics

Eric Jensen

Professor of Astronomy

Chair, Division of Natural Sciences & Engineering

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8249
  2. Office: SC 123, Lab: SC 122

Research interests: Extrasolar planets and planet formation, particularly in binary star systems.

Wing-Ho Ko

Visiting Assistant Professor

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8255
  2. Science Center L41

Jesus (Jesse) Rivera

Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 957-6414
  2. Science Center 125

Research interests: radio astronomy, dusty star-forming galaxies, gravitational lensing, galaxy formation and evolution

Jesus (Jesse) Rivera

Hillary Smith

Assistant Professor of Physics

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-5521
  2. Science Center 121

Research Interests: materials physics, energy storage materials, phonon dynamics, scattering

Hilary Smith

Tristan Smith

Associate Professor of Physics

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8259
  2. Office: SC 127A, Lab: SC 127

Research interests: Early universe cosmology; tests of modified theories of gravity; analysis of the cosmic microwave background

Tristan Smith, Professor

Lecturers

Mary Ann Klassen

Senior Laboratory Lecturer

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8384
  2. Science Center L36

Kristen Recine

Laboratory Lecturer

Physics/Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-6886
  2. Science Center L37
Image of Kristen Recine

Staff

Paul Jacobs

Instrument Technician

Physics and Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8248
  2. Science Center
Paul Jacobs

Carolyn Warfel

Administrative Coordinator

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8258
  2. Science Center 131
Carolyn Warfel

Steve Palmer

Machinist

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8251
  2. Science Center L62
Steven Palmer

Emeriti

Peter Collings

Morris L. Clothier Professor of Physics (Emeritus)

Physics & Astronomy

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-7791
  2. Fax: (610) 328-7895
  3. Science Center Office & Lab, SC 118

Research interests: Soft condensed matter, liquid crystals, and molecular assembly.

Frank Moscatelli

Early Retiree - Physics & Astr

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8256

Research interests: Biomedical imaging and spectroscopy; laser physics; atomic cooling and trapping.

Frank Moscatelli