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Dr. Eric Martell

Dr. Eric Martell

Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Email: emartell@millikin.edu
Phone: 217.424.3582
Fax: 217.362.6408

Eric Martell has been Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois since 2004. Prior to that, he taught physics to students across the country for five years, literally from coast to coast, as well as points in between. In 1999, Eric received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his graduate research was in the field of theoretical particle physics, specifically studying quarkonium, the QCD potential, bound states formed by hypothetical particles called leptoquarks and leptogluons, and a new form of quantum statistics which interpolated between Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics.

Since then, Eric has been studying phenomena which are a little more down to earth. His current project is in the Physics of Theatre, involving both experimental projects and pedagogical research. He presented a talk entitled "Teaching Introductory Physics to Technical Theatre Students and Professionals" at the 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting in Anchorage, AK (Eric likes cold weather), and has presented multiple sessions on the Physics of Theatre at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference and Stage Expo with his research partner, Verda Beth Martell (who also happens to be his wife). They were married in December 2004 at Wrigley Field.

Dr. Casey Watson

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Email: crwatson@millikin.edu
Phone: 217.424.6271
Fax: 217.362.6408

Casey completed his PhD and a brief postdoctoral appointment at The Ohio State University in 2006, and joined the faculty at Millikin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the fall of the same year. Casey enjoys working on many aspects of cosmology and astrophysics including the multiwavelength (optical, IR, X-ray) evolution of galaxies, AGN and the Star Formation Rate, dark matter, dark energy, gravitational lensing, and stellar evolution. He also enjoys teaching a wide variety of physics and astronomy courses.

 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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