Our Team: Physics Experts

Our physics experts have advanced training in the subfields of condensed matter physics, particle physics, and physics education.

Paul Bergeron

Paul Bergeron

Postdoc, MSU

Research and Background

Paul Bergeron is a postdoctoral researcher with the 3DL for US group. He is interested in how students engage in 3DL and what we can do to better engage students with this framework for science thinking and doing. Prior to this, he completed his doctorate at the University of Utah in high energy particle phenomenology. While doing research in particle physics, most of this time was split with teaching, first as an LA during his undergrad and then in graduate school as a lead instructional team TA, adjunct lecturer at a community college, and instructor for a continuing education course in astronomy. His current research is focused on understanding student engagement in the Scientific Practice of Using and Constructing Models and how the members of the STEM Teaching and Learning Fellowship engage with both the 3D-LAP and 3D-LOP.


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Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero

Associate Professor, MSU

Research and Background

Danny Caballero (co-PI) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies how tools affect student learning in physics, and the conditions and environments that support or inhibit this learning. Caballero will be responsible for working with the Physics faculty team on protocol development, coding work, and interpretations of data analyses.


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Rachel Henderson

Rachel Henderson

MSU Physics

Rachel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in physics from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and her Master’s and PhD in physics from West Virginia University. Rachel was a former post-doctoral researcher working with Danny in the Physics Education Research Lab (PERL) before joining the faculty at Michigan State. Her research focuses on developing and implementing inclusive and equitable assessment tools that can be used to improve learning for all students within the physics classroom. Specifically, she’s most interested in developing the next generation of physics assessments, particularly with an eye to equity and inclusion. Her work employs psychometric theory through large datasets and theoretically-grounded measurement models with an aim to ensure inclusive assessment practices within physics education.

J.T. Laverty

J.T. Laverty

Assistant Professor, KSU

Research and Background

James T. (J.T.) Laverty is an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Michigan State University. His research interests include developing and improving assessments in undergraduate physics, investigating scientific practices in undergraduate physics, transforming physics courses to include scientific practices. He serves as the site PI for KSU and will lead the physics contribution to the development of the 3D-LOP, measurements of student learning in physics, and recruit KSU faculty to the learning community.


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Sofia Karampagia

Sofia Karampagia

GVSU Physics

Sofia Karampagia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Grand Valley State University. She received her
Ph.D. in Physics at National Technical University of Athens. Her research focuses on nuclear structure. She will work with
the 3DL4US team to develop assessments and to rethink teaching approaches that promote student learning for introductory
physics courses.

Kirtimaan Mohan

Kirtimaan Mohan

MSU Physics

Kirtimaan Mohan is an Assistant Professor at the Lyman Briggs College and at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. His research focuses on particle physics phenomenology. What is the nature of dark matter? How should we be looking for signs of new physics? What is the nature of the Higgs boson? How can precision calculations in quantum field theory help us answer these questions? These are some of the questions that he engages with. He is also interested in introducing computation in the physics curriculum and making physics courses more interdisciplinary in nature.

Joshua Veazey

Joshua Veazey

GVSU Physics

Josh Veazey is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at Michigan State University. Josh teaches introductory level physics and advanced lab (beyond the first year). He currently serves as the faculty introductory lab coordinator for the physics department at GVSU. Josh’s instructional focus includes data- and inquiry-based activities, as well as alternative forms of grading such as specifications and standards-based grading. He also enjoys involving undergraduates in his research on thin-film multiferroics, and on development of new advanced lab apparatus.

Stuart Tessmer

Stuart Tessmer

Associate Professor, MSU

Research and Background

Stuart Tessmer is the Associate Chairperson for Undergraduate Programs and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interest is the physics of electrons inside nanosystems. As Undergraduate Director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tessmer will work with the Physics faculty team and support efforts to align the work of the research team and the undergraduate instructional program in Physics and Astronomy.


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Lydia Bender

Lydia Bender

Graduate Student, KSU

Research and Background

Lydia Bender is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University and is currently working under the supervision of Dr. James T. Laverty. Her research interests include implementing research-based instructional strategies to address specific learning goals and finding ways to work with faculty to ultimately improve student learning.  


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