R.L. Hawkes, P.Phys., Ph.D., FRAS teaches physics at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. Click on the cv link to the left to get a curriculum vitae in pdf form.
The Mount Allison physics departmental website is here. My current courses (Jan. 2011) are Introductory Physics (PHYS 1051) and Analog Electronics and Signal Processing (PHYS 3321).
My research interests are in solar system astrophysics and physics education. Within astrophysics particular interests include meteor structure, meteor ablation in planetary atmospheres, electro-optical detection techniques, and laser ablation techniques. Mount Allison has a modest dual dome observatory: Mount Allison Gemini Observatory (MAGO). Our research group is SPARC (SPace and Astrophysics Research Consortium).
In physics education I have particular interests in collaborative learning, experiential education, set induction, teaching and technology, early research intensive experiences, and reflective practices such as journal writing. In physics teaching a current interest is in the use of high frame rate video.
Most of my publications are listed automatically through the NASA ADS system here (or through the link on the left).
I also hold an adjunct position at the University of Western Ontario, with the Meteor Physics Group, being mainly involved in electro-optical observations of meteors there.
I belong to the following professional societies and organizations: AAPT, CAP, CASCA, IAU, IMO, MetSoc, RAS, RASC, and STLHE.
I serve on the editorial board of the new open access journal ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics.
I maintain three blogs, one on Physics Education Research, another on science Apps (for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and a third on the Bay of Fundy region. Details are found on the Blogs link to the left.
I also co-own a small home-based business (Chignecto Creative Products) that specializes in landscape, seascape and environmental photography of Atlantic Canada. Chignecto Creative manages two additional websites, one on the Bay of Fundy region (bayfundy.net), and another on rock formations in the bay (therocks.ca).