Faculty and Staff

Dr. Ronald A. Brown - Emeritus

Education:
1964: Ph.D in Physics, Purdue University
1961: M.S. in Physics, Purdue University
1959: B.S. in Physics, Drexel University

Professional Activities and Interests: 

  • Physics and Art
  • History of Physics
  • Native American Science
  • The Physics of Toys
  • Humor in Science
  • Famous Women and Minority Scientists
  • Science Teaching at the Elementary and Middle School Levels
  • Science in Nature
  • Development of Physics Experiments and Demonstrations on Various Levels, Including K-9 and College-Level
  • Physics Curriculum and Laboratory Development for Elementary Education majors
  • Science in Ancient Cultures (with Alok Kumar), Including Multicultural Contributions to Science

Professional Experience:  

  • Fall 1971 - Present: Professor (since 1995), Department of Physics, Oswego State University
  • 1967-1971: Assistant Professor of Physics, Kent State University
  • 1964-1967: Assistant Professor of Metallurgy and Ford Postdoctoral Fellow in Engineering, MIT

Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1974

Membership in Learned Societies:
American Physical Society
American Association of Physics Teachers
National Science Teachers Association

Membership in Honorary Societies:
Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honorary Society)
Sigma Xi (National Science Honorary Society
Phi Kappa Phi (National Honorary Society)

Representative Publications: 

  • Kumar, Alok and Brown, Ronald A., "Teaching Science from a World-Cultural Point of View," Science as Culture, Volume 8, No. 3, September 1999, pp. 357-370.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Trekker offers Santa clones theory," Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, December 24, 1994.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Maximizing the Range of a Projectile," The Physics Teacher 30, September 1992, pp. 344-347.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Humanizing Physics Through Its History," School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), 91(8), December 1991, pp. 357-361.
  • Brown, Ronald A. and Burgess, Gary W., "Spectral Art - Photographing the Spectra of Gases Excited by High Voltage in an Electric Discharge Tube," Leonardo (Journal of the Intl. Soc. of Arts, Sciences and Technology), 23(1), 1990, pp. 139-141.
  • Brown, Ronald A. and Button, Lise, "Women in Science," School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), April, 1980, pp. 206-210.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Newton and the Egg," School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), 77, 1977, pp. 213-214.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Figurative 'Polarized Light Paintings:' Static and Kinetic Types," Leonardo (Journal of the Intl., Soc. of Arts, Sciences and Technology), 10, 1977, pp.213-214, and related photograph facing page 226, centerfold.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Use of term papers/experimental projects in introductory physics courses for non-science majors," American Journal of Physics (AJP), 39, 802 (1971).

Recent Talks/Presentations:

  • Brown, Ronald A., "Famous Women Physicists," Quest '99, SUNY Oswego, April 21, 1999.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Physics Laboratory for Elementary Education Majors," American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Winter Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 3-8, 1998.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "The Native Americans Knew Their Physics," National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 16-19, 1998.
  • Kumar, Alok and Brown, Ronald A., "Teaching Science from a World-Cultural Point of View," a talk given at the Third International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, University of Minnesota, October 29-November 2, 1995, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Brown, Ronald A. and Ranous, Paula, "Using an Electric Circuit Board for Motivating Middle School Students in Science," Quest '95, SUNY Oswego, April 19, 1995.
  • Brown, Ronald A., A New Physics Laboratory for Elementary Education Majors at SUNY Oswego," National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Meeting, March 23-26, 1995, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Brown, Ronald A., invited talk entitled "The Physics of Toys," American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) - Northeast Section, October 14-16, 1994, Penn State Ogontz Campus, Abington, Pennsylvania.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Galileo - Hero of Science," a talk given at the Conference on Freedom of Speech, NYCLU, SUNY Oswego, September 28, 1993.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Off-the-Wall-Physics: Oddball Science Demonstrations," National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Meeting, March 26-29, 1992, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Curve-Fitting of Data from Light Refraction Experiments at the Time of Ptolemy," Quest '93, SUNY Oswego, April 12, 1989.
  • Brown, Ronald A., "Physics Can Be Phun: Unusual Science Demonstrations,"National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Meeting, Seattle, Washington 1989.

'Painting' without brushes