Tom Herrmann personal
Prof. Tom Herrmann
Enjoying one of the benefits of living in eastern Oregon.
Near the top of the Anthony Lakes ski area; the Baker Valley
is seen in the left background, and beyond that you can see the
Wallowas --- part of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Sorry, this was
taken with a phone cam, so the resolution is not that great.
- tom.herrmann "at" eou.edu (replace "at" by @)
- (541) 962-3315 (office)
- (541) 962-3873 (fax)
- Badgley Hall, Eastern Oregon University,
1 University Blvd, La Grande, OR 97850-2899
- Office: Badgley Hall Room 107D.
My current schedule:
Click here to see this term's schedule.
- General Physics PHYS 201, 202, 203 (for non-physical science majors).
I teach this on-campus as as a Distance Education offering.
- Introduction to Astronomy, SCI 221.
- Physics of Music, PHYS 231, offered alternate years. (Next is Fall 2012.)
- B.A.'s in Physics and Mathematics from EOSC, 1971.
- One-year hiatus for travel. . .
- M.A. in Physics from the University of Oregon, 1974.
- Ph.D in Physics from the University of Oregon, 1978.
- Thesis title: "Bacteriorhodopsin in Thin Lipid Films."
- Postdoc'ed at U of Rochester and U of Maryland School of Medicine.
- At EOU since 1982; currently Professor of Physics.
- Biophysics, specifically membrane phenomena.
- Laser spectroscopy of lanthanide probes for protein metal-binding
- Electronic instrumentation, especially embedded controllers.
- Two ongoing projects:
- Methods for extracting lifetimes from
samples containing more than one emitting species with different
lifetimes, using digital signal processing in the frequency domain.
- Using two tuneable IR diode lasers to excite fluorescence in Europium
and/or Terbium. This is a long shot but may turn out to be more useful
than using the visible excitation wavelengths alone. Victor Bednar is now
working on the temperature controller which will house the diodes.
- Interactive instructional methods for laboratories and lectures.
- Microcomputer-enhanced laboratory instruction.
- Upper-division laboratories. For example, I attended a
NSF-sponsored workshop on advanced physics labs.
- Chemistry professor Dr. Jeff Woodford
(now at Missouri Western State University)
and I have recently completed an introductory quantum theory textbook.
The goal is a textbook suitable for classes which are taken by both physics and
chemistry students. At small institutions like ours, we must combine the physics
and chemistry introductory term of quantum theory. In the second term, physics
has its own course designed mainly for physics majors, though many chemistry
students also take it.
- Distance delivery of physics courses, especially development
of suitable laboratory-type activities.
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Internet sites of interest. . .
- Papers by John Baez.
Dr. Baez is a mathematician who writes some interesting conversational-style
papers on a number of topics, including physics. Serious students of science will find
these rewarding reading. Try, for example, "stars" and "length scales."
- Linux is packaged in many different distributions. I'm using
a popular distro based on
the Debian project's distribution.
- For semiconductor physics information, it's hard to beat this site:
- Here's a reference on a hot topic: quantum dots! Those who have
taken PHYS 322 or equivalent should appreciate how they work.
Links to some other science areas at EOU:
Go to Physics Dept. Home Page.
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Note added Jan. 2006: it looks like this site is no more or has gotten hijacked by
an internet poker site.