Dr. Frederick J. Thomas

Professor, Physics Department
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
Voice phone: 937-512-2886
Fax:                937-512-2688
Email: fred.thomas@sinclair.edu

Education

Ph.D. in Science Education from Indiana University with a minor in Comparative and International Education, 1976.

M.S. in Foundations of Education from Purdue University, 1972.

B.S. in Physics from Michigan State University, 1967 (National Merit Scholar, graduated with "high honor").

Additional graduate work in Physics and Meteorology at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1967-68) and in Physics and Chemistry at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1981-83)

Experience

2002 -         Co-Principle Investigator, “Connecting Math, Science and Technology” (NSF ATE Grant DUE-0202202).  This $400,000 grant is aimed helping math and science teachers at the secondary and college levels incorporate hands-on activities that use graphing calculators in authentic, career-related learning tasks. The project includes providing four 2-week summer workshops for teachers.

1995 - 99    Co-Principle Investigator, National Center of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing Education (NSF ATE Grant DUE-9454571).  This $5,000,000 grant was aimed at producing nation-wide change in the ways that manufacturing technicians are educated, particularly by better aligning science and math education with the needs of modern industry.

1983 -       Physics and Astronomy faculty member at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, USA.  (Associate Professor 1983-1988; Professor since 1988; Chairman of Physics Dept. from 1989 to 1995)

1979 - 83    Assistant Professor in Secondary Science Education and Environmental Education at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

1978 - 79    Assistant Professor in Physics at Shawnee State Community College, Portsmouth, Ohio.

1976 - 78    Lecturer in Physical Science and Science Education at Riverina College of Advanced Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.

1972 - 73    Math and science teacher at St. Johnsbury Junior High School, St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

1969 - 71    Physics and physical science teacher at SDA Secondary School, Bekwai, Ashanti, Ghana.

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Connecting Math, Science and Technology,” poster presentation with Robert Chaney, National Science Foundation’s ATE PI Meeting, Washington, DC, Oct. 24, 2003.

“Schmidt Crater: Using Site-Specific Data from Mars,” National Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Madison, Wisconsin, Aug. 6, 2003.

“Turn Your Calculator into a Real Function Machine,” T3 Regional Conference, Adrian, Michigan, May 10, 2003.

“Internationalizing Astronomy,” 10th Annual Conference of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education, Lorain County Community College, Ohio, April 5, 2003.

“Using the CBL's Digital Output to Make Things Happen in Algebra I & II,“ (with Robert Chaney and Lashonda Bass), 15th International T3 Conference, Nashville. Tennessee, March 8, 2003.

“Turn Your Calculator into a REAL Function Machine,” (with Robert Chaney and Lashonda Bass), 15th International T3 Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, March 7, 2003.

"Community College Programs for K-12 Teachers" (Co-presented with Jerry Sarquis, Miami University), Ohio Project to Enhance Undergraduate Science Education, Columbus, Nov. 14-15, 2002.

“Connecting Mathematics, Science and Technology,” poster presentation with Robert Chaney, AACC/NSF National ATE Principal Investigators Conference, Washington, DC, Oct. 24-26, 2002

"Schmidt Crater: Making Data from the Mars Global Surveyor Accessible to Introductory Astronomy Students," poster presentation at the NASA-OSS Education and Outreach Conference, Chicago, June 12-14, 2002.

“Using the CBL 2 to Control a Toy Car” (Co-presented with Robert Chaney), T3 Regional Conference and OhioMATYC / OCTM / MAA (Ohio Section) Winter Institute, Columbus, Feb. 15, 2002.

"Schmidt Crater: Using Data from the Mars Global Surveyor," (Joint Fall Meeting of the Ohio Section / American Physical Society and the Southern Ohio Section / American Association of Physics Teachers (SOS/AAPT), Columbus, Oct. 20, 2001.

"Land Use Planning on Mars: Linking Math, Astronomy and Social Science," (Co-authored with Kay Cornelius, SCC Math Department, and Brian Thomas, Michigan State University Sociology Department), American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Annual Conference, Toronto, Nov. 16, 2001.

"Digital Doers: The Flip Side of MBL and CBL Activities," (Co-presented with Robert Chaney, SCC Math Department, and Tim O'Donnell, Celina High School), 3-hour short course, National Science Teachers Association Midwestern Area Convention, Columbus, Nov. 9, 2001.

"The Math-Science-Technology Center at Sinclair Community College," Invited presentation within a session on "Directions for Interdisciplinary Studies," American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) National Meeting, Rochester, NY, July 24, 2001.

"From Data to Action with the LabPro," half-day workshop sponsored by the Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) National Meeting, Rochester, NY, July 21, 2001.

"Digital Doers: Fun Activities that Make Things Happen," (Co-presented with Robert Chaney, SCC Math Department), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, St. Louis, March 24, 2001.

"Use Your Calculator to Put Math and Science into Action," (Co-presented with Robert Chaney, SCC Math Department), Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) International Conference, Columbus, March 17, 2001, repeated on March 18, 2001.

"Using a Calculator-Based Robot to Help Teach Algebra," (Co-presented with Robert Chaney, SCC Math Department), Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) International Conference, Columbus, March 17, 2001, repeated on March 18, 2001.

"Digital Doers: The Flip Side of MBL and CBL Activities," Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 1, 2000.

"Using Mathematics in Calculator-Based Feedback and Control Systems," (with Robert Chaney), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, Pittsburgh, Oct. 13, 1999.

"Calculator-Based Control Systems: Linking Mathematics and Physics to Real-World Applications," IT Educational Exhibition '98, Hong Kong, China, Dec. 19, 1998.

Full-day, hands-on workshop "Calculator-Based Control Systems" for 25 faculty of East China Normal University and Yu Cai Demonstration School, Shanghai, China, Dec. 16, 1998.

Half-day, hands-on workshop on "Calculator-Based Control Systems" for 20 faculty of the Education Institute and Beijing No. 92 Middle School, Beijing, China, Dec. 14, 1998.

"The Role of Physics in Transforming Technical Programs." Invited paper at the Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Denver, Aug. 14, 1997.

“Connecting Inquiry-Based Science Instruction with Technical Careers.” (co-presented with Diana M. Hunn and Bonnie L. Coe), National Science Teachers Association National Convention, March 31, 1996.

"NSF’s Advanced Technology Education Program: A Catalyst for Systemic Changes in Science and Technology Education."  (co-presented with Donna Chadwick and James Houdeshell), Spring Conference of the North Central Section of the American Society for Engineering Education Columbus, Ohio, April 21, 1995.

“Background Paper on Computers in Physics Education in the U.S.”  Prepared for the U.S.-Japan-China Conference on Physics Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 22-27, 1989.

“Computers in Introductory Physics Labs.”  Inter-American Conference on Physics Education, Oaxtepec, Mexico, July 20-24, 1987.

"Calculus, Computers and the Teaching of Physics."  Winner of a 1984 Gustav Ohaus-National Science Teachers Association award for innovation in college science teaching

"TI 99/4A Microcomputers As Science Laboratory Instruments."  Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Vol. 3, no. 1 (Fall 1983), pp. 25-28.

Towards Scientific Literacy (co-authored with Allan Kondo), International Institute for Adult Literacy Methods & Hulton Educational Publications, 1978.

“Piaget & Lamarck,” Science Education, Vol. 60, (July-September 1977), pp. 279-286.  (Condensed in Education Digest, Vol. 63, no. 3 (November 1977), pp. 47-49.)