Cindy Schwarz

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

schwarz@vassar.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Yale University, Experimental Particle Physics (1985)

    M. Phil, Yale University, Physics (May, 1983)

    B.S., S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton, Mathematical Physics (1980)

    Foundation Award for Academic Excellence, Harpur College (1980)

    George E. Moore Award for Excellence in Physics (1980)

    Phi Beta Kappa (1979)

    Sigma Pi Sigma (1979)

  • Employment (since 1985)

  • Associate Professor (1992) and Chair of Physics and Astronomy, Vassar College (1998 - present)

    Consultant/Curriculum Developer LOGAL Educational Software (July 97- Dec. 97 sabbatical)

    Academic Advisor to the Class of 1996 (1993 - 1996)

    Assistant Professor of Physics, Vassar College (1985 - 1992)

    Sabbatical leave at Brookhaven National Lab (1990 - 1991)

    Consultant IBM Corporation National Engineering and Scientific

    Support Center-Dallas (October 1989 - July 1990)

    Consultant IBM Corporation - Kingston (summer 1989)

    Guest Researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory (summer 1986)

  • Publications

    CD-ROM

    Cindy Schwarz, Interactive Journey through Physics, LOGAL/Prentice Hall, 1997

    Books

  • Cindy Schwarz and Robin Trainor, Just Enough Physics &emdash; currently under contract with Allyn and Bacon , expected publication date fall 2001 (physics for elementary school teachers)

    Cindy Schwarz, Interactive Physics Player Workbook, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall, 2001 - due out in January 2001

    Cindy Schwarz, A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo - A Guide to Particle Physics, Second Edition, Springer-Verlag, 1996

    Cindy Schwarz, Interactive Physics Player Workbook, Prentice Hall, 1995

  • Series Editor-Contributor

    Encarta 2000, Microsoft &emdash; Wrote 21 articles on particle physics topics

    Scholars Way of Thinking and Writing (http://ww.wfu.edu/~pfeifedj/studentadvantage)

    Articles

  • Cindy Schwarz, Vignette 15, "Interactive Physics", Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America’s Most Wired Campuses, David G. Brown, Editor, Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 2000

    "Living in a Virtual World", The Physics Teacher, Vol. 35, September 1997

    "The Not-So-Simple Pendulum," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 33, No. 4, April 1995, 225-228

    "Visualizing Motion in the Physics Classroom," Educators Tech Exchange Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 1993

  • Conferences, Papers, Lectures, Panels, Workshops (selected)

  • August 2000 - AAPT Summer Meeting - Invited paper presented "Combining Digital Video and Simualtions".workshop given on Using Computer-based Technology in Teaching Physics,

    January 2000 - AAPT Winter Meeting - Workshop given on Using Interactive Physics

    August 1999 - AAPT Summer Meeting - Workshop given on Beginning Interactive Physics, Paper presented on "Electronic Microcomputer-based Labs"

    March 1999 &emdash; paper presented on Effective Uses of Simulations in Physics Teaching, APS

    June 1998 - Invited NSF-sponsored Workshop Leader &emdash; Joliet Junior College - Introductory Physics III &emdash; Waves

    June 1998 - Invited Workshop Leader - The Thacher School, Ojai CA - Weeklong workshop on Using Technology in Teaching

    April 1998 - Invited NSF-sponsored Workshop Leader &emdash; Jamestown Community College - Physics Simulations

    January 1998 - Invited Paper at AAPT Winter Meeting Session on Computer Algebra and Modeling in Undergraduate Physics Education - Interactive Journey through Physics and its Explorer Heart

    January 1998 - Invited Paper at AAPT Winter Meeting Session on Self Publishing CD’s Our Journey : One CD-ROM Development Story

    January 1998 - AAPT Winter Meeting - Two Workshops given on Beginning and

    Advanced Interactive Physics

    April 1997 - Invited to Hotchkiss School - Presentation on Using Simulations Effectively in Teaching Science and What’s Up in High Energy Physics?

    March 1997 - Invited NSF-sponsored Workshop Leader - Bainbridge College - Physics Simulations

    January 1997 - AAPT national meeting - Phoenix, AZ - Workshop given on Beginning and Advanced Interactive Physics. Workshop given on Using Multimedia Resources in Teaching Introductory Physics

    August 1996 - AAPT national meeting - College Park Maryland - Workshop given on Using Interactive Physics in Teaching.

    June 1996 - Invited Workshop Leader - The Thacher School, Ojai CA - Weeklong workshop on Using Technology in Teaching

    April 1996 - Invited NSF-sponsored Workshop Leader - Lee College - Physics Simulations

    October 1995 - Invited NSF-sponsored Workshop Leader - Joliet Junior College - Physics Simulations

  • Grants, Awards, Honors

  • 2000 Apple Distinguished Educator

    Listed in American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who of American Women

    American Library Association Award - "Outstanding Academic Book" for A Tour of the Subatomic Zoo - A Guide to Particle Physics, also an AIP bestseller

    Principal Investigator - NSF ILI Grant "A Microcomputer Based Introductory Physics Laboratory" Grant No. USE-9151230, 1991 ($25, 746)

    Sigma Xi (1989)

  • Professional Committees (selected)

  • APS Forum on Physics and Society Executive Committee (1991 - 1993)

    AAPT Committee on Instructional Media (1999 - 2002)

    AAPT Committee on Computers in Physics (1999 - 2002)

    APS Broadcast Journalism Award Committee Chair (1999)

    Springer-Verlag Editorial Board for book series "Contemporary Physics ( 1998 - )

    APS Broadcast Journalism Award Committee (1998)

    AAPT Committee on Computers in Physics (1998 - 1999)