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Joshua (Josh) M Grossman
Department Chair
242 Schaefer Hall
Organization Description
The Physics Department at St. Mary’s is dedicated to creating an environment for students to learn and grow both as physicists and individuals.
April 27, 2020
Associate Professor of Biology Kevin Emerson has jump-started a campus-wide initiative at St. Mary’s College of Maryland to provide the St. Mary’s County Health Department with essential supplies for medical personnel working the front lines to care for those infected with COVID-19 and to help stem… Find Out More
March 4, 2020
Three St. Mary’s College of Maryland faculty members were recently selected to participate in the U.S. Navy’s Summer Faculty Research Program at the nearby Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Pax River). The awarded fellowships will fund Joshua M. Grossman, professor of physics and physics… Find Out More
January 31, 2020
St. Mary's College alumnus Ethan Elliott, who was a physics major in the class of 2006, received a NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal on October 29, 2019, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  NASA awards the medal for “unusual and significant performance during the first 10 years of an… Find Out More
October 21, 2019
In a special presentation on Friday, October 18, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees recognized the following faculty promotions.


Promotion to Full Professor:


Betül Başaran (religious studies) joined the St. Mary’s College faculty in 2005. She is a scholar of the Ottoman… Find Out More
September 18, 2019
Using drone technology, Luke Quinn ‘20 spent his summer researching a way to more efficiently survey archaeology sites for magnetic anomalies.

Through an internship with the University of Maryland Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site (UMD UAS), Quinn, a St. Mary’s College of Maryland physics major… Find Out More
September 17, 2019
St. Mary’s College’s physics department is featured in an article published by Physics Today. Physics Today, the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics, is the most influential and closely followed physics magazine in the world.


“A Physics Department Fosters an Inclusive… Find Out More
September 4, 2019
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 4:45 p.m. in Goodpaster Hall, room 195, Angela Johnson, professor of educational studies, will present “‘I Can’t Really Think of Anything I Don’t Like:’ Locating and Learning from Universities Where Women of Color are Thriving in Physics.” The event is free of… Find Out More
August 26, 2019
 St. Mary's College of Maryland has joined the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC).  Member institutions are committed to improving the education of future physics teachers.  


According to Angela Johnson, professor of educational studies and director of teacher education, “At St. Mary… Find Out More
August 15, 2019
Jackie Villadsen, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded a $13,000 grant from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).  The funds will provide stipends, conference travel support, and research computing for students participating in research with Villadsen. 


Their research… Find Out More
April 9, 2019
SMCM had a strong showing in the 2019 annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, the preeminent international science education conference.

Angela Johnson, professor of educational studies and director of teacher education, and Liz Mulvey '20 presented a poster… Find Out More