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11-04-2016

Michael Ramsdell Promoted to Associate Professor of Physics at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Michael Ramsdell has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of physics in the School of Arts & Sciences. Ramsdell is also the director of first-year physics.

Michael RamsdellRamsdell joined Clarkson’s Department of Physics as a faculty member after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Clarkson in 2004.

His research in physics education focuses on investigating the methods used in teaching physics and ways to improve those strategies. He has worked on the design, development, and assessment of research experiences in the laboratory, interactive lecture strategies, STEM outreach programs, and effective retention strategies.

He is active in the scientific community -- coauthoring nine peer-reviewed journal articles and giving more than 25 talks at national and international conferences. He is the research director for the McNair and CUPO undergraduate summer research program, and serves on Clarkson’s first year council and retention committees.

He teaches large sections of the physics sequence and has developed the Team Design Physics labs, which provide simulated research experiences for students in their first year at college. For his commitment to education, he has received Clarkson’s Outstanding New Teacher Award and has been inducted into Clarkson's Phalanx honorary leadership society.

Ramsdell has been involved in grants from the National Science Foundation, New York State Education Department, and private foundations that have brought well over $3 million to the North Country. He was inducted into Clarkson's Million Dollar Club for the significant amounts of external funding that their investigations and research activities have garnered.

He is the coordinator of the Adirondack Regional Science Olympiad, as well as an organizer of Clarkson's annual Pi Day celebration, which hosts hundreds of local middle- and high school students each year. He is also the co-director of Clarkson's New York State Education IMPETUS for Career Success program, which includes a mathematics-physics roller coaster summer camp for local middle- and high school students.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/mramsdell.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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