Departmental Research

Acoustics, Signal Processing

  • Stephen Addison
  • Carl Frederickson
  • William Slaton


Astronomy and Cosmology

  • Scott Austin
  • Debra Burris – Dr. Burris, along with research students Jacob Cameron and Alex Jumper, attended the 227th annual American Astronomical Society (AAS) winter meeting in Grapevine, TX in January 2017.  Jumper presented his research on the abundance of heavy elements in halo stars using spectroscopy. He is looking at the abundance ratio of 6 heavy elements.  Cameron is participating in a joint project with the University of Arkansas trying to verify a new way to get the mass of a black hole. Cameron is using the traditional method of spectroscopy and luminosity relations, so U of A can match data obtained using their new method with the data obtained using the traditional method.More info on Dr. Burris’ research is found here:





  • Rahul Mehta
  • Azida Walker


Nuclear Physics

  • Rahul Mehta – Dr. Mehta, along with Dr. Azida Walker presented research at the Radiation Research Society Conference in Waikoloa Village, HI in October of 2016.  Dr. Mehta and Dr. Walker collaborated on “The Use of Neutron Activation Analysis in the Study of the Effects of Radiation at the Cellular and Molecular Level”. Dr. Mehta and Dr. Walker presented an abstract at the conference  on “Effect of space-like radiation and simulated microgravity on mechanical properties of rat bones”. The date for this abstract was gathered in collaboration with students Hayley Heacox and Lawrence Benzmiller as well as colleagues at UAMS. Dr. Mehta presented a third abstract on “Simulated Microgravity Perturbs Cytoskeletal and Cellular Signaling Machinery in Mammalian Cells” that was researched in collaboration with Dr. Brent Hill of UCA and colleagues at UALR.


Physics Education

  • Stephen Addison
  • Debra Burris
  • Nancy Getson
  • Andrew Mason – Dr. Mason attended the Summer AAPT and PERC conference in Sacramento, CA to present on several research projects. Posters highlighting work done with research student Charles Bertram.  “Role of Group Dynamics in Analysis of Attitudes towards Metacognitive Physics Problem Solving.”   and  “Learning Orientations Towards Physics Problem Solving: Additional Potential Variables.” were among the items Dr. Mason shared at the conference.
  • Balraj Menon
  • William Slaton


Theoretical Physics

  • Stephen Addison
  • Balraj Menon