Skip to main content


Tag Archives: Physics

Heather Bell, radiation health physics student, sits outdoors on the OSU Corvallis campus.

Radiation health physics student represents U.S. nuclear policy overseas

It’s difficult to give people all the right answers. But she’s willing to try. Heather Bell’s decision to return to school doesn’t only serve her own best interests by providing a new scientific skill set to advance her career – her expanding expertise will also answer important questions about global nuclear policy and protection.

Oregon State physics instructor K.C. Walsh writes on a lightboard.

The future of education is wide open

K.C. Walsh, a senior instructor of physics at Oregon State University, long ago realized how burdensome the financial situation is for students. In sports terms, the textbook publishing companies are winning, and it’s a blowout. Financially, the students continually come up short. That’s why Walsh decided to change the game by embracing the open educational resource (OER) movement and giving his students access to no-cost and low-cost course materials.

Behind the scenes with Kathy Hadley, astronomy and physics instructor

A professor of astronomy and physics is focused heavily on the happenings of our solar system and beyond, but Kathy Hadley is just as interested in what’s happening on our planet. Namely, she has a long-held passion for teaching students no matter where they are, geographically and scholastically. Her work as an instructor in Oregon State’s Department of Physics is one element of proof.

OSU Ecampus graduate Colby Mangini

Coast to coast

There are a million reasons to not do something. Take college, for example: It’s an arduous process. It’s time-consuming. It challenges you daily. It also requires a financial investment. U.S. Navy veteran Colby Mangini saw things differently. When he enrolled in Oregon State University’s online graduate program in radiation health physics in 2006, he saw green lights everywhere telling him to go for it.

The right decision

“The online classes at Oregon State were so different. I felt completely engaged in the courses through the discussion boards, constant interaction with other students, and feedback from the professors. The recorded lectures allowed me to feel like I was in class alongside my classmates. I was really able to get to know my professors and felt very connected to the material.”