Assistant Professor, Interim Chair
Rae Anderson joined the Physics faculty at USD in 2009. Anderson’s research explores the molecular dynamics and interactions that give rise to the fascinating properties of biological soft materials. Specifically, Anderson uses both optical trapping and fluorescence microscopy to characterize intermolecular forces and molecular motion in complex systems of entangled DNA molecules and cytoskeleton proteins such as actin. Anderson’s research is funded by an Air Force Young Investigator Program Award and an NSF CAREER Award. Anderson was also recently named a Scialog Fellow by Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Michael Anderson has been at USD since 2009; he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor.
Sébastien Cormier has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Physics department since September of 2012. He teaches Introductory Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. His research interests are in the fields of Physics and Astronomy Education Research where he develops curriculum and STEM outreach programs
Office Hours: 2014-2015 On Sabbatical
After completing a thesis in experimental plasma physics in the area of fusion energy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at USD in 1987, becoming a full professor in 1994. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Physics. His teaching ranges from Physics and Society to Quantum Physics, and he created the first advanced upper division laboratory course, Experimental Modern Physics, in the physics curriculum. His research focuses on experimental basic plasma physics and the use of tunable lasers as a diagnostic for ion dynamics.
Daniel Sheehan has been a member of the faculty at USD since 1989 and is Professor of Physics. His research interests include the second law of thermodynamics, retrocausation, nanotechnology, plantary formation, and plasma physics.