Trained formally as an atomic physicist specializing in relativistic, "many-body" perturbation theory and computation, students often ask why I teach computer science and mathematics rather than physics. Ultimately, the answer lies in my not being able to solve the simplest many-body problem of all, namely the two-body problem. These "two bodies", namely Dr. Ranjini Thaver (in the Economics Department) and myself, were at two different institutions, Dr. Thaver here at Stetson and me at Auburn University. As the job market dictated, "never the two shall meet" seemed inevitable short of a career shift somewhere. It appeared that the best solution to this problems was for MY body to come to Stetson and form a TWO-body solution with Dr. Thaver, one that has remained solved ever since.
Aside from academic work, I have worked with a couple of elementary and middle schools to help improve their science and mathematics programs. At different times, I worked with teachers in the Montessori school in DeLand, Woodward Elementary School, and Southwestern Middle School. In 2005, I received the VIPS Volunteer of the Year Award for work I did assisting Joel Manning with the MathCounts afterschool program at Southwestern Middle School. The team finished 3rd in Volusia County that year.