Professor of Physics Donald Spector recently presented one of the featured lectures at the 2012 meeting of the Anacapa Society held at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
Spector’s lecture offered a careful look at what it means for interdisciplinary work to incorporate physics in a substantive way. Following the mission of the Anacapa Society, Spector used his talk to support theoretical physics research at undergraduate institutions and to support the distinctive role that theorists can play in physics and in the broader world.
The conference program also included several more conventional theoretical physics lectures as well as two other featured lectures – one by Professor Suman Seth of Cornell University on the early history of quantum mechanics, and another by Professor Tim Sullivan of Kenyon College on doing physics in Sri Lanka.
The Anacapa Society is the national organization for theoretical and computational physics research based at liberal arts colleges and other primarily undergraduate institutions. Founded in 2007, it has played a valuable role in creating a network of theoretical physicists at primarily undergraduate institutions, and has helped serve as a voice for such institutions at organizations such as the National Science Foundation.
A theoretical physicist, Spector has been awarded numerous individual research grants from the National Science Foundation’s Theoretical Physics division, as well as more than seven awards overall through National Science Foundation programs.
He holds a bachelor’s, a master’s and his doctorate from Harvard University; he joined the faculty in 1989.