Research and education quanta of an experimental physicist

3% HUMIDITY IN 3 CUBIC FEET

Apr 22, 2015 learning humidity phys-332

home made acrylic glove box relative humidity in glove box over time

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SPEED OF ELECTRICITY MEASURED IN IDEAFEST

Apr 15, 2015 learning IdeaFest phys-332 oscilloscope coax electronics

speed of electricity measured in IdeaFest

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RADON CONCENTRATION IN YOUR BASEMENT

Apr 02, 2015 living South Dakota radon radiation health phys-332

radon concentration vermillion south dakota basement

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATION

Mar 11, 2015 learning presentation slide speech phys-332

  • be loud, better have soothing voice
  • avoid swaying back and forth too much, or playing with hands
  • dress properly, shave in advance or have attractive beard
  • make frequent eye contact with the audience
  • avoid mentioning too much technical details
  • avoid reading slides
  • don’t put too much stuff in one slide
  • use tables, figures instead of text to illustrate ideas whenever possible
  • keep good pace, don’t be too fast or too slow
  • choose a good theme for slides
  • introduce context
  • organize contents well
  • avoid small text
  • do something different from other presenters
  • be fluent
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REGISTER IN FASTLANE WITHOUT SSN

Feb 19, 2015 research grant NSF

NSF allows one to submit grant proposals through http://grants.gov (new system) or http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov (good old system). One should ask his local Office of Research which one should be used. SSN is needed to register a new account in Fastlane if one wants to do it by himself. It is not always available for a foreigner who just arrives in US. A easy way to do it is to ask the Office of Research to do it for you. The requirement on SSN is bypassed this way. You will be given enough information to login afterward.

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About

Blogs on physics research and educational activities of Jing LIU, an assistant professor in physics at the University of South Dakota. He is an experimental physicist developing novel particle detectors for astroparticle physics and civil use.