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Marta Dark McNeese, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: mldark@spelman.edu
Office: 404-270-5850
Fax:  404-270-5853
Campus Box 276


Degrees:

Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. in Physics, University of Virginia

Courses Taught:

PHY 101 Introduction to Astronomy
PHY 102 Physics and the Arts
PHY 111/112 General Physics I/II
PHY 261 Optics
PHY 356 Lasers, Optics, and Spectroscopy
PHY 411 Quantum Mechanics

Professional Leadership:

General Councillor, American Physical Society, 2009 - present

Research Interests:

My area of research interest includes laser interactions with biological tissues and electro-optical effects in biomolecules.

Selected Publications

Dark, M.L., Moore, M.H., Shenoy, D.K. and Shashidhar, R. (2006) Rotational Viscosity and Molecular Structure of Nematic Liquid Crystals. Liquid Crystals. 33: 67-73.

Dark, M.L . (2005) Using Science Fiction Movies in Introductory Physics. The Physics Teacher.  43: 463-465.

Dark, M.L., Perelman, L.T., Itzkan, I., Schaffer, J.L., and Feld, M.S. (2000). Physical Properties of Hydrated Tissue Determined by Surface Interferometry of Laser-Induced Thermoelastic Deformation. Physics in Medicine and Biology. 45: 529-539.

Schaffer, J.L., Dark, M., Itzkan, I., Albagli, D., Perelman, L.T., von Rosenberg, C., and Feld, M.S. (1995). Mechanisms of Meniscal Tissue Ablation by Short Pulse Laser Irradiation. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, ;310, 30-36.

Selected Presentations

“Involving Spelman Students in Undergraduate Physics Research,” American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Greensboro, NC, July 2007.

“Characterization of Laser-Induced Thermal Response of Soft Bovine Knee Tissue During Infrared Laser Welding,” Joint meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists, Boston, MA, February 2007.

“Tweaking the General Physics Laboratory for the Pre-Med Student”, Poster presentation. American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Syracuse, NY, July 2006.

A Liquid Crystal Experiment in the Upper-level Undergraduate Laboratory,Joint meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists, San Jose, CA, February 2006.

“A Preliminary Study of Laser Welding of Soft Musculoskeletal Tissue,” Optics in the Southeast, Topical meeting of the Optical Society of America, November 2004.

“Electro-Optic Effects in Liquid Crystals in Advanced Lab,” Physics in the Science Curriculum: From Inquiry to Integration seminar, Faculty Resource Network Summer, New York University, June 2003.