Georgianna L. Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, General Education
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Office: 1188 Fort St Mall, MP 325
Education: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Department of Physics and Astronomy: Ph.D. in Physics (November 2006), MS in Physics; Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL: BS in Physics (May 1998)
Professional Interests:BioPhysics – Using fluorescence to study the aggregation of proteins related to metal deterioration. Studying the local micro chemical environment of proteins for their placement in enzymatic fuel cells. Astrophysics – Ultra High Energy Cosmic ray physics. Looking for the origin of super high energy galactic or extra-galactic particles.
Courses: College Algebra, Pre Calculus, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science, College Physics, and University Physics
Personal Interests: Stand-up paddle boarding, ashtanga yoga, running, travel, single malt scotch, anything dog related, gourmet cooking, and mixed martial arts
My passion for teaching lies in the introductory physics and general education classes. I believe this is where the new generation of scientists will be generated. The importance of introductory classes cannot be undervalued. Not only do they provide the underpinnings needed to succeed in subsequent upper division courses, they also serve to attract incoming students to the field of physics. When asked “why did you get into physics” most of my colleagues will respond with either “I had this great physics teacher in...” or “I took this elective class in college and...” Personally, my high school physics teacher fostered my curiosity for how things worked. A teacher who can communicate not only the material, but his or her excitement is an affective teacher. At HPU, I have had the opportunity to teach largely introductory level courses. These students have been told in some cases that they’re just not cut out for math/science. I do not subscribe to this idea. If you can provide a student with the confidence to attack a problem, their skills will take them the rest of the way. As an educator, I believe the confidence is as important as the tools we provide with the course content.