Dr. Moser hails from the farmlands of Pennsylvania and earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Connecticut, as well as a Masters in Physics at the University of Delaware. He teaches Introductory Physics for the life sciences and advanced physics courses, including Medical Physics, Revolutions of 20th Century Physics, and Biophysics: Structure and Motion. He strives to connect all physics topics to students’ career interests and he was instrumental in developing UNE’s Biophysics Minor. Dr. Moser’s teaching and research efforts center on the development of new laboratory activities and he enjoys working with research students to develop engaging and stimulating classroom models that connect with other disciplines. He recently completed a sabbatical leave during the 2016-2017 academic year, spending five months at Portland State University in Oregon, filming interviews with medical professionals who utilize physics in their careers and developing curriculum to support the interview footage. He co-advises the Meditation Club (Mellow Meditators) and hopes to host Physics Chats during the semester. When not on campus, Dr. Moser enjoys climbing the mountains of Maine, taking walks on the beach with his wife, playing tennis, and reading spiritually uplifting literature.
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
Lebanon Valley College
Physics Education Research (PER)
Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS)
Dr. Moser's current interest is Physics of the Human Body and Medical Physics, which includes the development of new laboratories, kinesthetic classroom models, and activities that cross disciplinary boundaries. Dr. Moser enjoys working with students on these projects, which has included some of the following: Fall 2016 projects included developing a classroom measurement activity for Brownian motion and new laboratories for stress, strain, and the biomechanics of the body. Summer 2015 projects included the experimental study of a magnetic energy demonstration with applications to chemical kinetics, reconstruction and advanced quantitative measurements for a kinesthetic circulatory system model, and the assembly of advanced laboratory equipment (i.e. the department’s new optical tweezer laser system).
Future work will focus on developing labs and classroom models for a (hoped for) paired offering of PHY 110: General Physics with BIO 245: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology (AP&P). Specific projects might include a model lab for ultrasound technology, the physics of electrophoresis, and the electricity of action potentials. Research students are encouraged to bring their own interests to the lab in order to design experiments and pursue measurements related to their future careers.
Physics Education Research (PER); Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS); Curriculum development for Medical Physics and Physics of the Human Body
E. Whitmore, J. Vesenka, D. Grimm, B. Moser, and R. Lindell, A kinesthetic circulatory system model for teaching fluid dynamics, 2015 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. (submitted)
B. Moser and J. Vesenka, Studio Physics: No Student Left Unnoticed, NEFDC Exchange, Vol. 36 No. 5, Spring 2013.
B. Moser and G. N. Gibson, Ultraslow Dissociation of the H2+ Molecular Ion via Two-color Ultrafast Laser Pulses, Phys. Rev. A, Rapid Comm. 80, 041402(R), 2009.
Other Scholarly Activity
B. Moser, talk: Teach Poiseuille First: Call for a Fluid Dynamics Paradigm Shift, American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Sacramento, CA. July 16-20, 2016.
B. Moser and R. Macey poster: Quantitative Exploration of the Gauss Gun and its Chemistry Connection, American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Sacramento, CA. July 16-20, 2016.
J. Vesenka, B. Moser, K. Hruby, and D. Grimm, poster: Fluid Dynamics Using a Transparent Circulatory System Model, American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Sacramento, CA. July 16-20, 2016.
J. Vesenka, B. Moser, and D. Grimm, poster: Teaching Diffusion Using a Beach Ball, American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Sacramento, CA. July 16-20, 2016.
B. Moser, talk: Making Sense of Y-Intercepts in Introductory Laboratories, American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 3-6, 2015.
E. Whitmore, K. Misaiko, B. Moser, D. Grimm, and J. Vesenka, poster: A Kinesthetic Circulatory System Model for Teaching Fluid Dynamics. Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences Conference, Arlington, VA. March 14-16, 2014.
J. Tenny, B. Moser, P. Bilotta, J. Vesenka, and M. Lawrence, poster: Utilizing the Motion Analysis Lab to Incorporate Biological Applications into Introductory Physics, Gordon Research Conference: The Complex Intersection of Biology and Physics, South Hadley, MA. June 8-13, 2014.
B. Moser and J. Vesenka, 1- hour contributed workshop: Modeling Instruction in Science, New England Faculty Development Consortium Winter Meeting, Worcester, MA. November 15, 2013.
B. Moser, talk: Clickers in Small Classrooms: A Help or Hindrance? American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Portland, OR. July 13-17, 2013.
B. Moser and K. Misaiko, poster: A Nontraditional Modern Physics Class for the Life Sciences, American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Portland, OR. July 13-17, 2013.
B. Moser and J. Vesenka, talk: Progress Implementing Multiple Assessments for Student Placement in Introductory Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting, Jacksonville, FL. Jan. 9-12, 2011.
K. Barker, B. Moser, S. Johnson, D. Burchsted, talk: Course Portfolios: A Tool for Developing Reflective Faculty and Community, New England Faculty Development Consortium Spring Meeting, Westford, MA. May 21, 2010. Interdisciplinary Research
Institute on STEM Education (I-RISE), 2013. Scholars from diverse backgrounds gathered for 2.5 weeks (Aug. 3-21) to observe, document, and reflect on a professional development program in energy education.