Dr. Alan J Scott

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Chemistry and Physics Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management

Office: 126B Jarvis Hall-Science Wing
Phone: 715-232-2401
Email: scotta@uwstout.edu

Teaching Interests: Physics, Physics Laboratory, Astronomy, Geology, Soil Mechanics, Statics, Statics and Strength of Materials, Applied Engineering Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Cultural Physical Science, Applied Science Profession I.

Research Interests: Science Education, Physics Education, Physics Computer Simulations, Engineering Education, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Science and Public Policy, Pseudoscience and Unusual Claims.

Education

    • Ph D Experimental Nuclear Physics
      Kent State University
      Kent, OH, 1995
    • MS Physics
      Kent State University
      Kent, OH, 1990
    • BS Physics Education
      Bowling Green State University
      Bowling Green, OH, 1987

Licensures and Certifications

  • Certified to Teach Physics and Math at the High School Level:

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Physics
        Professor
        1996 -
      • University of Wiscosnin-Stout, Physics
        Department Chair
        2014 - 2015
      • College of Wooster
        Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
        1995 - 1996
      • Kent State University
        Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant
        1991 - 1995

    Academic - P-12

      • Wood County Local School Districts
        Substitute Teacher
        1987

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Scott, A. J. (2014). Blown Away. The Physics Teacher.
    • Scott, A. J. (2013). Busting Bolts. Physics Education .
    • Scott, A. J. Civic Engagement and Science Education. International Journal of Polytechnic Studies, 1(1).
    • Scott, A. J. (2010). Daddy’s Stories About Rocket Ships, Dinosaurs, Trains and more. Lulu.com.
    • Scott, A. J. (2010). Blind-Sided by a Culture of Disinformation. Skeptical Inquirer.
    • Scott, A. J. (2009). Gulf War Illness, Real or Myth, Letter-to-the-Editor. Skeptic, 1(1).
    • Scott, A. J. Sputnik – 50 Years Later. Physics and Society newsletter.
    • Scott, A. J. (2007). Danger! Scientific Inquiry Hazard. Skeptical Inquirer.
    • Scott, A. J. (2005). Sand Diver. The Physics Teacher.
    • Scott, A. J. 3D Spreadsheet Simulation of a Modern Particle Detector. Physics Education .
    • Scott, A. J. (2003). Sniffer Plane Secrets and Political Courage. Forum on Physics and Society.
    • Scott, A. J. The Neurobiological Connection of Physics Education Research. American Journal of Physics.
    • Scott, A. J. The Neurobiological Connection of Physics Education Research. Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
    • Scott, A. J., Barnhart, C., Parejko, K., Schultz, F., & Schultz, S. Skeptical Science: Teaching Students To Think Critically About Unusual Claims. The Science Teacher.
    • Scott, A. J. (2000). Geology on the Web and In the Classroom: Designing a Curriculum For Non-Science Students. Teaching with Technology Today (TTT).
    • Scott, A. J. (2000). Physics of Dirt: An Introduction to Soil Mechanics. Physics Education .
    • Scott, A. J. Science Curriculum Goals at Odds With Academia Supported Pseudoscience, Forum on Education. APS Newsletter.
    • Justice, M., Albergo, S., Bieser, F., Brady, F. P., Caccia, Z., Cebra, D. A., Chacon, A. D., Chance, J. L., Choi, Y., Costa, S., Elliot, J. B., Gilkes, M. L., Hauger, J. A., Hirsch, A. S., Hjort, E. L., Insolio, A., Keane, D., Kintner, J. C., Lisa, M. A., Liu, H., Matis, H. S., McGrath, R., McMahan, M., McParland, C., Olson, D. L., Partlan, M. D., Porile, N. T., Potenza, R., Rai, g., Rasmussen, J. O., Rasmussen, H. G., Romanski, J., Romero, J. L., Russo, G. V., Scharenberg, R. P., Scott, A. J., Shao, Y., Srivastava, B. K., Symons, T. J., Tincknell, M., Tuve', C., Wang, S., Warren, P. G., Weerasundara, D., Wieman, H. H., Wienold, T., & Wolf, K. Hyperons in 2 A GeV Ni + Cu collisions (EOS Collaboration. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal , 400, 12-19.
    • Scott, A. J., Salt, B., & Parejko, K. (1998). A Public Debate On Science, Pseudoscience, and Spiritualism From The Perspective of a Physicist, Sociologist, and Biologist. Physics and Society.
    • Kintner, J. C., & Scott, A. J. Pion Flow and Antiflow in 1.15A GeV Au + Au. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Scott, A. J., & Hjort, E. L. Resonance Production in 58Ni + Cu Collisions at E = 1.97 A GeV. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal , 79.
    • Chance, J., & Scott, A. J. The Energy Dependence of Flow in Ni Induced Collisions from 400A to 1970A MeV. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Hauger, J. A., & Scott, A. J. Dynamics of the Multifragmentation of 1A GeV Gold on Carbon. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Wang, S., & Scott, A. J. In-plane Retardation of Collective Expansion in Au + Au Collisions. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Partlan, M. D., & Scott, A. J. Fragment Flow in Au + Au Collisions. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Wang, & Scott, A. J. Light Fragment Production and Power Law Behavior in Au + Au Collisions. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Lisa, M. A., & Scott, A. J. Radial Flow in Au + Au Collisions at E = 0.25 - 1.15 A GeV. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .
    • Scott, A. J., & Gilkes, M. L. The Determination of Nuclear Matter Critical Exponents from the Multifragmentation of Gold Nuclei. Nuclear Physics Refereed Journal .

    Manual

    • Scott, A. J. (2006). Physical Science Textbook and Solution Manual Addicted to Placebos: Understanding Science and Society. .

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Scott, A. J. (June, 2014). Utilizing Errors (i.e. Mistakes), . WAPT Conference, Yakima, WA.
    • Scott, A. J. (June, 2013). Bending and Busting. WAPT Conference, Yakima, WA.
    • Scott, A. J. (June, 2012). WAPT Conference. WAPT Conference, Yakima, WA.
    • Scott, A. J. (June 9, 2011). Civic Engagement and Science Education. National Polytechnic Conference, Marietta, GA.
    • Scott, A. J. (2010). Video Projects in the Classroom. Professional Development Week ,
    • Scott, A. J. (October 9, 2010). Busting Bolts. WAPT Conference, Yakima, WA.
    • Scott, A. J. (September 15, 2009). Cars on Mars. University Honors Program presentation,
    • Scott, A. J. (November 28, 2006). Addicted to Placebos. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J. (November 3, 2006). A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Honor’s Program Presentation,
    • Scott, A. J. (2005). Gravity Surveys in Geophysics. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J. (January 12, 2005). Celebrating Interplanetary Space Exploration. , Menomonie, WI.
    • Scott, A. J. (2004). A Perilous Ride With Archimedes and Newton. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J. (March 18, 2004). Newman Club discussion of Science and Religion. ,
    • Scott, A. J. (2003). 3-D Spreadsheet Simulation of a Modern Particle Detector. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J. (2003). The Risks of Not Providing Students with Risk Analysis Skills. WSST, WI.
    • Scott, A. J. (October 9, 2003). Volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range in the Pacific Northwest. Public Presentation, UW-Stout ,
    • Scott, A. J. (February 21, 2003). Ethics and Marketing Placebos. UW-Stout Ethics Seminar, Menomonie, WI.
    • Scott, A. J. (2002). Using Unusual Claims in the Physics Classroom. AAPT Conference, Boise, ID.
    • Scott, A. J. (2002). Consumer Protection Physics. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J. (2002). Using Unusual Claims To Teach Science. WSST Convention,
    • Scott, A. J. (April 21, 2002). Presentation on PK-16 Collaborations. UW-Stout Professional Development Session,
    • Scott, A. J. (2001). Stout Science Program For Educators. UW-Stout Research Day ,
    • Scott, A. J. (2001). Sand Diver. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J., & Barnhart, C. (October 26, 2001). Using Science to Evaluate Unusual Claims. WEAC Convention,
    • Scott, A. J. (January 17, 2001). Presentation on Critical Thinking. UW-Stout Professional Development Session,
    • Scott, A. J. (2000). Stout Science Program For Educators. WAPT Meeting,
    • Scott, A. J. (November, 2000). Stout Science Program For Educators. UW-Stout Research Day ,
    • Scott, A. J. (1999). Fact or Fiction: Using Science Fiction Movies As An Instructional Tool. AAPT Conference,
    • Scott, A. J. (April, 1997). Neural Networks: Theory and Application. Math Colloquium, Menomonie, WI.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Scott, A. J. Billion Pavilion. Sponsored by RocketHub.com Crowdsourcing Proposal, $19784 (Not Funded).
    • Scott, A. J. Astro-Compass Science Initiative. Sponsored by Wisconsin ESEA Improving Teacher Quality grant program, $26000.
    • Scott, A. J. Creating Opportunities for Educators in Science Education at UW-Stout. Sponsored by UW-Stout Professional Development Grant, $1872 (Funded).
    • Scott, A. J. Stout Science Program For Educators: Using Good Science and Pseudoscience As A Tool To Improve Student Competencies in Science and Critical Thinking. Sponsored by Eisenhower Professional Development Grant, $130000.

    Contract

    • Scott, A. J. Submersible Pilotless Diving Platform with Instrument Payload. Sponsored by Utility Patent Submission (Not Funded).

Media Contributions

    Newspaper

    • Dunn County News (July 18, 2014)

      E. Thompson, From The Stacks, (collaborative project with Menomonie Public Library).

    • Dunn County News (March 5, 2014)

      Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam.

    • Dunn County News (November 20, 2013)

      Alvarez and the Kennedy Assassination.

    • Dunn County News (June 2, 2013)

      Guns and Public Policy.

    • Dunn County News (August 29, 2012)

      Doctor Who and the Economic Implosion.

    • Dunn County News (June 5, 2012)

      Castles for the One-Percent. (Letter)

    • Dunn County News (January 22, 2012)

      Tackling the Football Fan.

    • Dunn County News (May 29, 2011)

      Beyond Theory: Modern View of the Atom Turns 100.

    • Dunn County News (February 9, 2011)

      The Great Eco-Unfriendly Trade-Off.

    • Dunn County News (July 15, 2009)

      Tribute to Darwin.

    • Dunn County News (December 14, 2008)

      Flying Wedge Economics.

    • Dunn County News (May 11, 2008)

      Relative Degrees of Wrongness.

    • Dunn County News (December 24, 2006)

      Real Alien Hunters.

    • Dunn County News (November 8, 2006)

      Keep Politics Out of Science.

    • Dunn County News (September 18, 2005)

      Risky Business.

    • Dunn County News (2004)

      Space Visitor Made Big Hole.

    • Dunn County News (April 21, 2004)

      The Wacky Politics of Energy.

    • Dunn County News (November 2, 2000)

      Laetrile: A Persistent, Dangerous, and Fraudulent Cancer Remedy

    • Dunn County News (September 14, 1997)

      Public Debate on Pseudoscience and Science.

Reviewer / Editor

    Editor, Associate Editor

    • Reviewed a Faculty Research Initiative proposal for Research Services at UW-Stout. (April 21, 2002)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Honor

    • Honorary Member of Sigma Lambda , (1999)

Professional Memberships

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • CFIDS Association of America
  • Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Physical Society (APS)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Applied Science Program Committee (2006 - Present)
    • Committee Member, construction program advisory board (1997 - Present)
    • Physics Department liaison , Construction Program (1997 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee (2013 - 2015)
    • Committee Chair, STEM College Full Professor Promotion Committee (2013)
    • Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee (2011)
    • Committee Chair, Faculty Search Committee (2010)
    • Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee (2010)
    • Committee Chair, STEM College Promotion Committee (2010)
    • Demonstration, STEM Tours (April 16, 2010)
    • Committee Member, UW-System grant proposal review committee for the ESEA Wisconsin Improving Teacher (October 2009)
    • Committee Member, College of Arts and Sciences, Promotion Committee (2006)
    • Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee (2004 - 2005)
    • Physics Department Representative, Faculty Senate (2004 - 2005)
    • Committee Member, Applied Science Committee (1999 - 2005)
    • Director, Applied Science Program (2004)
    • UW-Stout representative , ESEA (Teacher Professional Development) Grant Review Committee (2003 - 2004)
    • Group Facilitator, Honor’s Program on Godel’s Proof (2003)
    • Promotion Committee Member, College of Arts and Science (2002)
    • Promotion Committee Member, College of Arts and Science (2000)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Representative, Faculty Senate (2006 - 2007)
      • Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor, (May 2004)
      • Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor, (May 2004)

    Professional

    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2014)
    • Group Facilitator, Honor’s Program (2010 - 2014)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2012 - 2013)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2011)
    • Event Supervisor , Science Olympiad (April 2, 2011)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2009 - 2010)
    • Event Supervisor, Regional Science Olympiad (2006 - 2008)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2006 - 2007)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2006)
    • Event Supervisor-Fermi Questions, Regional Science Olympiad at Menomonie (2004 - 2005)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin State Science Olympiad (2001 - 2005)

    Community

    • Nuclear Science Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scouts of America (January 31,2015 - 2015)
    • Master of Ceremonies, Menomonie Public Library (June 28,2014 - 2014)
    • Cast Member, Menomonie Theater Guild (March 2013 - 2013)
    • Nuclear Science Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scouts of America (February 2012 - 2012)
    • Guest Presenter, Science and Religion (September 21,2011 - 2011)
    • Merit Badge Councilor, Boy Scouts of America (2010 - 2010)
    • Demonstrator , DeLong Middle School (2010)
    • Volunteer, St. Joseph Elementary School (October 17,2003 - May 2006)
    • Volunteer, St. Joseph elementary (January 9,2006 - January 9, 2006)
    • Co-Chair, Church Festival (2005 - 2005)
    • Assistant Coach, Weidner Clinic team (2005 - 2005)
    • Assistant Cub Scout Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America (2004 - 2005)
    • Head Coach, Menomonie Recreation Program (2004 - 2004)
    • Assistant Soccer Coach, Red Cedar Soccer League (2004 - 2004)
    • Assistant Soccer Coach, Red Cedar Soccer League (2004 - 2004)
    • Destination Imagination Coach, St. Joseph School (2004 - 2004)
    • Volunteer, Downsville Elementary (April 22,2004 - April 22, 2004)
    • Assistant Soccer Coach, Red Cedar Soccer League (2003 - 2003)
    • Destination Imagination Coach, St. Joseph School (2003 - 2003)
    • Volunteer, Crystal Cave owner Blaze Cunningham (2002 - 2002)
    • Member, Knights of Columbus member (2000 - 2001)