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Kathy Selby, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, Cornell University

B.A. Hons., 1983, Oxford University, England; M.A., 1988, Oxford University; M.Sc., Physics, 1989, University of California at Berkeley; Ph.D., Physics, 1990, University of California at Berkeley; Oxford University Scholarships, 1980, 1981, 1982; Hellman Fellowship, 1984, 1987; Whiting Fellowship, 1985; Lenzen Scholarship, 1986.

P1204 The Physics of Musical Sound (Lecturer)
P207, P208 Fundamentals of Physics I & II (Senior Staff)
P1112 Physics I: Mechanics (Senior Staff)
P2213 Physics II: Heat and Electromagnetism (Senior Staff)
P2214 Physics II: Heat and Electromagnetism (Senior Staff)

I am particularly interested in teaching physics to students who may not have had much previous experience studying science. I believe that anyone can understand physics, and enjoy the experience of studying it! I especially enjoy teaching The Physics of Musical Sound, which connects the three things I am most passionate about: physics, music and teaching.

My Ph.D. research investigated the electronic structure of clusters, tiny particles of less than 100 atoms, with behavior lying between that of atoms and solid matter. Clusters are a "mesoscopic" state of matter where many interesting quantum mechanical phenomena occur. A type of clusters being studied avidly today are "Buckyballs". From 1991-2001 I was a researcher at The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), doing research in medical imaging, mostly with MRI. My research included imaging and fluid dynamics of diseased arteries and studies on osteoporosis and arthritis. I worked with UCSF's Vascular Imaging Research Center, Osteoporosis Research Group and Magnetic Resonance Science Center, and also with the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

When I am not teaching physics, I am usually playing or teaching the fiddle, or looking after my rambunctious children, Michael and Owen.