STEM Student Spotlight

Radford University physics major Kaleb Martin performs an experiment to measure the electron's charge-to-mass ratio.
Radford University physics major Kaleb Martin performs an experiment to measure the electron's charge-to-mass ratio.

KALEB MARTIN

Kaleb Martin helps share the Universe around us with students of all ages in many ways as part of his Radford experience.

As a host at the Radford University Planetarium, Kaleb regularly takes visitors on a tour of our celestial neighborhood.  "The planetarium is the best job a student interested in astronomy can have" he stated.

Not only does the role help showcase Kaleb's astronomy experience, but it also helps him prepare to share his knowledge with peers and the general population "This job prepares students to become better critical thinkers when events don’t go according to plan and most importantly it helps with public speaking" Kaleb recalled. "My communication skills have greatly improved since I started and I can’t wait to see what else I can learn from the planetarium."

In addition to his service in the Planetarium, Kaleb has explored other ways to help interested students engage in Physics education, especially during the pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, the Radford University Chapter of the SPS provided Zoom meetings to area high school students where they explained how to build AM radios.

That effort was designed to encourage young scholars to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum and was featured in the Winter 2022 edition of the SPS Observer magazine, where a photo of Kaleb was featured on the cover.

The story is available online and appears on page 16 at this link: 

Kaleb and his fellow classmate Sam Williams later shared their experience in a presentation during the April 2021 meeting of the Chesapeake section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

 

 

 

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Abbi Green at the 50th North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR) and the 19th International Bat Research Conference (IBRC)

ABBI GREEN

Undergraduate Abbi Green presented her work at the the 50th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR) and the 19th International Bat Research Conference (IBRC) held on August 7-12th, 2022 in Austin Texas. 

She also did some kayaking under the Congress Ave Bridge to watch the 1.5 million Brazilian free-tailed bats emerge for the night as they do all summer.

Abbi is working with Dr. Tara Pelletier on a phylogatR project. The group is exploring genetic structure over geographic space in 100s of species of salamanders and bats.

Abbi is cleaning and analyzing data in both these groups using the R statistacal computing language, and learning a lot about DNA.

As a math major, she is very excited to be applying her math skills to biological problems!

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Abbi Green and Dr. Tara Pelletier kayaking in Austin Texas