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Thrill of discovery, mentoring holds interest for 39 years
March 16, 2007

Thirty-nine years ago this fall, J. Thomas “Tom” Dickinson, a Regents Professor in physics, came to WSU. Since then, he has created an internationally recognized surface-science laboratory in his department.“I came to WSU right out of graduate school at University of Michigan,” said Dickinson. “It was a very wise decision.”Dickinson’s research is recognized worldwide, with colleagues from Japan and Europe visiting his laboratory regularly to work with him. His research has been funded continuously for 36 years by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, Navy, Air Force, NASA, NATO, and the National Institutes of Health. Currently his major topics of … » More …

Dickinson to receive Eminent Faculty Award
February 16, 2007

J. Thomas Dickinson, Regents Professor, Department of Physics, has been named the winner of the annual Eminent Faculty Award, the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member.Nominees must have changed the thinking in their respective fields by making lasting contributions through teaching, research, creative scholarship and service. They must also make notable contributions to the vitality and strength of the WSU community. The award includes a $15,000 honorarium.Dickinson, the Paul A. Anderson Professor of Physics, is recognized internationally for his contributions in both laser materials research and nanotribology. For more than 30 years, he has been continuously funded in applied surface science and … » More …

First five faculty honorees announced
February 3, 2006

Five faculty members have been named recipients of awards given out each spring by Washington State University in recognition of excellence in academic achievement. They will be honored publicly on Friday, March 24, as part of the annual World Class. Face to Face. Showcase, a day-long celebration of the achievements of faculty and staff.• Joseph Keim Campbell, associate professor of philosophy, earned the Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award. The $5,000 award recognizes unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the academic year, including successful and innovative performance in instruction.In the 2004-2005 academic year, Campbell conducted a seminar in which students interacted with internationally … » More …

WSU physicist named Fellow of the AAAS
October 27, 2005

Washington State University physicist J. Thomas Dickinson was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this week.A member of the AAAS physics section, Dickinson was cited for “fundamental contributions to understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in fracture, tribology and laser interactions with materials.”Dickinson was the first director of the WSU Center for Materials Research and is recognized internationally for his contributions in both laser research and nanotribology. He holds the Paul A. Anderson Professorship in Physics and was named a Regents Professor in 2004. He is also a recipient of the WSU Distinguished Faculty Address Award, the President’s Faculty Excellence … » More …

Colloquium to discuss online tutoring system
October 13, 2005

Tom Dickinson, WSU Regents professor, Paul A. Anderson professor of physics, and professor of material science, will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the WSU On-Line Question and Tutoring System during a physics and astronomy colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 18.The title of the colloquium is “What you can do and what you can’t do with the WSU On-Line Question and Tutoring System.” It will discuss the development of a web-based questioning and tutoring system that self-grades quizzes and provides tutoring opportunities to students, while remaining easy to use by both students and instructors. The system will be demonstrated live at the colloquium. System creators plan … » More …

Mittelhammer, Dickinson named Regents Professors
March 26, 2004

Exemplifying the highest level of achievement among faculty, Ronald C. Mittelhammer and J. Thomas Dickinson have been named two of three faculty promoted for 2004 to Regents Professor. Mittelhammer, nominees said, has made substantial, continuous and lasting contributions to the field of agricultural economics around the country and at Washington State University. “Receiving this honor from an institution that I loved as a student and continue to love and believe in as a faculty member is, to say the least, an incredibly wonderful and fulfilling feeling,” Mittelhammer said. To be considered for this honor, faculty must be a tenured full professor or equivalent. They must … » More …

Dickinson elected fellow by American Physical Society
November 22, 2002

Washington State University physicist Thomas Dickinson has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dickinson was recognized for “his pioneering and innovative work in basic bond breaking mechanisms, and the forces on particles at solid surfaces during mechanical or radioactive stimulation.” Only one half of one percent of the total APS membership is selected for this honor each year. This year the new fellows totaled 192.Recently named WSU’s first Paul Anderson Distinguished Professor of Physics, Dickinson has developed laser techniques that may help national laboratories analyze part of the nation’s nuclear waste materials, such as those in Hanford storage tanks.Numerous significant grants have … » More …