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Lynn Tashiro

Courses | Physics Projects | Freshman Program Projects | Grant and Project Activites | Publications/Presentations

Contact Information

Title: Professor of Physics
Director of Freshman Programs
Office: Physics: Sequoia 430
Freshman: AIRC 4002B
E-mail: tashiroL@csus.edu
Physics: (916) 278-7687
Freshman: (916) 278-2802
Sacramento State
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6135

Curriculum Vitae


  • Physics 107 Conceptual Physics and Scientific Inquiry

Physics Projects

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Grant and Project Activites


    Principle Investigator for Hewlett-Packard Technology for Teaching Leadership Grant. $120,000 awarded. In addition to using computer technology to learn physics, computers were integrated into the science teaching methods course and fieldwork component which were part of a “blended” science curriculum. (2006 – present)

    Co-Principle Investigator for Hewlett-Packard Technology for Teaching Grant. $74,000 awarded. Together with faculty in the College of Education I integrated mobile and tablet computer technology in the science curriculum for pre-service K-8 teachers. Mobile data acquisition and electronic laboratory journals were developed. (2005-2006)

    Principle Investigator for National Science Foundation project C-CUESST (A College Curriculum for Elementary School Science Teachers). As PI I managed the $247,000 budget and an interdisciplinary collaborative team to design, implement, and assess an inquiry based physics course for pre-service elementary school teachers. (1998- 2002)

    Co-Principle Investigator for National Science Foundation project : “Developing a Computer Based Laboratory/Discussion Facility for General Physics”, As co-PI I assisted in management of the $30,000 NSF budget and matching $30,000 university budget to create a microcomputer based Physics laboratory course for life science majors. (1998-2001)

    Freshman Programs:

    Associated Student Inc. (ASI)Co-Curricular Activity Grant for Freshman Seminar and Learning Communities. Project requires management of Team Building Projects with ASI Peak Adventures piloting of the “One Book” Freshman Reading Program and supervision of a student leadership component. Funded at $9000 ( 2007-present)

    Information Literacy and Technology (ILT) Grant: Project “Baseline” A study of Sacramento State Freshman and Information Technology Literacy. ETS standardized on line test was used to collect baseline ILT data on 300 freshman students. The project also used the “Lesson Study” Model to develop ILT curriculum. Funded at $38,292 (2006- present)

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    Science Education:

    Paper published in American Institute of Physics monograph “The Role of Physics Departments in Preparing K-12 Teachers”. Paper titled “How can a Physics course for non-majors and pre-service K-8 teachers engage students in the process of scientific inquiry? A case study in collaborative curriculum design and implementation”, pages 7-42, 2000. ISBN#1-56396-985-8

    Paper presented at AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) and NARST (National Association for Research on Science Teaching) 2001 Annual Conferences. Paper entitled “The effect of Inquiry on College Students’ Ability to Pose Testable Scientific Questions “ Lynn M. Tashiro & David Jelinek.

    Invited project presentation at NSF (National Science Foundation) Annual Conference of Principal Investigators from Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (CETP). Presentation entitled "A Collaboration Model for Improving the Teaching of Science Content and Science Methods for Pre-service K-8 Teachers. April 2001

    Collaborative project presentation with Professor Hugo Chacon at NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) 2001 Annual Conference. Presentation entitled "A Collaboration Model for Improving the Teaching of Science Content and Science Methods for Preservice K-8 Teachers “

    Nonlinear Optics and Laser Molecular Spectroscopy

    “The HF and DF Band Systems studied by 1 XUV + 1 UV Resonance Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization”, L. M. Tashiro, W. Ubachs, R.N. Zare, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, 138, 89-101 (1989)

    “Study of the N2b1Pu state via 1 + 1 Multiphoton Ionization”, W. Ubachs, L. M. Tashiro, R.N. Zare, Chemical Physics, 130 1-13, (1989)

    “A General Purpose XUV Laser Spectrometer: Some Applications to N2 O2, and CO2, W. E. Ernst, T. P. Softley, L. M. Tashiro, R. N. Zare, Chemical Physics, 116, 299-309 (1987)

    “XUV Laser Spectroscopy of Xe Autoionizing Rydberg States” T. P. Softley, W. E. Ernst, L. M. Tashiro, R. N. Zare, International Laser Science II. Vol. 160, 185-187, 1986

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Last updated: 07/02/2008