me.jpgMartina B. Arndt, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

Chairwoman of the Physics Department

Bridgewater State University











Conant Science Building Room 212
Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02325
Office Phone: (508) 531-2084
Dept. Phone: (508) 531-1386
Fax: (508) 531-1785
BSU Observatory

My professional life in a nutshell: My undergraduate background is in astronomy, and after graduation, I had the good fortune to work with a great mentor, Dr. Shadia Habbal, and develop a love for solar physics. In graduate school, I did a 180 and turned my fear and dislike of physics into a love for it and for teaching it. Immediately after earning my PhD in physics in 2000, I started teaching at BSU (though at that time, it was called BSC.) I have been happy here ever since being able to teach intro and upper level courses in both astronomy and physics. I have helped play a role in bringing our public outreach in astronomy from student volunteers working with 1-3 telescopes in a run down facility off campus to a new observing complex with over 12 smaller telescopes and one 14 inch scope capping off our new $98.7 million science building with paid student staff and a half-time observatory manager. Consider liking the BSU Observatory page on Facebook!

I enjoy engaging students in undergraduate research projects I certainly benefitted from doing research as an undergrad at Wellesley. I have worked with students on projects ranging from measuring forces and motions of different athletic activities to images processing of solar eclipse data and I am now working with students on variable star projects. I still write grants with Dr. Habbal to NSF to support our solar eclipse research and education projects we may be heading to Australia in 2012!

I have been able to engage in many administrative tasks to support student and faculty work on campus, like department chair and faculty associate in the new College of Science and Mathematics. BSU is a great place to teach and learn for everyone! Feel free to contact me or any of the other great members of our department if you are interested in coming for a visit or to learn more about the BSU Physics major.

Spring 2012 Courses and Office Hours






10:00 -11:00


Department Meeting


Elements of Physics II

(12:20 1:35)

Elements of Physics II

(12:20 1:35)

Chairs Workshops and CART meetings


Chairs Workshops and CART meetings


Chairs Workshops and CART meetings


Courses I have taught at BSU:

  • Physics 107: Exploring the Universe, Fall 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003-2005 (lab only), 2007, Summer 2008 & 2009
  • Physics 107: Energy and Its Social Uses, Fall 2004, 2007-2008 Spring 2006, 2009, 2011
  • Physics 181: Elements of Physics I, Fall 2000 2006, 2008-2010
  • Physics 182: Elements of Physics II, Spring 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 - 2012
  • Physics 183: Physics II for Aviation Science, Spring 2001- 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Physics 199: First Year Seminar: "Discover the Cosmos!", Fall 2006
  • Physics 244: General Physics II, Spring 2002 (lab only)
  • Physics/PhysEd 298: SYS Tools for Understanding Sports Science, Fall 2009
  • Physics/PhysEd 298 Honors: SYS Tools for Understanding Sports Science, Fall 2010
  • Physics 403: Mathematical Methods, Spring 2003, 2004, 2010, Fall 2011
  • Physics 408: Astrophysics, Fall 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010
  • Physics 414: Experimental Physics , Spring 2001, 2002
  • Physics 433: Thermal Physics, Fall 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009; Spring 2011
  • Physics 499: Directed Studies Fall 2008, 2010; Spring 2009
  • Physics 560: Stellar Astrophysics, Summer 2002
  • Physics 560: Physics of Sports, Summer 2003
  • Physics 560: Standards Based Astronomy for Middle School, Summer 2004
  • Physics 560: Solar Physics for Teachers Summer 2007
  • Physics 560: Teaching Science with the Sun: Summer 2011
  • Physics 560: Survey of Astronomy, Spring 2011


Information about Me in Physics, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

2000 in Physics, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

1997 in Astronomy, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


Teaching Experience: Chairwoman
Bridgewater State University

August 2007 - Present
Bridgewater State University

September 2011-present Professor
Bridgewater State University

September 2006 2011
Bridgewater State University Graduate School

2008 - present Professor
Bridgewater State University

September 2000 - 2006 of BSC Observatory
Bridgewater State University

September 2000 - Present to Modern Astronomy
University of New Hampshire

Summers: 1999, 2002-2006 to Technical Physics
University of New Hampshire

Spring, 1999 of UNH Observatory
University of New Hampshire

1993 - 1995 to Modern Astronomy, Lab Instructor
University of New Hampshire

Fall, 1993
Spring, 1995

Research Experience: Consultant

MIT Haystack Observatory

Spring, 2008/Summer 2009 Tinsley Undergraduate Research Mentor

Bridgewater State University

2008 - present Term Visitor
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Summer, 2002, 2003 Research Professor
University of Wales, Aberystwyth

March, 2002, 2003 Assistant
University of New Hampshire

1993 - 2000 Assistant/Computer Specialist
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

1991 - 1993 Researcher at various institutions:
Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Maria Mitchell Observatory, American Association of Variable Star Observers

1990 - 1991

Eclipse Expeditions:, 2010 July 11

Funded by NSF Islands, 2009 July 22
Funded by NSF, 2008 August 1
Funded by NSF and BSC, 2006 March 29
Funded by NSF Africa, 2002 December 4
Funded by NSF, 2001 June 21
Funded with BSC CART grants, 1998 February 26
Funded by NSF grant,1997 March 9
Partially funded by Sigma Xi Research Grant

Awards and Grants: Summer Grant: Variable Stars

Bridgewater State University

2011 Scholarship Summer Institute pedagogy track

Bridgewater State University

2010 Award for Distinguished Teaching

Bridgewater State University

2010 Education Resource Services (HERS) participant

2009-2010 Award for Excellence in Collaboration to Improve Teaching

Bridgewater State University

2009 Observations of Heavy Ions, Neutrals & Dust Grains in the Solar Corona National Science
National Science Foundation


(Supplemental funds granted in 2009) Fellowship

Bridgewater State University

2008-2009 Classroom Response Systems Initiative Grant

Bridgewater State University

2007 Imaging and Spectroscopy of the Coronal from 500 1500 nm during Total Solar Eclipses
National Science Foundation

2005 Information Literacy and Technology Outcomes within the Physics Major (2005)
BSC Davis Educational Foundation Grant

2005 Content Institute
Massachusetts Department of Education

2004 Summer Grant
Bridgewater State University

2002, 2003, 2006 Cultural Council Grant
Massachusetts Cultural Council

2001 Librarian Research Grant
Bridgewater State University

2000 Small and Travel Grants
Bridgewater State University

2000 Grant

1998 Student Paper Award
American Geophysical Union

1991 Xi Research Grant

1996 Assistantship
American Astronomical Society


Committee Work: Self Study

Planning and Evaluation Writing Committee

Bridgewater State University

Fall 2010 - present for the Advancement of Research
and Teaching Advisory Board (CART)
Bridgewater State University

Fall 2010 present of Advisory Board and New Teacher Academy Mentor
Teachers for a New Era, Bridgewater State University

2006 - present Science Building Users Group

Bridgewater State University

Fall 2008- present
New England Section of American Association of Physics Teachers

Fall 2008-2010 of Advisory Board for ATP, an organization that supports undergraduate research

Bridgewater State University

Fall 2007 2010 for New School of Science and Mathematics Mission and Vision Statements

Bridgewater State University

2009 for the Advancement of Research
and Teaching Advisory Board (CART)
Bridgewater State University

Fall 2002 2004 Assessment Project
Bridgewater State University

Fall 2002 - 2005 and Technology Education Partnership (STEP)
Board of Directors
Community of Plymouth

Fall 2001 - 2005 Shore Regional Science Fair
Bridgewater State University and SSRSF

Fall 2002 - present Self Study,
Admission and Retention Writing Committee
Bridgewater State University

Spring 2001 - Fall 2002





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