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Jay Ansher

General Education Lab Coordinator
Moulton Hall - MLT 313-B
Office Hours
TUES 9-10:30 AM, WED 3:15-4:30 PM, or by appointment
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Current Courses

110.001Physics For Science And Engineering I

110.002Physics For Science And Engineering I

110.003Physics For Science And Engineering I

110.005Physics For Science And Engineering I

Teaching Interests & Areas

Dr. Ansher is the department's Director of General Education Laboratories. He coordinates activities related to our Physics 102 "Atoms to Galaxies" class and laboratory experiments. He often teaches one or two sections of that class, plus other General Education courses.

He is also the coordinator of our department's Physics on the Road outreach program which includes taking demonstrations into K-12 classrooms, science centers, museums, and other community groups. The goal of this program is to educate and inspire younger audiences in the areas of basic science. Check out these interviews as Dr. Ansher talks about public education...
...on TV News 25 WEEK (January 17, 2006) the B-N Pantagraph (January 23, 2010)
...on Radio 1230 WJBC (February 12, 2011) the B-N Pantagraph (April 17, 2011) the B-N Pantagraph (April 14, 2012) the Lincoln Daily News (December 12, 2018)

As part of the department's outreach efforts, between 2006 and 2014, Dr. Ansher was co-host of Uncommon Knowledge, a weekly radio show on ISU's radio station WGLT.

Research Interests & Areas

Dr. Ansher is an experimental space plasma physicist. His research includes the study of the magnetospheres of Jupiter and the Earth, using spacecraft data from Voyager 1 and 2, Galileo, Cassini, and Cluster.

Ph D Physics

University of Iowa 2001
Iowa City, Iowa

MS Space Physics and Astronomy

Rice University 1994
Houston, Texas

Distinguished Service Award

Illinois State University

RSO Advisor of the Year

Dean of Students Office