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College of the Sciences

Bruce Palmquist

Bruce Palmquist

 

Professor

Department of Physics
Science II 218B
509-963-3142
bruce.palmquist@cwu.edu


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Awards

2019 College of the Sciences Faculty/Staff Member of the Year

2009 Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) Crystal Apple award for outstanding teacher educator.

2005 Washington Professor of the Year, Awarded by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education

2004 Central Washington University Distinguished Professor - Public Service

Educational Background

Augsburg College, B.A., 1984
University of Minnesota, History of Science, M.A., 1990
University of Minnesota, Physics, M.S., 1992
University of Minnesota, Science Education, Ph.D., 1993

Teaching

Courses I have taught:

  • Introductory Astronomy (PHYS 101/102)
  • Physics Inquiry (PHYS 106)
  • Introductory Physics (PHYS 111/112/113)
  • General Physics (PHYS 181/182/183)
  • Exploring Physics Teaching I/II (PHYS 292/392)
  • Modern Physics (PHYS 317/318)
  • Senior Assessment (PHYS 489)
  • First Year Experience: Why People Believe Dumb Things (COTS 184)
  • Physical & Biological Systems II (DHC 161)
  • Issues in Science and Religion (DHC 380)
  • Science Education in the Elementary Schools (SCED 322)
  • Science Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (SCED 324)
  • Science, Society, and the Teaching Community (SCED 354)
  • Advanced Teaching Strategies in Elementary Science (SCED 422)
  • Teaching Middle and Secondary Science Seminar (SCED 487)
  • Perspectives on Science, Mathematics, and STEM Education (STP 308)

Research Interests

I am currently give shows, develop content, and mentor student workers at the CWU Lydig Planetarium.

I also mentor students on small scale science education curriculum or action research projects.

Selected Publications

Palmquist, Bruce (2015). The Itsy-Bitsy Spider. [Case Study] Buffalo, NY: National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo, State University of New York.

Palmquist, Bruce and Jackson, Michael (2015). Strengthening a physics teacher preparation program using key findings from the SPIN-UP report. In Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices. College Park, MD: American Physical Society, 187-197.

Palmquist, Bruce (2014). Sorting Trash with Static Electricity. [Case Study] Buffalo, NY: National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo, State University of New York.

Piacsek, Andy and Palmquist, Bruce (2013). Community-based Inquiry: An example involving wind turbine noise. Journal of the Accoustical Society of America, 134, 4014.

Palmquist, Bruce (2013). Inquiry in Astronomy Textbooks. The Classroom Astronomer. 5(1), 38-39.

Palmquist, Bruce (2013). Learning Progressions, Washington Science Teachers Journal. 54(1), 18-21

Palmquist, Bruce (2011). Star Motions With Sky Simulators. The Classroom Astronomer. 3(1), 20-23.

Hunt, Vanessa, Sorey, Timothy, Balandova, Evguenia, and Palmquist, Bruce (2010). "Juan’s Dilemma: A New Twist on the Old Lemon Battery." The Science Teacher, 77(7), 52-56.

Palmquist, Bruce (2008). "Promoting a Contemporary View of the Nature of Science in Your Classroom." Washington Science Teachers Journal, 49(2), 13-16.

Palmquist, Bruce (2002). "Interactive spectra demonstration." The Physics Teacher, 40(3), 140-142.

Faix, Timothy and Palmquist, Bruce (2002). "Guided practice for oral lab reports." The Science Teacher, 69(2), 68.

Palmquist, Bruce (2001), "Assessing motion graphs." The Science Teacher, 68(8), 75-77.

Palmquist, Bruce (2000). "Facilitating communication in a distance education setting." Journal of College Science Teaching, 29(4), 337-340.

Palmquist, Bruce (1999). "Star search." The Science Teacher, 66(3), 55-56.

Palmquist, Bruce (1998). "Moon theory." The Science Teacher, 65(3), 59-62.

Palmquist, Bruce and Finley, Fred (1997). "Preservice teachers' views of the nature of science during a postbaccalaureate science teaching program." Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 34(6), 595-615.

Palmquist, Bruce (1997). "Scoring rubric for interview assessment." The Physics Teacher, 35(2), 88-89.

Palmquist, Bruce (1996). "Interview assessment in physics labs." The Physics Teacher, 34(8), 510-511.

Popular Press

Weekly observational astronomy column called "What's up in the Sky" published in The Daily Record, Ellensburg, WA (circulation: about 5500), May, 2001 to present.

Palmquist, Bruce, and Li, Guian, "Three things we can learn from comparing the Chinese and American education systems." Ellensburg Daily Record (July 18, 2007). English version online.

Books

Palmquist, Bruce (2006). Instructor's Manual for Contemporary Activities in Astronomy (3rd edition). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Palmquist, Bruce (2003). Instructor's Manual for Contemporary Activities in Astronomy (2nd edition). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Palmquist, Bruce (1999). Instructor's Manual for Contemporary Activities in Astronomy. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

 

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