Dr. Emily Grace Assistant Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Royal Holloway University of London
M.S.Ed., Indiana University South Bend
B.Sc. (Physics), Indiana University South Bend
B.A. (Psychology), Bethel College
After graduating from college with a psychology degree and excelling in a sales career, Emily Grace returned to school to pursue her first love: physics. She earned a master's degree in education and a second undergraduate degree in physics, then earned a doctorate in physics from the prestigious Royal Holloway University of London. While in the United Kingdom, she won a national contest when she wrote and performed a rap to explain her research on dark matter and liquid argon.
Dr. Grace has been a member of the PICO, MiniCLEAN, DEAP-3600, LZ, and LUX dark matter collaborations. She was a postdoctoral scholar at Pennsylvania State University and a research assistant at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Nebraska and Indiana University, as well as a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway. Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, she was an assistant professor at Sterling College in Kansas.
- General Physics
Though all students are welcome in this IGE physics course, this is the first in a two course algebra-based sequence designed particularly for life science majors and others intending to apply to medical or graduate school. The course includes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, thermodynamics, and oscillations. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 109QR, ACT math score of 24 or better (SAT 570 or above), or consent of the department chair. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Note: There is a laboratory component to this course.
- General Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.(4 credits)
- Introduction to Astronomy
This course covers several topics in the field of astronomy including our solar system, astronomical observations and measurements, and a basic Introduction to cosmology and relativity. Prerequisites: C- or higher in MAT109QR or MAT127, ACT math score of 22 (SAT520) or above, or permission of instructor. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Note: There is no laboratory component to this course, and it does not count as an option under Science and the Natural World. However, the course does count toward the Elementary and Secondary Endorsements in Basic Science.
Introduction to the science of astronomy. The basic tools and concepts in astronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include the investigational methods in astronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include investigational methods in astronomy and an emphasis on our Solar System. Additional topics may include stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Students are expected to be able to articulate a Christian perspective of our place in the universe. Prerequisite: C- or higher in either MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math score of 22 (SAT550 or above) or permission of instructor. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Note: There is a laboratory/observation component to this course.
- Classical Physics I
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Though all students are welcome in this calculus-based, IGE physics course, this is the first of a two course sequence designed for math, science, and engineering majors and others who have taken or are taking calculus and intend to apply to medical or graduate school. This course includes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillations, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 112, or consent of the department chair.
- Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.(4 credits)
- Modern Physics
For students seeking a minor in physics or those interested in obtaining a physics teaching endorsement. Topics will include special relativity, quantized energy and momentum, Schrodinger's Equation, nuclear and particle physics, and cosmology.Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
"Among Diversity Challenges, Science Textbooks Are Part of the Problem", Reformed Journal, Nov 2019
“Intellectually engaging my fundamentalist students”, Reformed Journal, Nov 2018
“Lux trigger efficiency”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics, Nov 2018
“Incorporating Theology and Science Philosophy into the Physics Classroom”, International Journal of Christianity and Education, April 2018
“First results from the DEAP-3600 dark matter search with argon at SNOLAB”, Physical Review Letters, Aug 2018
“Design and Construction of the DEAP-3600 Dark Matter Detector”, Astroparticle Physics, Dec 2017
“Index of refraction, Rayleigh scattering, and Sellmeier coefficients in solid and liquid argon and xenon”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics, June 2017
“Final Results of the PICASSO Dark Matter Search Experiment”, Astroparticle Physics, April 2017
“Measurement of the scintillation time spectra and pulse-shape discrimination of low energy ß and nuclear recoils in liquid argon DEAP-1”, Astroparticle Physics, September 2016
“Searching for Dark Matter with PICASSO”, Physics Procedia 61, December 2015
“Improving Photoelectron Counting and Particle Identification in Scintillation Detectors with Bayesian Techniques”, Astroparticle Physics, January 2015
“Update on the MiniCLEAN Dark Matter Experiment”, Physics Procedia 61, January 2015
“Constraints on Low-Mass WIMP Interaction on 19F from PICASSO”, Physics Letters B February 2013
“Density Characterization of Tapered Super-Sonic Gas Jet Targets for Laser Wakefield Acceleration”, APS, 54th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics
“First dark matter search results from a 4-kg CF3I bubble chamber operated in a deep underground site”, Physics Review D September 2012
“Dark matter search with the PICASSO experiment”, The 4th International Conference Current Problems in Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy, September 2012
Christian Women in Science (CWIS)
American Scientific Affiliation (ASA)
American Physical Society (APS)
Iowa Academy of Science (IAS)
APS Physics Education Research Grant, 2021
Northwestern Summer Research Grant, 2019
IOP Representative to Parliment (UK), 2015
3 Minute Wonder Competition (Science Communication) National Winner, 2013
SEPnet Ph.D. Studentship - Full Scholarship and Stipend, 2012-2018