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Cynthia Sisson

Name: Cynthia J. Sisson

Title: Online Instructor and Emeritus Professor & Chair

Start Year at LSUS: 1994

Credentials: 1993 PhD in Computational Physics at the University of South Carolina; 1988 BS in Physics, minor in Computer Science minor at New Mexico Tech

Department: Chemistry and Physics

College: Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Science Building 112A

Office Phone: 318-797-5238

Alternate Phone: 318-797-5246

Office Fax: 318-797-5090


Office Hours:

Online Office Hours only for Fall 2015. Office Appointments available on request.  

Teaching Assignments:

Phsc 105  Introducton to Physical Science (100% Online), A term and B term

Phys 375  Thermal Physics (90 - 100% Online) 

Other regular teaching assignments:

  • Physics 251/252 College Physics
  • Physics 261/262 Physics for Science Majors 
  • Physics 365 Modern Physics
  • Physics 475 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics 490 (Special Topics in Physics) Modeling with Mathematica
  • FS 104 Freshman Seminar

Research Interests:

  • Physics Education Research
  • Digital ink and Tablet computer use in the classroom
  • Monte Carlo simulations of light in tissue

Selected Publications:

C. Sisson, "Tablet-Based Recitations in Physics: Less Lecture, More Success," in The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education: New Horizons, D. Berque, L. Konkle, and R. Reed Eds.  West Lafayette, In: Purdue University Press, 2010.   

W. Gustavson, S. Lynch, and C. Sisson, "Integrating Science:  Explorations in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics," LSUS Internal publication (lab manual), 1998 - 2004. 

J. Rodriguez, C. Sisson, C. Pattillo, C. Hendricks, M. Mcwaters, C. Quarles, M.Hardjasudarma, I.V. Yaroslavsky, A.N. Yaroslavsky, and H. Battarbee. "Experimental assessment of the CSF contribution to light propagation the adult brain", Trends in Optics and Photonics (TOPS) Vol 56, Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics (CLEO 2001), Technical Digest, Post-conference Edition (Optical Society of America, Washington DC, 2001), pp. 401-402.

J. Rodriguez, C. Sisson, C. Hendricks, C. Pattillo, M. McWaters, C. Quarles, I.V. Yaroslavsky, A.N. Yaroslavsky, and H. Battarbee. "Feasibility of using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for the quantification of brain edema." in Saratov Fall Meeting 2000: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine II, Valery Tuchin Editor, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4241, pp. 88-97 (2001).

I. Yaroslavsky, A. Yaroslavsky, H. Battarbee, C. Sisson, and J. Rodriguez. "Self-calibrating distributed-source image reconstruction technique for diffuse optical." Biomedical Topical Meetings, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington DC, 2000), pp. 487-488.

I.Yaroslavsky, A. Yaroslavsky, H. Battarbee, C. Sisson, and J. Rodriguez. "Non-Jacobian nonlinear image reconstruction technique in diffuse optical tomography" Inter-Institute Workshop on In Vivo Optical Imaging at the NIH (Bethesda, 1999), P 21-22.

J. Rodriguez, C. Quarles, C. Sisson, and H.D. Battarbee. "High bandwidth optical tomography" in Medical Imaging 1999: Physics of Medical Imaging, J.M. Boone and J.T. Dobbins Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 3659, pp. 375-383 (1999).

C. Sisson, "Critical Dynamics in the 3D spin-1/2 Heisenberg Model:  A Decoupled Cell Monte Carlo Study."  Intl. Jnl. Mod. Phys. C 7, 441 (1996).

C. Sisson, "Decoupled Cell Quantum Monte Carlo:  How Should We Calculate the Energy?" In Computer Simulations in Condensed Matter Physics VII, eds. D. Landau, K. Mon, and H. Schuttler (Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1994).

Personal Bio:

After twenty years as a faculty member in physics at LSUS - the last eleven of those as a department chair - I have retired.  

However, I am back at LSUS as a three-quarter time online instructor for the 2015-16 academic year, teaching a mix of physical science and upper level physics classes.

Vita: To review my Vita, please click here.