MC 00334 Preliminary Inventory of the John S. Risley Papers on Physics, 1961-2002

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[Carton 1]
Articles from journals such as Physics Today and Physics Review. They are written by J.S. Risley and the individual folders contain the articles, accompanying graphs/charts, and any related correspondence, press releases, etc.
[Carton 2]
Articles by Risley, descriptions of equipment used, proposals, and data/research/notes from individual experiments.
[Carton 3]
Articles by contemporaries, descriptions of equipment used, and data/research/notes from individual experiments.
[Carton 5]
Materials relating to the XIII-XVI meetings of ICPEAC. Includes Executive Committee minutes, questionnaire results, finances, support, travel grants, projects, speakers, and correspondence highlighting the conference and Risley's involvement in it (as Secretary).
[Carton 6]
Bound copies of the paper abstracts and proceedings of ICPEAC.
[Carton 7]
Bound copies of the paper abstracts and proceedings of ICPEAC.
[Carton 8]
Bound copies of the paper abstracts and proceedings of ICPEAC.
[Carton 9]
Includes meeting planning, correspondence, speakers, logos, committee meeting minutes, charters, speakers, and material concerning the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.
[Carton 10]
Materials related to the meetings and conferences that Risley attended or participated in. These include ICPEAC, DEAP [Division of Electron and Atomic Physics], ICAP [International Conference on Atomic Physics], trips to the USSR, and many other international groups and conferences.
[Carton 11]
Materials related to the meetings and conferences that Risley attended or participated in. These include ICPEAC, DEAP, SESAP [Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society], ISIAC [International Seminar on Ion-Atom Collisions], AAPT [American Association of Physics Teachers], trips to the USSR, and many other international groups and conferences.
[Carton 12]
Materials related to the meetings and conferences that Risley attended or participated in. These include ICPEAC, ISIAC, AAPT, trips to the USSR, and many other international groups and conferences.
[Carton 13]
Materials related to the meetings and conferences that Risley attended or participated in. These include ICPEAC, ISIAC, AAPT, EduCom, SESAP, NCSTA [North Carolina Science Teachers Association], NSF [National Science Foundation], and many other international groups and conferences.
[Carton 14]
Materials related to the meetings and conferences that Risley attended or participated in. These include ICPEAC, AAPT, EduCom, NCSTA, NSF, APS [American Physical Society], trips to the USSR, and many other international groups and conferences.
[Carton 15]
Materials related to the meetings and conferences that Risley attended or participated in. These include ICPEAC, SESAPS, AAPT, EduCom, NCSTA, NSF, APS, and many other international groups and conferences.
[Carton 16]
Applications, correspondence, and other data for grants made to several agencies, including the NSF and U.S. Department of Energy. Primary focus is VUV light standards.
[Carton 17]
Applications, correspondence, and other data for grants made to several agencies, including the NSF and U.S. Department of Energy. Topics include VUV light standards and computer tutorials.
[Carton 18]
Applications, correspondence, and other data for grants made to several agencies, including the NSF and U.S. Department of Energy. Topics include software for engineering students and teacher instruction evaluation.
[Carton 19]
Contents of this box deal with Risley's study on physics education software. This includes his work on the ASEE [American Society for Engineering Education] software project, TASL [The Academic Software Library], and Physics Courseware Evaluation Project. Items include research, correspondence, contracts, publicity, advertisers, sales, production, and a full prospectus for the PCEP (*includes background info on project*).
[Carton 20]
Various directories & publications, 15 folders of software (including Physics Academic Software), phonebook, small card file, business cards, slides, photographs, business cards, and some small artifacts.
[Carton 21]
Includes manuals, correspondence, and software submitted to PAS for possible publication. Subjects cover a variety of physics education related areas. (A-D)
[Carton 22]
Includes manuals, correspondence, and software submitted to PAS for possible publication. Subjects cover a variety of physics education related areas. (E-M)
[Carton 23]
Includes manuals, correspondence, and software submitted to PAS for possible publication, as well as a 1993 overview of PAS. Subjects cover a variety of physics education related areas. (O-X)
[Carton 24]
Reprints of articles written by J.S. Risley on a variety of topics.
[Carton 25]
Information relating to NCSU Physics Dept. business (incl. hiring an assistant professor, building renovations, etc.) and talks given by Risley on a variety of topics (incl. H atoms, VUV Standards, and courseware).
[Carton 26]
Notes, syllabi, assignments, etc. concerning classes given by Risley as a physics professor at NCSU.
[Carton 27]
Theses and projects submitted to Risley by students at NCSU.
[Carton 28]
Notes and articles written by Risley on a variety of physics related projects. These include educational software, H bombardment, and VUV standards.
[Carton 29]
Letters to and from Risley, concerning his involvement in various physics projects.
[Carton 30]
Letters to and from Risley, concerning his involvement in various physics projects.
[Carton 31]
Letters to and from Risley, concerning his involvement in various physics projects.
[Carton 32]
Notes from classes Risley attended while a student at the University of Washington. Includes Physics, Math, and other courses.
[Carton 33]
Notes from classes Risley attended while a student at the University of Washington, Risley's thesis, data from experiments conducted by Risley's students at NCSU, and information on the University of Washington Yacht Club.
[Carton 34]
Includes items that belong with previously described boxes. Misc. paperwork, meeting programs and paper abstracts, Physics Courseware newsletters, labels, Computers in Physics Instruction software kit, slides, and articles.
[Flat Box 35]
10 8” x 10” group portraits of the PCEP Teacher Institute

Creator

Risley, John S.

Quantity

66.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

43 cartons, 2 oversized envelopes, 1 flatbox

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Language of Material

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of John S. Risley (accession no. 2003.0006 and 2011.0253)

Processing

Processed by: Unprocessed;machine-readable finding aid created by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble; updated by Judy Allen Dodson, 2011

Scope and Content Note

Includes research and course notes, correspondence, assignments, assignment keys, calendars/diaries, slides to include photos of class, student questionnaires (blank), flyers conference proceedings, photographs, and travel records relating to Dr. Risley's involvement with atomic collisions research, the International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions. Also the Physics academic software and user manuals, Physics educational software, correspondence and information about L.H. Thomas Lecture Series and documents related to Derieux lectureship endowment and lecture series.

Historical Note

Professor John S. Risley (born 1942) conducted research on the utilization and effectiveness of computer technology to teach physics. Physics education research shows that interactive, hands-on collaborative student environments produce signific ant student learning. Computers enhance this approach. The primary thrusts in this effort include evaluating educational software programs, deciding which tools to use, structuring substantive student activities, implementing student/teacher tasks and eva luating the impact. These activities are now being carried out in the new SCALE-UP classroom at NCSU.

External efforts include publishing peer-reviews physics educational software, as editor of Physics Academic Software in cooperation with the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. In addition, his group is involved with disseminating in formation about new materials in the physics journals, conducting teacher workshops, and collaborating at professional meetings.

Professor Risley was the director of WebAssign, an online homework, quizzing, and testing assessment system that delivers, collects, and grades and records student's assignments. This wide-reaching facility incorporates textbook problems, many different answer types and classroom management tools. It represents a new way of accessing student performance and helps student learn basic physics concepts.

Professor Risley's publications include the following:

"Using Physlets to Teach Electrostatics," The Physics Teacher 37. Scott W. Bonham, John S. Risley and Wolfgang Christian. (1999). p. 276-280.

Core Concepts in Physics, (CD-ROM). John S. Risley. Saunders College Publishing, Philadelphia, PA, (1998).

"Secrets of Software Longevity: Then and Now," Computers in Physics 11. John S. Risley and Margaret H. Gjertsen. (Jan/Feb 1997). p. 54-55.

"Ten Years of Tracking Educational Software," Computers in Physics 11. John S. Risley. (Jan/Feb 1997). p. 52-53.

"10th Anniversary CIP Educational Software Directory," Computers in Physics 11. Margaret H. Gjertsen and John S. Risley. (Jan/Feb 1997). p. 56-80.

"Case study of the physics component of an integrated curriculum," Phys. Ed. Res. Supplement to Am. J. of Phys 67. R. Beichner, L. Bernold, E. Burniston, P. Dail, R. Felder, J. Gastineau, M. Gjertsen, & J. Risley. (1999). p. S16-S24. Click here to view this publication.

"Hardware and Software Preferences of Technology-Oriented High School Physics Teachers," The Physics Teacher 33. Robert J. Beichner, Ladye K. Wilkinson, John E. Gastineau, Paula V. Englehardt, Margaret H. Gjertsen, Margret Hazen, LeVonda Ritchie, and John S. Risley. (1995). p. 270.

"Educational Software for Teaching Physics-1995 Directory," Computer Applications in Engineering Education 2. Ladye K. Wilkinson, Margaret H. Gjertsen, and John S. Risley. (1994). p. 257-269.

"1995 Directory of Physics Courseware: Simulation Software," Computers in Physics 9. 65. Ladye K. Wilkinson, Margaret H. Gjertsen, and John S. Risley. (Jan/Feb 1995).

Professor Risley passed away in Raleigh on 5 April 2013.

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