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Dr. Earl D. Blodgett is a Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), and advisor to the UWRF Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Dr. Blodgett has advised the UWRF Chapter since 1997. During this time, the UWRF SPS Chapter has held egg crash competitions, launched water rockets, done outreach to elementary schools, built and demonstrated two trebuchets, built small-scale centrifuge carnival rides, held food drives for charity, completed research with a CCD Project, had picnics, and held 24 meetings a year.
Dr. Blodgett greatly enjoys teaching the experimental side of physics at all levels, from introductory labs through advanced laboratory. He is also very interested in learning more about how students learn physics, with the goal of constantly reexamining and improving how introductory courses are taught. For several years he served as the chair of a committee charged with overseeing the UWRF Broad Field Science Programs. He is a member of the AAPT and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).
Born and raised in Dunn County, WI, Earl Blodgett married Marguerite White on August 25, 1979. They have three children: Matthew, born in 1986; and twins Melissa and Jessica, born in 1989. Outside the workplace Dr. Blodgett is church chairperson and church choir director, and a regular participant in local school activities. He enjoys reading, running, and hobby farming. In 1989 he was honored for his work as chair of a Citizen's Task Force, which obtained approval for a new Elementary School in Boyceville, WI. He also chaired an advisory group that obtained approval for construction and remodeling of the junior and senior high schools in Boyceville, WI in 1999. Dr. Blodgett received his BS from UW-River Falls and his PhD from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.