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Jacob Albert Hale
Physics is an integral part of who I am. At home I see my kindergarten age daughter on the porch crushing shells with a rock and a sign taped to the wall that says “fiziks laboratory” (she asked me how to spell the second word). At school I create the same exploratory environment for my students, one filled with the wonder of Physics. As the first kid in my family line with interest or experience in science, I struggled through high school science, but my home taught me the love of learning. I fueled the love to learn at Brigham Young University where I wrote a thesis on the electroluminescence of cadmium-selenide quantum dots, the end result of 2.5 years of undergraduate research. After graduating in 2004 with my BS in Physics, I moved to Indiana and studied biophysics at Purdue University. At Purdue, I studied the mechanics, dynamics, and kinematics of molecules in cancer cell membranes, using a home-built total-internal-reflection microscope. I loved my coursework, my lab work, and my teaching assignments, so after graduating in 2010 with my PhD, and a wonderful year as a visiting instructor at Ithaca College, I happily landed a job teaching at DePauw. Here I have engaged students in Physics through classroom activity, in research, in independent studies, and projects, social activities, and outreach that are part of our local chapter of SPS. I have been highly engaged in building inclusion and equity into our department, programs, and institution. I love Physics and love helping all others find a sense of belonging in our Physics family.