Dr. Dan Liu has been teaching physics at the University of New Haven since 2012. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 and her master's degree from the East Normal University in 2008. She has taught university physics, both algebra-based and calculus-based and has also taught undergraduate laboratory classes for many years. The direction of her research is in theoretical condensed matter physics. She has used a combination of statistical mechanics and computer simulation to understand how interactions at the elementary level give rise to the collective properties of complex systems. She has successfully applied this methodology to the Ising model for insulators and the model of jammed disks for granular matters.
Her interests also include physics education research. Along with a bachelor's degree in physics education, she has teaching certificates in secondary physics from in China (2005) and the United States (2011). She was involved with the “Learning by Doing” project during 2005~2007 and the “Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Science” project in 2010.
To find out more about Dr. Liu, visit her website at http://math.newhaven.edu/dliu/