Paul Bloom

Associate Professor of Physics


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I was born and raised in the San Jaquin valley of central California.  College took me to Portland Oregon, where I still love to visit.  I spent the majority of my time in graduate school living in Naperville and working at Fermilab.  After earning my Ph.D. I did postdoctoral work for McGill University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, but I spent my time at TRIUMF in Vancouver BC and the Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory in the San Francisco Bay area.  I then taught for three years as a visiting professor at Swarthmore College, before returning to Naperville and beginning my career at NCC in 2006.

While my research area is experimental particle physics, since arriving at NCC I have expanded my interests to include astrophysics, cosmology, and most recently climate science.  In addition to teaching across the physics curriculum, I developed a course on climate change which I teach regularly.  I have mentored students in summer research doing a variety of projects in particle physics instrumentation and data reduction and in a variety of instructional instrumentation projects.

Courses Taught

Introductory and Modern Physics


Classical Dynamics

Electromagnetic Theory

Quantum Mechanics

Advanced Laboratory

The Science of Climate Change, Energy and the Environment