Scott Calvin has been using x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) since 1998 to study systems as diverse as solar cells, magnetic nanoparticles, soil samples, battery cathodes, analogues to atmospheric dust particles, and pigments used in 18th century painting. He is a member of the Principal Research Team for beamline X-11B at the National Synchrotron Light Source, was a National Academies Research Associate specializing in synchrotron science at the Naval Research Laboratory, and spent a sabbatical year providing beamline support at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. He has shared his expertise in XAFS spectroscopy in short courses across the world, including California, Illinois, New York, Belgium, and Thailand.
With a major in Astronomy and Physics and a minor in Classics from the University of California Berkeley, followed by a Ph. D. in Physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York, Dr. Calvin has taught in a wide variety of settings, including the Hayden Planetarium, Lowell High School, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of San Francisco, Examkrackers, and through Mirare Services, an educational company he ran in the 1990‘s. He is currently a member of the physics faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where he teaches innovative courses including Crazy Ideas in Physics, Rocket Science, and Steampunk Physics.