BA, University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Texas
Soft Condensed Matter
Dr. Franklin studies geometrically cohesive granular materials, a particular form of soft matter that shows dramatic entanglement due to their shape. Examples include bird nests, haystacks, and clothes hangers, which all form rigid piles and resist untangling as they become intertwined.
Dr. Franklin also maintains an active lab in physics education. Current projects include faculty engagement with diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and justice programs and, separately, how faculty develop and show empathy towards their students and colleagues.
In the News
November 4, 2022
NSF grant funds RIT postdoctoral fellows in STEM education research
The National Science Foundation has awarded RIT $1.2 million for a cohort of four postdoctoral fellows to conduct STEM discipline-based education research. Each fellow will work with two mentors, encouraging cutting-edge research at the interface of traditional disciplines.
April 2, 2019
RIT to host science education researchers from around the globe for PEER workshop July 5-13
RIT is inviting scholars from across the globe for a workshop this summer to foster innovative research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a focus on developing junior and emerging researchers.