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Professor of Physics and Information Technology
(615) 547-1270
Memorial Hall, Room 309C
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
A.S., Young Harris College
B.S., Davidson College
M.A., Washington University, St. Louis
Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis

Bobby Nichols began teaching at Cumberland University in fall 2010.  He teaches algebra-based and calculus-based physics, physical science, engineering courses and information technology courses.  He advises students interested in engineering, mathematics, computer science and information technology. He actively participates as an event coordinator in the Tennessee State Science Olympiad.

He obtained a B.S. with honors in physics from Davidson College, where he also played Div. I tennis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis.  His graduate and post-graduate research career funded by NASA and DOE grants included appointments at Washington University, Purdue and Caltech, was multi-disciplinary in fields of physics, geo- and cosmo-chemistry, astronomy and astrophysics, and focused on the use of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to measure the isotopic compositions of many elements of cosmochemical significance.  Research over the last 30 years has resulted in at least 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and 50 conference abstracts and invited talks world-wide. His current research focuses on number theory problems.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Fuller C.F. and Nichols R.H. Jr. (2015) Generalized Anti-Waring Numbers. J. Int. Seq. 18, 15.10.5

Nichols R. (2006) Chronological constraints on planetesimal accretion. In Meteorites and the Early Solar System II (eds. D. S. Lauretta and H. Y. McSween), Tucson: University Arizona Press, pp. 463-472.

Nichols R. (2000) Short-lived radionuclides in meteorites: constraints on nebular timescales for the production of solids. Space Sci. Rev. 92, 113-122.

Nichols R., Kehm K. and Hohenberg C. (1995) Microanalytic Laser Extraction of Noble Gases: Techniques and Applications. In Advances in Analytic Geochemistry Vol. 2, (eds. M. Hyman and M. Rowe), pp. 119-140. JAI Press, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Nichols R., Hohenberg C., Kehm K., Kim Y. and Marti K. (1994) I-Xe studies of the Acapulco meteorite: absolute I-Xe ages of individual phosphate grains and the Bjurböle standard. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 58, 2553-2561.