Michael Waxman

Dr. Michael

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Michael’s research interests include laser spectroscopy, kinetic phenomena in gases, polymer thermodynamics, biofuels; chemistry and physics pedagogy.


  • Waxman, M.A. (2022). The Giants That Move Glaciers: A Simple Integrative Activity in Teaching Thermodynamics. The Chemical Educator (27). 44-46.
  • Gainer, A. Waxman, M.A. (2021). Sliding on an Arbitrarily Shaped Incline with Friction. The Physics Teacher (59) (2). 117-119.
  • Waxman, M.A. (2016, August 9-11). Raising Personal Interactions And Feedback In Distance-Learning Introductory And Advanced Science Classes [Conference presentation]. Proceedings of the 32nd Distance Teaching and Learning Conference.
  • Waxman, M.A. (2016). Reinforcing Harmonic Oscillators in Electrostatics. Physics Education (32) (1). 1-4.
  • Zuo, D., Lane, J.W., Culy, D., Schultz, M., Pullar, A., Waxman, M.A. (2013). Sulfonic acid functionalized mesoporous SBA-15 catalysts for biodiesel production. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (129) 342-350.
  • Lane, J.W., Hlina, P., Hukriede, K., Jersett, A., Koirala, D., Stewart, A., Waxman, M.A. (2012). Probing Wisconsin Highbush Cranberry (V. Trilobum), Dotted Horsemint (M. Punctata), and American Hazelnut (C. Americana) as Potential Biodiesel Feedstocks. Industrial Crops and Products (36) (1). 531-535.
  • Lane, J.W., Hlina, P., Hukriede, K., Jersett, A., Koirala, D., Levings, D., Stewart, A., Waxman, M.A. (2012). Synthesis And Characterization Of New Biodiesels Derived From Oils Of Plants Growing In Northern Wisconsin And Minnesota. Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (89) (4). 721-725.  
  • Waxman, M.A. (2010). Exploring Rotations Due to Radiation Pressure: 2D to 3D Transition Is Interesting! The Physics Teacher (48) (1). 30.
  • Waxman, M.A. (2010). Using physics to investigate blood flow in arteries: A case study for pre-med students. American Journal of Physics (78) (9). 970-973.
  • Waxman, M.A. (2009). Helping Students to Grasp the Formula for Centripetal Acceleration. Journal of College Science Teaching (39) (2). 8.


  • 2010 – Max H. Lavine Award for Scholarly Contributions to Contemporary Concerns, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 2005 – Annual Award for Excellence in Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 2001 – Annual Award for Excellence in Research, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 1999 – Gustav Ohaus Award for Innovation in College Science Teaching, National Science Teachers Association