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Meet Christina Othon

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., University of Iowa

Born and raised in Illinois, I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I have a passion for science which I love to share with students. My background is in Soft Condensed Matter Physics and Biophysics. My research now focuses on how liquid dynamics can modify and regulate biological processes. I have had a very diverse career that allowed me to work closely with researchers in other disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and medicine. This experience has informed my teaching and mentoring of undergraduate research students. I aim to demonstrate to students in other majors, how physics can inform topics in their own disciplines.


Icon for: What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? Student-centered experiential learning.

What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? Student-centered experiential learning.

Icon for: What are three words that best describe your teaching style: Energetic, dedicated, and accessible.

What are three words that best describe your teaching style: Energetic, dedicated, and accessible.

Icon for: What is something you've experienced that makes Ripon College special? The community is small, but also very friendly.

What is something you’ve experienced that makes Ripon College special? The community is small, but also very friendly.



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Emily Tetzlaff '20

We’re still here: Emily Tetzlaff ’20

In the fall, Emily Tetzlaff ’20 of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, will be attending Pacific University to pursue a doctor of optometry degree. At Ripon, she is […]

Julia Goeks '21, left, and Christina Othon

Work by Christina Othon, Julia Goeks ’21 highlighted in several presentations

A paper about small biopreservative sugars by Christina Othon, associate professor of physics, Julia Goeks ’21 of Lake Forest, Illinois, and coauthors has been published […]

Photographic image of a black hole

Ripon alumna Ann Ewing ’41 coined the term ‘black hole’ in space terminology

The first-ever image of a black hole, a space phenomenon located in a distant galaxy, was released Wednesday with details published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. […]