Published Papers

1. 1980
The Physics Teacher, 18, 318,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Spark Chamber Demonstration Apparatus"

2. 1981
American Journal of Physics, 49, 507 - 508,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Buoyant Force Analog: A Demonstration for the Vertical Stage Overhead Projector"

3. 1983
Computer Physics Communications, 28, 337 - 353,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., and C. M. Leung
"DUSTCD: A Radiative Transport Code for Spherically Symmetric Dust Clouds"

4. 1983
American Journal of Physics, 51, 475,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Laser Beam Deflection by Thermal Gradient"

5. 1983
American Journal of Physics, 51, 848 - 850,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Rubens' Flame Tube Demonstration: A Closer Look at the Flames"

6. 1985
Icarus, 61, 27 - 35,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., and C. M. Leung
"Radiative Transfer in Disk Geometry: Emergent Intensity from Cool Gray Disks"

7. 1986
American Journal of Physics, 54, 1146,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Comment on 'Demonstration of Longitudinal Standing Waves in a Pipe Revisited'"

8. 1987
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 37, 565 - 580,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., and C. M. Leung
"Numerical Solution of the Radiation Transport Equation in Disk Geometry"

9. 1988
Computer Physics Communications, 48, 271 - 292,
M. P. Egan, C. M. Leung, and G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"CSDUST3: A Radiation Transport Code for a Dusty Medium with 1-D Planar, Spherical, or Cylindrical Geometry"

10. 1991
American Journal of Physics, 59, 360 - 363,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Teaching Astronomy for the Blind: Providing a Lecture and Laboratory Experience"

11. 1991
The Astrophysical Journal, 379, 232 - 244,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., C. M. Leung, and M. P. Egan
"Radiation Transport in Dust in Disk Geometry. I. Application to Externally Heated Interstellar Clouds"

12. 1997
in Conference on the Introductory Physics Course on the Occasion of the Retirement of Robert Resnick,Jack Wilson, Editor. Pages 233-235. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.
George F. Spagna, Jr.
"Use of Spreadsheets in the Introductory Course at a 4-year Liberal Arts College"

13. 2002

in The Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture, 3rd Edition, The Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut and London (Thomas Inge and Dennis Hall, Editors), pages 1601-1623. George F. Spagna, Jr. and Elizabeth Barnaby Keeney "Science"

14. 2002

in Scientific American, Volume 287, Number 2 (August 2002), page 95, Ask the Experts feature: George Spagna, "What is a Blue Moon?"

15. 2004

in Scientific American’s Ask the Experts: Answers to the Most Puzzling and Mind-Blowing Science Questions, Harper Collins General Books Group, New York, (Scientific American Editors). Page 13, George Spagna, “What is a Blue Moon?” Page 19, George Spagna, “Why and How do Planets Rotate?”

Abstracts and Conference Presentations

1. 1982
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 14, 968,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., and C. M. Leung
"Radiative Transport in Disk Geometry: Thermal Structure of Dust Clouds"

2. 1983
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 15, 930,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., and C. M. Leung
"Radiative Transport in Disk Geometry: Emergent Intensity"

3. 1984
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 16, 961,
G. F. Spagna, Jr., and C. M. Leung
"Effects of Source Geometry on Continuum Radiation Transport"

4. 1985
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 17, 847,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Transport of Continuum Radiation in Disk Geometry"

5. 1986
Presented at the Summer School on Interstellar Processes
G. F. Spagna, Jr. and C. M. Leung
"Modeling of Infrared Flux Spectra from Disk-Shaped Interstellar Dust Clouds"

6. 1987
AAPT Announcer, 17, 46,
W. T. Franz, E. H. Maddry, and G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"A Laboratory Serving Many Introductory Courses"

7. 1987
AAPT Announcer, 17, 107,
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Who Takes College Physics? -- Measuring the Impact of High School Physics"

8. 1989
Presented at the Labs for Liberal Learning Conference, Hunter College, New York.
William T. Franz, James M. Borgwald, and George F. Spagna, Jr. "Discovery Oriented Introductory Physics Laboratory"

9. 1991
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 23, 1444
G. F. Spagna, Jr.
"Liberal Arts Astronomy Laboratory at Randolph-Macon College" [Invited presentation]

10. 1993
Presented at the Conference on the Introductory Physics Course, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
1993 May 21
George F. Spagna, Jr.
"Use of Spreadsheets in the Introductory Course at a 4-year Liberal Arts College"

11. 1996
AAPT Announcer, 26, 73
Calvin S. Kalman & George F. Spagna, Jr.
"Helping Students See the Big Picture: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Science Teaching"
[Invited presentation]

12. 1999 Mathematics and Science Colloquium, Mary Washington College Virginia Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers George F. Spagna, Jr. "This is not your father's physics course!" [Invited presentation, 1999 July 14]

13. 2000 Math and Science Colloquium, Longwood College Virginia Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers George F. Spagna, Jr. "Mail Planes, Moon Shots, and the Exploration of Space" [Invited Presentation, 2000 July 11]

14. 2000 Mid-East Region of the Astronomical League - Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies Conference and "Star Party" George F. Spagna, Jr. "Mail Planes, Moon Shots, and the Exploration of Space" (expanded version) [Invited Presentation, 2000 September 23]

15. 2001 Virginia Community College System - Science Peer Group Conference George F. Spagna, Jr. "Mail Planes, Moon Shots, and the Exploration of Space" (expanded version) [Invited Presentation, 2001 February 23]

16. 2002 Virginia Amateur Astronomy Society George Spagna "C.U.R.T. - the Center of the Universe Radio Telescope Project" [Invited Presentation, 2002 October 5]

17. 2006 Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies George Spagna “Titan: From Vonnegut to Cassini-Huygens”
[Invited Presentation, 2006 September 30]

18. 2007 68th annual meeting, Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church George Spagna “Toward a Quantum Theology”
[Invited Presentation, Desmond Tutu Center, General Theological Seminary, New York, 2007 November 9]