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Yanina Goddard Assistant Professor of Physics Meet Our Faculty What She Teaches at PVCC Yanina teaches all the physics classes at PVCC including Elements of Physics, General College Physics and University Physics. "Physics is the most exciting subject," said Yanina. "It affects all aspects of your everyday life. How celestial bodies move, why some turns on roads are banked, how blood flows in your body, what makes it possible for you to see or think, what runs the modern economy. Those are just some questions that we discuss in class." Yanina uses a lot of demonstrations in her classes to explain the laws of physics. She enjoys the students' reactions to the sparks flying when she explains electricity and the upside down bucket of water when she lectures on gravity and circular motion. "Science is fun!" What She Likes Best about Teaching "Hands down, it's the students," said Yanina. "There are a lot of students here who study hard, have goals and 16 PVCC Spring 2013 Class Schedule For schedule updates, visit want to learn." Yanina said she also enjoys the sense of community and getting to know her students thanks to the small class size at PVCC. Credentials Yanina received a Specialist Physicist, Teacher degree (equivalent to a Master of Science degree in physics with minors in math and education) from Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine. She was also awarded a Ph.D. in Applied Science from the College of William & Mary. Before she came to PVCC, she worked at the University of Virginia. She has presented at professional conferences and been published in a variety of professional peer- reviewed journals. Yanina's native language is Russian, and she is fluent in English and Ukrainian. What She Likes to do in Her Spare Time Whether it's a short trip to the beach or across the ocean to her husband's native country of Ireland, Yanina likes to spend time with her family. "We're travel junkies." Do you have a natural curiosity about and passion for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? If so, you may be perfectly suited for a career in STEM. High-paying jobs in STEM professions are predicted to be in demand through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. PVCC can help you prepare for a STEM career. Check out for more details. Advisors in PVCC's Admissions and Advising Center can help, too. Call 434.961.6551 or email

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