Found primarily on the first floor of the Zurn Science Center, Dr. Nicholas Conklin is an assistant professor in the physics department. Whether he’s in the classroom breaking down “Hollywood physics” or in the lab explaining force and momentum of “frictionless” carts, Dr. Conklin shares his love of physics with students. Let’s find out all about him.

Hometown: Adrian, Mich.

High school: Lenawee Christian School

Favorite movie(s): “Star Wars” (original trilogy) and “Lord of the Rings”

Favorite TV show(s): “Chuck”

Top track on my iPod: “Graniteville” by Doug Burr

Favorite sports team(s): Michigan Wolverines

Something I love to do: Play video games

Fantasy job: Teaching physics

If I could have dinner with any three people, living or deceased, I’d pick: Both of my grandfathers, who I never met, and maybe C.S. Lewis (but not at the same time).

If I could live anywhere in the world, I’d live: Someplace warm with no snakes, spiders or natural disasters. Unicorns would be a plus.

Something about me people would be surprised to know: I don’t drink coffee.

Something I collect: Physics books

If I were an animal, I’d be: Sea turtle

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Eating as much as I want without gaining weight or having poor cholesterol.

Favorite place on campus: In the classroom

Favorite place in Erie: Presque Isle

Favorite food: Chocolate cake

Somebody I admire at Gannon: Dr. Phil Kelly. He is good-natured, intelligent, cares deeply about what he does and is equally respected by his students and fellow faculty/staff/administration.