Simon Capstick’s research is in the field of theoretical hadron physics, and focuses on properties of excited states of baryons like the proton and neutron, and their strong and electromagnetic interactions. His recent work has been designed to complement the baryon physics experimental program at Jefferson Lab, where he is a member of the GlueX theory advisory board. For several years he has taught a SCALE-UP Studio version of a course on the physics of motion, and he is currently developing a similar course for life-sciences majors. He is director of the Physics Department’s graduate program, an Associate Editor for Physical Review C, and is the PI for an award from the American Physical Society to establish a Bridge Program at FSU with the goal of increasing the number of minority students in US PhD programs in physics.
In 2014 he collaborated with Adam Santone from Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University to provide to CPALMS three videos for educators about the basis for his research; the first explains the substructure of atoms and the protons and neutrons in the nucleus; the second examines how short-wavelength light is used to study what is inside particles like protons and neutrons; and the third discusses antimatter.