Ph.D. in physics, Fordham University, New York City
B.A. in Mathematics, Emmanuel College, Boston
As an educator, I've developed and taught physics, mathematics, philosophy, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary courses at all levels. I've served on numerous academic faculties: Golden Gate University, San Francisco; Emmanuel College, Boston; St. John's College, Boston; Dominican University, San Rafael, California; and John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California.
I've developed and taught writing classes and workshops at community colleges and through various writers' organizations, including Emeritus College (Diablo Valley College), California Writers Club, and Sisters in Crime.
As a physicist, I carried out experimental physics research in spectroscopy at Fordham University in New York, and in high-temperature high-pressure physics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. I provided technical support to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission pre- and post-Three Mile Island, consulting at commercial reactors throughout the country. I also worked on problems of nuclear waste management and co-authored a book on the subject.
I've had more than 20 mystery novels published, plus numerous short stories and articles in both technical and popular magazines and websites. More information about publications is at http//:www.minichino.com
- on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
- on the faculty of various community colleges and outreach programs
- on the Board of Northern CA Mystery Writers of America
- member of Sisters in Crime
- member of California Writers Club
• Jack London Award from the California Writers Club, 2007
• Excellence in editing awards from the Society of Technical Communication, 2003 through 2008
SELECTED POPULAR PUBLICATIONS
The Hydrogen Murder
The Helium Murder
The Lithium Murder
The Beryllium Murder
The Boric Acid Murder
The Carbon Murder
The Nitrogen Murder
The Oxygen Murder
Writing as MARGARET GRACE:
Murder in Miniature
Mayhem in Miniature
Malice in Miniature
Mourning in Miniature
Monster in Miniature
Mix-up in Miniature
Madness in Miniature
Manhattan in Miniature
Matrimony in Miniature
Writing as ADA MADISON:
The Square Root of Murder
The Probability of Murder
A Function of Murder
The Quotient of Murder
Writing as JEAN FLOWERS:
Death Takes Priority
Cancelled by Murder
Addressed to Kill
How to Live with an Engineer
SELECTED SHORT PIECES
The Fluorine Murder
The Neon Ornaments
The Sodium Arrow
Majesty in Miniature
Essays in Mystery Readers Journal
Articles in Ezine
SELECTED SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
"Experimental Very High Pressure Equation of State and Thermophysical Properties of Liquid Ta and W," Proceedings of the American Physical Society December, 1975, UCRL 77360, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with G. R. Gathers and J. W. Shaner.
"A New Apparatus for Thermophysical Measurements Above 2500 K," High Temperatures-High Pressures, 1976, Vol. 8, pp. 425-429, with G. R. Gathers and J. W. Shaner.
"Thermophysical Properties of Liquid Tantalum and Molybdenum," May 26, 1977, UCRL 79344, with G. R. Gathers and J. W. Shaner.
Nuclear Waste Management Abstracts, with Richard Heckman, Plenum Press, New York, 1982.
"Inspection Methods for Safeguards Systems at Nuclear Facilities," Nuclear Science Symposium, Proceedings, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering, San Francisco, October, 1981.
"Physical Protection Inspection Methods," prepared for Office of Inspection and Enforcement, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, December, 1981.
ANSI N15.38 and Supplementary Standards, for American National Standards Institute Committee on methods of Nuclear Material Control, 1981.
Philosophy of Science
"Critical Dimensions in the Sociology of Science: Merton Vs Kuhn," with Richard Wunderlich, Red Feather Institute for Advanced Studies in Sociology, January, 1980.
Book Reviewer for Review of Metaphysics Journal
Book Reviewer for The Yankee Book Peddler
"The Role of the National Laboratories in Science Education," American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, January 1989.
"The Role of the National Laboratories in Science Education," National Science Teachers Association Meeting, Corvallis, Oregon, June, 1989.
"Fusion Energy: Meeting the Challenge," Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Booklet, 1988.
"Team LOGO Meets Newton and Maxwell," National Educational Computing Conference, Nashville, 1990, with S. C. Sesko.
"LOGO and Nuclear Physics," National Educational Computing Conference, Phoenix, 1991, with S. C. Sesko.