Niklas Manz

My 2019 ‘Career Path Story’ article “The Twists and Turns of a Dynamic, Nonlinear Career Path” in the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist Magazine.

The M&M Project at the College of Wooster: Microaggresssions
2021 – Associate Professor of Physics The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
2015 – 2021 Assistant Professor of Physics The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
2006 – 2015 Clinical Assistant Professor, Research Scientist SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, Bernice Porjesz’s lab Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory
2005 Adjunct Professor Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Tallahassee, FL
2003 – 2005 Leopoldina Postdoctoral Research Fellow Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Oliver Steinbock’s lab Complexity, Emergent Phenomena and Nonlinear Reaction Dynamics
2002 Research Associate Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, Markus Bär’s group Pattern Formation in Reaction-Diffusion Systems
2002 Dr. rer. nat. Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany, Institute of Experimental Physics, Stefan Müller’s group Biophysics
1997 Dipl. Phys. Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina at Braunschweig and National Institute of Natural and Engineering Sciences, Braunschweig, Germany, Uwe Keyser’s group Focal Points of Experimental Research
1991 Cand. Phys. Technical University Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Service and Synergistic Activities
2020-2024 Executive board Eastern Great Lakes Section of APS
2019 Co-organizer Spring 2019 OSAPS meeting at the College of Wooster


Ballroom dancing

Barefoot Living

I allow my feet to do what they are designed to do.

  • I go barefoot deliberately.
    • I do not take my shoes off, therefore I do not put shoes on in the first place.
    • I go barefoot to symbolize party and solidarity with all the other creatures of Earth, none of whom wear shoes.
  • I go barefoot as an expression of sensitivity and compassion.
    • I go barefoot as a practice of awareness and mindfulness.
    • Every barefoot step I take is an observance of the planet we all live on.
  • I have learned that every step is different.
    • I have learned that dirt and grass are better than concrete.
    • I have learned that moss in the woods is better than carpet.
    • I have learned that shade feels different than a sunny spot.
    • I have learned that snow can feel warm.
  • Everyone is different.
    • I have learned to accept people as they are and not ask them to conform to my way of thinking, doing, believing, or being.
  • Pseudoscience of Earthing
    • Being barefoot is not related to the pseudoscientific belief of Earthing (Grounding)!