I'm an adjunct instructor of Astronomy at William Paterson University. I am also the "Astronomy Liaison Coordinator" at WPU. This means I create do public events at WPU about current news in Astronomy, Physics and other sciences. I've taught introductory Astronomy at WPU since 2011. I try to make my class innovative and interesting, featuring unique assignments and activities. I've also created a series of over 100 videos covering most of introductory Astronomy. These videos are rigorous enough to be possibly used as a low-level, self-taught Astrophysics class.
My love of Astronomy started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." Join me under the stars.
We look up to look within
Conference Proceedings and Presentations
- HR Diagram of M80 Honors-Level undergraduate lab exercise to be done either online or as part of a three-hour lab session.
- 101 Astro Honors Laboratory Exercises using the Hubble Legacy Archive, the Digitized Sky Survey on MAST, and Stellar Spectral Catalogs American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #223, #451.09
- Extreme Urban Stargazing: Outreach in New York City. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, #201.04.
- Astronomy Outreach for Large and Unique Audiences. Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach. Proceedings of a Conference held at Tucson, Arizona, USA 4-8 August 2012.
- The Inwood Astronomy Project: Ready for IYA 2009. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #213, #465.11; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 41, p.413.
- Astronomy Outreach in Upper Manhattan, New York City. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #212, #50.05; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 40, p.246.
- The Inwood Astronomy Project: 100 Nights in Manhattan---An Outreach Initiative to Underserved Communities. Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-On Symposium ASP Conference Series, Vol. 400, proceedings of the conference held 1-5 June, 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in Conjunction with the 212th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
- MSc thesis, New Mexico State University (1993)
- The Effect of Time-Varying Density Fields on Cosmic Microwave Background radiation: A New Formulation. American Astronomical Society, 181st AAS Meeting, #18.05; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 24, p.1149
- Large-Scale Anisotropies in the Spatial Distributions of Am Stars and Ap Stars. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 22, p.866