Professor of Physics & Astronomy, College of Charleston, & University of Charleston, SC


Department of Physics & Astronomy
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424

email: ....... office: 843-953-5325 ....... fax: 843-953-4824


PUBLICATIONS: 179 publications including 53 refereed and invited review papers, 69 edited conference proceeding papers, and 57 meeting abstracts

GRANTS and CONTRACTS: Investigator on over 150 research programs sponsored by NASA, NSF, STScI, NOAO, ESA, and others. Over $2 million has been awarded for those programs on which I am the Principal Investigator.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: (1) stellar chromospheres and coronae; solar-stellar and solar-terrestrial connections; plasma astrophysics (2) circumstellar matter in protoplanetary systems; (3) local interstellar medium; (4) high-resolution spectroscopy; coordinated space-based and ground-based multiwavelength observing campaigns; robotic telescopes

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (1) College of Charleston: "Introductory Astronomy", a 2-semester lecture and laboratory course. "Energy Production" (junior level; includes lab). "Stellar Astronomy & Astrophysics" (junior-level). "Experimental Astronomy" (junior/senior level). "Astrophysics" (senior level). "Energy Production and Resource Management", a graduate course in Environmental Studies. "Research Seminar" (junior-level). Supervised about 50 Independent Study Research Courses and Senior Theses. (2) State University of New York: Taught "Introduction to the Solar System" and "The Search For Life in the Universe". (3) Bucknell University: Instructor for 2 Physics and 1 Astronomy laboratory courses. Supervised 5 undergraduate teaching assistants. Guest lectures in Light and Vision course. (4) Penn State University: Guest lectures in graduate Stellar Atmospheres course, taught the undergraduate Honors Seminar, and supervised Independent Research courses. (5) University of Colorado and University of Iowa: Instructor for 4 Physics laboratory classes and for 8 Astronomy laboratory classes and Tutor in math, physics, astronomy, and chemistry. (6) Thesis Advisor for one Ph.D. and two undergraduate Honors thesis. Provided financial support and scientific supervision for over 30 student research assistants. (7) Presented 30 colloquia and invited review talks at international meetings. Trip leader for solar eclipse expedition; presented many public lectures and observatory public nights.

ACADEMIC SERVICE: College of Charleston: Faculty Advisory Committee to the President; President's Information Technology Council; Faculty Educational Technology Committee; Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness Committee (Subcommittee Chair for Departmental Assessments); Biology Chair Search Committee; CofC/UVI Steering Committee; Environmental Institute Committee; Observatory Manager; Miscellaneous Departmental Committees. Penn State University: Chair, Black Moshannon Observatory Operations Committee (chair); Observatories Committee. University of Colorado: Internal Review Team for Physics Dept. Program Review, Graduate Student/Faculty Liaison. University of Iowa: Chapter President, Society of Physics Students

HONORS AND AWARDS: "Distinguished Research Award", College of Charleston (2003); "In Praise of Teaching" honoree, College of Charleston (2002); Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century; NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Xi; Sigma Pi Sigma; U. of Colorado Graduate Fellowship; U. of Iowa Honors Scholarship; State of Iowa Scholarship; Maytag Foundation Fellowship

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Panel Member, Review of NASA Astrophysics Research and Data Analysis Program, 2010-2011; NASA Origins of Solar Systems proposal review; three NASA FUSE review panels (and panel chair); two NASA CHANDRA review panels (and vice-chair); two NASA IUE review panels; NASA UV, Visible, and Gravitational Astrophysics Research \& Analysis review panel; NASA Orfeus/SPAS~II review panel; NASA EUVE review panel; NASA Astrophysics Data Program review panel; NASA Long-Term Space Astrophysics review panel; NSF Stellar Astrophysics Review Panel; NSF Star-Planet Interactions Review Panel; NSF Ad Hoc reviews; Journal Referee for Astrophysical Journal, ApJ Letters, Astronomical Journal, Astronomy \& Astrophysics, American Journal of Physics, Astronomische Nachrichten; National Solar Observatory Telescope Allocation Committee; Scientific Advisory Committee, Hobby-Ebberly Telescope; IAU Working Group for Multiwavelength Astrophysics; Local Organizing Committee, AAS High-Energy Astrophysics Division Meeting (Chair), 1999; Local Organizing Committee and Scientific Organizing Committee (Co-Chair), 4th SONG Workshop, 2011; Scientific Organizing Committee, 2nd MUSICOS Workshop



OBSERVING EXPERIENCE: 307 nights on 6 different NOAO telescopes, 66 nights at the McDonald Observatory 2.7m telescope and 2.1m telescope, 65 nights at Mt. Stromlo Observatory 1.9m telescope, and 6 nights at Siding Spring Observatory. Over 80 observing shifts with the International Ultraviolet Explorer. Experience with the NRAO/VLA and with several orbiting telescopes (HST, FUSE, EUVE, EXOSAT, GINGA, ROSAT,), and I have made extensive use of the optical and radio observatory facilities at the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado, Penn State University, and the College of Charleston.

last update: 30 December 2014
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