Brief Bio -
I am currently Professor and Chairperson of the
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.
I am also currently serving my second term as President of the Board of Directors of the SOAR Telescope. Among recent awards,
I received a University Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013,
a MSU College of Natural Science Award Faculty Mentoring Award in 2014, and
a Department of Physics and Astronomy Osgood Teaching Award in 2015.
Before I became Department chair in 2018, I was associate chair for astronomy
for a number of years. Some early service roles include
membership on the National Academy Panel on the Galactic Neighborhood as part
of the 2010 Decadal Survey for US Astronomy and Astrophysics and
co-directing directing the Center for the Study of Cosmic Evolution
at Michigan State for five years. Before coming to MSU, I was at
for four years as Asst. Professor and Director of Graduate
Studies in the Astronomy Dept. I was a Hubble Fellow at UC Berkeley
and a postdoctoral fellow at Durham in the UK, and I received
my PhD at Johns Hopkins University.
Research Interests -
My research currently focuses in the areas of black holes and neutron
stars in globular clusters, and the characteristics and origin of
multiple populations in globular clusters. To study these, my research
group and I use the SOAR Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, and the Chandra
X-ray Telescope extensively.
For much of my career I
have been interested in testing models for the formation and
evolution of galaxies and their globular clusters. The
paper trail tells the story more completely
SAO/NASA ADS compendium.