DEPT CHAIRPhysics & Astronomy
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a minor in Mathematical Sciences, University of Iowa,1990
M.S., University of California - San Diego, 1991.
Ph.D. University of California - San Diego, 1996,
Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at University of California - San Diego, 1996.
My current research focuses primarily on asteroids spin vector orientations. Along with several other faculty members and students, we are measuring the light curves of asteroids with the intention of determining the orientaion of their axes of rotation. The observations are carried out at Hobbs Observatory, located in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. We hope that our work will allow a deeper understanding of the structure of these asteroids and the collision in which this family was created.
I have also been involved in the study of gamma-ray bursts observed by the Burst and Transient Source Experiment. I spent most of my time on spectroscopy and worked in collaboration with teams at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science at UCSD, Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.