B.S. California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Harvard University
Joined the Middlebury College faculty in 1969
I am a professor in the Department of Physics at Middlebury College, where I have been a member of the faculty since 1969. My current research centers around supernovae, supernova remnants, and the interstellar medium. Simply put, I am interested in how stars blow up, what is left after they do, and how they enrich the cosmos in heavy elements like oxygen, carbon, silicon, iron, etc.—the elements that play a crucial role in the development of planets and life on them.
I have taught most of the courses in the Physics Curriculum at Middlebury at one time or another, but I am now on Associate Status, teaching only in the Fall Term, when I teach two somewhat different versions of our introductory astronomy course.
A more-or-less complete CV can be found here.
My research is based on observations carried out across the electromagnetic spectrum, primarily optical (using facilities such as Kitt Peak National Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Gemini and the Hubble Space Telescope), and X-rays (primarily using the Chandra X-ray Observatory).
I am particularly interested in young supernova remnants—ones where we can still find clues about the nature of supernova explosions, the stars that led to them, and the debris that results.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): The Enigmatic X-Ray Emission from IC131 (Tüllmann et al. 2009)
Every Fall Term, I teach two versions of introductory astronomy:
Physics 0155, "Introduction to the Universe" is open to all students, regardless of background. For more details ab
Physics 0165, "Physics in the Universe" is a more analytical version, and is open to students who have taken Phys0109 (Newtonian Physics) or another college-level physics course (e.g., AP physics), and a semester of calculus (e.g., Math0112).
Courses offered in the past four years.
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PHYS0500 - Ind. Study & Special Topic
Independent Study and Special Topics
PHYS0705 - Senior Research & Thesis
Senior Research and Thesis
Independent research in the fall, winter, and spring terms culminating in a written thesis (two units total). (Approval required)