This is a photo I took in the Badlands of South Dakota. It pretty well describes my personality.
I am nearing the end of my third year as a visiting assistant professor at West Virginia University in the Department of Physics. In addition to teaching introductory physics courses and intermediate courses for the physics majors, I am also working on course development. Specifically, I have written several of the introductory laboratory experiments and am currently working on a web-based course on the solar system. I have also begun working on some research which focuses on understanding the physics of the solar wind.
From 1990-1996 I was a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. My thesis research was in computational astrophysics and my thesis abstract is available. Most of my large simulations were run on computers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
Photography is a big hobby of mine and here is a picture of me taken in the Bighorn Mountains by Ralph Williams. Cloud Peak lies far in the background.
As an undergraduate I attended Penn State University.
I still maintain a strong interest in astronomy and always enjoy good astronomical images.
I am also very interested in the study of the Earth's Climate and its geology.
I love the outdoors and spend as much time in the backcountry as possible. There are a variety of places I would like to visit including the Arctic/Antarctic, Iceland, New Zealand, Patagonia, and the Himalayas. (Don't get the idea that I would like to climb Mt. Everest. I would just like to hang out in the "lowlands".") Whether I will ever get there is another question.
For those of you still job hunting like me, the Young Scientists' Network is often useful.
I am originally from Pittsburgh so I read the Tribune Review to keep up to date.
And lastly I couldn't do without espn for general sports coverage.
March 6, 2000 - ( firstname.lastname@example.org)