Assistant Professor, YSU, 2004-present
Research Associate, Penn State Univ., 2000-2004
Teaching Postdoc, Univ. of British Columbia, 1998-2000
Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve Univ., 1997-1998
Instructor, Univ. of Waterloo, 1996-1997
Graduate Student, McMaster Univ., 1990-1996
Hi, and welcome to my Web page (such as it is). I am an astronomer and assistant professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at YSU. Prior to this position I was a Research Associate at Penn State University, working with Robin Ciardullo and Steinn Sigurdsson on studies of intracluster stars and planetary nebulae in nearby galaxies and galaxy clusters. I also carry out research on stars and stars clusters in nearby galaxies, in order to understand how galaxies formed and evolved. Further details on my research (past, present and future) can be found here. From this list above you can see that I get around just a little bit too much. The photo above is me at Kitt Peak National Observatory, where I was observing in March 2006.
I am also very interested in astronomy education, and I have not only taught many university-level classes in astronomy, but I have been involved in numerous public outreach events (telescope observing, demonstrations, public lectures, planetarium shows) for over 20 years. Further information on my teaching (course information, notes, etc) at YSU can be found here. I am also the director of the Ward Beecher Planetarium in Youngstown, OH.
As for other things...do I have time for other interests? Hell
NO yes! Hobbies include photography (digital and film), hockey (ah yes, a good Canadian boy...), gardending, and maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism; more information on what little I do outside of astronomy can be found here.
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy!