Brief Bio -
I am currently Professor and Associate Chair for Astronomy in the
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.
I am on the Board of Directors for the SOAR Telescope, and
was recently on the National Academy Panel on the Galactic
Neighborhood as part of the 2010 Decadal Survey for US Astronomy
and Astrophysics. I was also a director of the Center for the Study
of Cosmic Evolution at Michigan State for the previous five years,
and had the pleasure of co-chairing a program
on globular clusters from Jan-Apr 2009 at the Kavli Institute for
Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara.
Before coming to MSU, I was at Yale University for four years
as Asst. Professor and Director of Graduate
Studies in the Astronomy Dept. Earlier, I was a
Hubble Fellow at UC Berkeley and a postdoctoral fellow at Durham in the UK. I
received my PhD at Johns Hopkins University.
Research Interests -
My research is
primarily in extragalactic
astronomy, with a long-standing focus on the formation and evolution
of galaxies. Much of my work in this area uses the properties of
globular cluster systems of galaxies to test models of galaxy formation
and evolution. I have recently also been
working on black holes and neutron stars in extragalactic
globular clusters. As a result, I am now working on a long review
on "Black Holes in Globular Clusters" for Physics Reports . The
paper trail tells the story more completely.