Brief Bio -
I am currently Professor and Associate Chair for Astronomy in the
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University.
I am also President
of the Board of Directors for the SOAR Telescope, and recently
received the University Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013.
In the last few years, I was 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 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.