Physics and AstronomyDepartmentphysicsandastronomy.vassar.edu
The department offers majors and correlate sequences in physics and astronomy. Research opportunities include ultrafast lasers for studying nanostructures, a reverberation chamber for architectural acoustics, optical biophysics experiments, physics education and pedagogy, as well as ground- and space-based telescope data for the studies of exoplanets and galactic structures. Students also have access to a wide range of computational resources for class projects or independent studies. On campus, students have access to 8’’, 20’’, and 32’’ telescopes (the larger equipped with charge-coupled devices) and a spectrograph in the Class of 1951 Observatory. Students can participate in faculty research during the year or summer. The department is also a member of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium which has a summer exchange program and student conferences during the year. The department also serves as the primary link to the 3-2 Dual Degree program in Engineering with our partner institution, Dartmouth College.
Debra M. Elmegreen Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair and Department Chair
AB, Princeton University; AM, PhD, Harvard University
Keith A. Hall Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
BS, Stony Brook University; PhD, Texas A&M University
Jenny Magnes Associate Professor of Physics
BA, Delaware State University; BS, University of Maryland; MA, PhD, Temple University
Jose G. Perillan Assistant Professor of Physics and Science, Technology and Society
BA, BS, MA, PhD, University of Rochester
David R. Rishell Lecturer and Lab Coordinator in Physics
BA, Colgate University; MS, SUNY Plattsburgh
Colette Salyk Assistant Professor of Astronomy
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, PhD, California Institute of Technology.
Janet Sheung Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
BS, California Institute of Technology; MS, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign