Science Education Activities
As a science educator I believe that it is important for all scientists to
be actively involved in public outreach activities, so that all people can
appreciate the excitement and benefits of learning about science. I am the
founder of the Lake Afton Public
Observatory, and served as its Director or Executive Director for 24 years.
The Observatory celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2000, and has been
visited by more than 250,000th students and public viewers since it
opened. I was also the founder and Executive Director of the Fairmount Center for Science and
Mathematics Education. In addition to providing more than 400 programs and
learning kits for classroom teachers each year, the
As founder of the High
Performance Computer Center at
While at WSU, I also had an opportunity to serve as President of the Faculty Senate, chaired a committee that developed a new General Education program, chaired a committee that developed new university tenure and promotion guidelines and procedures, and edited the university's accreditation report. These experiences, along with many others, have given me a very broad perspective of the operation and issues that confront higher education today.