Dr. Ben Sugerman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy publishes major research finding in Science Magazine.
Release date: June 15, 2006
Using the space-based Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes and the ground-based Gemini North Telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Dr. Ben Sugerman of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md. and his colleagues found a significant amount of heated dust in the remains of a massive star called supernova SN 2003gd. This discovery is important because it shows that supernovae can be significant contributors to dust formation. Dust particles in space are the building blocks of comets, planets, and life in the universe. Dr. Sugerman's paper on this research is published online in Science Express.
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Dr. Sugerman will join Goucher in the fall semester as a visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He will teach introductory astronomy and physics courses as well as upper-level modern physics course. He is looking forward to continuing his research with Goucher undergraduate students.