HPU Hires Barlow, Professor of Astrophysics

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 4, 2013 – The Department of Physics at High Point University recently hired Dr. Brad Barlow as assistant professor of astrophysics.

Dr. Barlow will be responsible for instructing introductory astronomy and various physics courses.

“It was clear to me the first time I set foot on campus that something was different about HPU,” says Dr. Barlow. “The physical campus itself exudes a unique beauty, but this quality also reflects the caliber of the educators here. I see it as a privilege to join the HPU family.”

As a professor of astrophysics, Barlow says he especially appreciates the emphasis HPU places on undergraduate research and hands-on experiences that go beyond simple classroom lectures. Students in his introductory astronomy classes will have the opportunity to carry out experiments with the robotic PROMPT telescopes in Chile, which Barlow uses regularly and has visited onsite multiple times in the past.

The PROMPT telescopes are accessible remotely, allowing HPU students to work with them on campus. Barlow says he would like to create a study abroad opportunity for students in the future.

“I spent several months living in Chile while working and observing with The Goodman Spectrograph on the 4.1-m SOAR telescope,” explains Barlow. “I plan to give physics majors similar opportunities by helping them control and collect data with the robotic PROMPT telescopes in Chile. Access to these facilities will allow them to conduct their own cutting-edge scientific research using real data from state-of-the-art facilities.”

Barlow earned a Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in astronomy and a Master of Science in physics with a concentration in astrophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in physics with minors in German and mathematics from Mississippi State University.

After completing his dissertation, Barlow held a two-year research position as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University.

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