HIGH POINT, N.C., May 11, 2017 – Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics, received the Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award during High Point University’s 2017 Commencement ceremony. The award recognizes a full-time faculty member for exemplary accomplishments in research and creative endeavors.
Barlow teaches introductory and advanced courses in physics and astronomy. He leads an astrophysics research group and advises numerous undergraduate research projects.
While participating in cutting-edge research involving pulsating stars, binary star systems and planets around other stars, Barlow also invests in training and inspiring the next generation of scientists. Working alongside his students as collaborators, he involves them in all aspects of astronomy research, including collecting observations at the telescope, writing code to reduce and analyze the data, and sharing results through publications and conferences. Barlow has led teams of students to Chile for an annual week-long summer research trip, allowing them to study pulsating stars with the telescopes they’ve been learning to use all year. To date, he has worked with 12 HPU students on 25 research projects. His mentorship has led to students discovering a rare pulsar system, discovering a pulsating white dwarf, building and testing a device with NASA, and receiving an honorable mention for a prestigious scholarship.
Referred to by Dr. Aaron Titus, physics department chair, as among the most prolific researchers in basic sciences in HPU’s history, he has authored and co-authored 94 scientific publications, all of which are available on NASA’s Astrophysics Database System. His work has appeared in such journals as Astrophysics Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Science. Since coming to HPU, he has submitted three research grant proposals to the National Science Foundation.
“I am incredibly honored to have been awarded the Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award for our research in the field of astronomy and astrophysics,” says Barlow. “We are lucky in the Department of Physics to attract phenomenal students, without whom some of this work would not have been possible. They have been with me every step of the way, staying up all night to observe at the telescope, writing their own computer code to reduce and analyze data, and even helping to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. I consider them not just my students but some of my closest collaborators.”
Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost, presented the award at HPU’s Commencement ceremony. He says Barlow is greatly admired and appreciated for his scholarship, leadership and commitment.
“Brad Barlow is one of the most gifted faculty members I have ever met,” he says. “His contributions to his profession, his humble willingness to work with all students, and his driving desire to make High Point University a destination point for physics and astronomy are evident to every individual in our community.”
Barlow came to HPU in 2013 with degrees from Mississippi State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did post-doctoral research at Penn State University.