Dr. Jeff W. Robertson is Professor of Astrophysics and Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences
at Arkansas Tech University.
Growing up in Topeka Kansas, he enjoyed
dissections of animals, bugs and electronics, pyrotechnics involving kitchen & garage chemicals,
severe weather and tornados as well as reading tons of science fiction.
A little too much StarTrek and Star Wars likely embedded the idea in his head of venturing into space as an astronaut.
While obtaining a B.S. in physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, played too much pick-up basketball, ran around as the Jayhawk mascot, got married, and headed to graduate school. An M.S. from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Indiana University completed his transformation into scientist as well as dad to a daughter and twin sons.
Even though he never physically made it into space, he is a landlubber astronaut as he gets to go out and explore the cosmos each and every day, because astronauts don’t go to space every day, but astronomers do.
He studies binary stars with their complex interactions, follows faint asteroids, saving humanity from the fate of the dinosaurs, hunts for super-nova, works on instruments for telescopes, including the WIYN 3.5-meter at Kitt Peak National Observatory, builds hardware and creates software for the automation of robotic telescopes & observatories as well as for the analysis of astronomical images.
He helps train amateur astronomers to participate in relevant research with their equipment as part of the Center for Backyard Astrophysics (CBA). He has collaborations with amateur and professional astronomers in the U.S and around the world, writing grants, making observations, doing research and writing publications. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the American Meteorological Society and twice President of the Arkansas Academy of Science as well as a member of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society.
Date: Saturday, 3/26/2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central
Location: The Launch Pad / AR Innovation Hub, 201 East Broadway, Little Rock, AR 72114