I started out as a physics major at a liberal arts college not too different from Rhodes! But my eyes were drawn to the heavens by the current golden age of astronomical discovery. I teach a range of astronomy and physics courses to both majors and non-majors, some of which use the 20-inch telescope in the Rhodes Observatory and our set of 8-inch Celestron telescopes. In my research lab students use spectroscopic data from some of the largest ground-based telescopes in the world (like the Gemini Observatory) and from space-based telescopes (like the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope to probe galaxy evolution.
Read the Gemini Observatory press release about Dr. Rupke's research here.
Find a Publication List at the Astrophysics Data System (ADS) here.
1998, B.S. Physics, Calvin College
2004, Ph.D. Physics, University of Maryland