Dr. Bryan Penprase is the Director of the Frank P.
Brackett Observatory and is the Astronomy Program Coordinator. He
teaches archeoastronomy, introductory astronomy, astrophysics and does
research on quasar absorption lines, gamma ray bursts, the interstellar
medium, galactic structure, and nearby
Dr. Alma Zook teaches courses in optics, general
physics and the physics of music. Her research studies the physics of
active galactic nuclei and laboratory optics, and she has involved
several students in her observing campaigns of blazar variability using
the Pomona College 1-meter telescope.
Dr. Thomas Moore, the author of several
outstanding textbooks in general physics teaches the introductory
physics course and a popular course in general relativity. His research
involves gravitational waves, and he has been involved in research
studies for the LISA space-based gravitational wave telescope.
Dr. Tom Jarrett is a visiting instructor from
Caltech. He teaches the popular Life in the Universe course and is
involved in research with students on infrared astronomy. His research
studies the infrared properties of galaxies, and he was a lead
investigator with the 2MASS all-sky infrared survey.
Dr. Ann Esin, is an Assistant Professor of Physics
and Astronomy at Harvey Mudd College. She has taught the
Observational Astronomy and Introductory Astrophysics classes. Her
research is on active galactic nuclei and she has worked on
observational and theoretical topics including optical and x-ray
astronomy, and more recently has been using the Pomona 1-meter
telescope to study clusters of young stars.
Further information on the faculty in the physics and
astronomy department at Pomona College can be found at the Pomona
College Physics Faculty page.