Rob Knop : Physics & Astronomy

I am currently teaching physics, astronomy, and related subjects at Quest University Canada. (Here is my entry on the faculty section of the Quest web page.) Quest is on the block system, whereby students take only one class at a time. The class is very intense, and lasts for three and a half weeks. See my Classes page for more information about the classes I teach.

In past incarnations, I was an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. Before that, as a post-doc at LBNL, I was part of one of the two teams that discovered that the expansion of our Universe is accelerating. I was one of the core member of the team doing the work that garnered Saul Perlmutter the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. After Vanderbilt, I took a couple years off from academia, and was a computer engineer at Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life.

My research interests are broad at the moment, and I'm still figuring out where I'm going to focus. They include cosmology, interacting and active galaxies, and the use of virtual worlds as a platform for scientific collaboration and scientific visualization.

I'm also a science blogger, with my blog Galactic Interactions.

Curriculum Vitae


Physics & Astronomy Education Resources

Physics & Astronomy Movies and Animations

Physcis & Astronomy Java Applets & Applications

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