Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Matthew S. Povich

Welcome

I recently (Fall 2012) joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona. This year I am teaching the introductory General Physics sequence (PHY 131, 132, and 133), and by next year I should be teaching in my primary discipline, astronomy, as well. In my astronomy research, I use multiwavelength (primarily infrared and X-ray) observations and modeling to study large-scale star-forming complexes in our Milky Way Galaxy.

The pace of discovery in astronomy over the last century has been head-spinning. I am fortunate, as a researcher, to have the opportunity to work at the frontiers of knowledge. For non-specialists, the imagery and philosophical implications of modern astronomy are extraordinarily compelling, while the language used by scientists to describe their discoveries in professional literature can be impenetrable. I strive to bridge the gap between professional scientists and everyone else through teaching and public outreach. In my classroom, I employ teaching strategies based on current education research, and students are challenged to take an active role in shaping their own learning experience. Beyond the classroom, I have presented at numerous public astronomy events and star parties.

On this website, you will find information on my research and teaching activities, as well as some personal stuff about me. Selected papers, talks, and posters I have written and developed are available for download. If you have questions or interest in my work, please contact me at the information below.

 

 

 

Website designed and developed by Kerean Grant Povich.

Material on this site is based partly upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant AST-0901646. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

© Matthew S. Povich 2011