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John Smetanka

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PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Higher Ed: Science 

BIO

Education

B.S. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1989 (with University Honors)
M.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 1991
Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 1997

Awards

1999 Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, Saint Vincent College
Distinguished Faculty Award, Pathways to Success, Saint Vincent College, 2002

Grants and Grant Funded Projects

Project Director, Lancy Scholars Program, Summer 2003, Summer 2004.
Project Director, Interdisciplinary Summer Research Program, Summer 2001, Summer 2002.
Project Director, CAPE/NASA Grant, 2000-01 Academic Year
Exploring the Earth, Sun, and Stars.
Faculty Member, Teacher Enhancement Institute, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003.
Faculty Member, Pathways to Success, 1998--2005
Saint Vincent College Team Member, SENCER Institute, August 2003 

EXPERTISE

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics Education 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Promoting General Science Education through Civic Engagement, presentation at the AAPT Western Section Meeting, October 2003.

Revising the Natural Sciences Component of the Saint Vincent College Core Curriculum - An Interdepartmental Effort, (with Bruce Bethke and Matt Fisher) presented at the SENCER Summer Institute, Santa Clara University, August 2003.

The Saint Vincent College Interdisciplinary Summer Research Program, (with Cynthia Walter) presented at the National Conferences for Undergraduate Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2003.

Exploring the Earth, Sun, and Stars Project - A mid-year Project Report, presentation at the AAS meeting (joint with the AAPT), San Diego, CA, January 2001.

A Celestial Navigation Lesson for Middle School Students (with Ryan Elwell), presentation at the AAS meeting (joint with the AAPT), San Diego, CA, January 2001.

The Spectroscopic Properties of Star-Forming Galaxies at Intermediate Redshift (z ~ 0.4), presented at the AAS meeting, Rochester, NY, June 2000.

Looking Through Spiral Galaxies (with Jayson Kowinsky) presented at AAPT PA Western Section meeting, October 2000.

The Metalicity of Star-Forming Galaxies at Intermediate Redshift, presented at AAPT PA Western Section meeting, October 2000.

Munn, J. et al., The Kitt Peak Galaxy Redshift Survey with Multicolor Photometry: Basic Data, ApJS 109:4577.