The Department of Physics and Astronomy Welcomes Dr. Sarah Dodson-Robinson

November 25, 2013 - Sarah Dodson-Robinson will be the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s newest professor starting January 2014.  Dr. Dodson-Robinson received her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics on June 2008 at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Her main areas of research are in planet formation and planetary archaeology.   She primarily uses analytical theory and numerical simulations of the dynamical and chemical environment of planet growth to uncover the formation histories of exoplanets and Solar System objects.  Dr. Dodson-Robinson was previously employed as an assistant professor at the University of Texas.

Dr. Dodson-Robinson has also received multiple honors and awards for her recent work and research.  In 2013, she received the Annie Jump Cannon award from the American Astronomical Society.  She also received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for her work titled “Giant Planets in Dusty Disks.”  While at the University of Texas Dr. Dodson-Robinson was honored as a Charter Member into the Society for Teaching Excellence.  

In Spring 2014, Dr. Dodson-Robinson will be teaching PHYS144 Concepts of the Universe.  In this course students will survey astronomy emphasizing early and modern concepts. Stars, planets, galaxies, cosmic evolution and intelligent life are studied in the context of physical principles which describe the dynamics of the universe. The scientific process is used to interpret observations that shape our perceptions of the cosmos.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy is excited to have Dr. Sarah Dodson-Robinson for the upcoming new year!