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Michael Allen, PhD
Senior Instructor
Physics & Astronomy
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Mini Bio

I grew up in St. Catharines, in southern Ontario, Canada, near Niagara Falls.

I received my BS Physics at McMaster University. While there I was supported by an Entrance Scholarship, a Canada Science Scholarship, and I won an S.L. Squire Mathematics Award.

I received my MS and PhD Astronomy at the University of Toronto. While there I was supported by a C.A. Chant Graduate Scholarship, a University Graduate Scholarship, and an NSERC research grant under Dr. P.P. Kronberg.

I worked for three years at the Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, where I taught undergraduate courses, supervised public outreach programs, and maintained the IT network. While there I was supported by an NSERC research grant under Dr. E.R. Seaquist, and a CLTA contract awarded to the Dept of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

I arrived at WSU in 2002. I was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2008. In 2011 I was cross-appointed to the WSU Honors College. Recognition includes:

  1. Excellence in Advising Award, College of Sciences, 2011
  2. Level I & II Academic Advising certification, WSU-ACADA, 2012
  3. Honors Student Advisory Council Invited Lecturer, 2013

My professional interests are centered on STEM education. My astronomical activities are confined to amateur star-gazing. Amateur astronomers are the best amateurs in any field in the world, and truly live up to the etymology of amateur: "with love".

I love public speaking and give a few talks every year.

I have a wife and two daughters who are the joy of my life.

My personal interests include hockey, curling, piano, theater in general and opera in particular, strategy gaming, RPGs, and reading of sci-fi & historical fiction.

dunlap observatory
Administration building at the Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, ON

Curling in the Palouse Ice Rink in Moscow, ID