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Physics and Astronomy Michael Allen

Michael L Allen

Scholarly Associate Professor in the Astronomy group


Professional interests

  • STEM pedagogy related to backwards design, peer instruction, and assessment-driven learning
  • robotic telescopes and student education

Teaching

  • core coursework in the Physics & Astronomy major
  • history & philosophy of science in the Honors College
  • first-year level breadth requirements for non-majors
  • senior-level science capstone

Service

  • academic advising in Physics & Astronomy, and in General Studies: General Physical Sciences
  • public outreach via the WSU planetarium and observatory, and with the Palouse Astronomical Society
  • curriculum development & assessment committees at the departmental and college level

Education & Experience

Selected presentations

Selected publications

Fickle, J., and Michael L. Allen, “BViz photometry of the RR Lyrae star RU Ceti”. Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (2022), 50(1), 55. https://app.aavso.org/jaavso/article/3793/

Biermann, P.L.; Kronberg, P.P.; Allen, M.L.; Meli, A.; Seo, E.-S. “The Origin of the Most Energetic Galactic Cosmic Rays: Supernova Explosions into Massive Star Plasma Winds”. Galaxies (2019), 7, 48. doi: 10.3390/galaxies7020048

Allen, Michael L., “The Moon – What’s it made of? Where did it come from?” National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, (2019): https://www.nsta.org/ncss-case-study/moon

Joyner, H., and Michael L. Allen, “Humans in space: developing a sustainable food supply on Mars,” National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, (2015): https://www.nsta.org/ncss-case-study/farming-space

Allen, Michael L., and Diane O. Kelly-Riley, “Promoting undergraduate critical thinking in astro 101 lab exercises,” Astronomy Education Review (2005), 4(2), 10. doi: 10.3847/AER2005017

Michael Allen

Quick info

Office: Webster Physical Sciences 1246
Phone: (509) 335-1279
Fax: (509) 335-7816
E-mail: mlfa at wsu.edu

Areas of expertise:  STEM education, astronomy

Link to the astro-imaging lab at WSU

Link to Google scholar page