- Director, Science and Mathematics Education Center
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
- BS, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Brecher’s astrophysical research interests center on a range of topics in theoretical high-energy astrophysics including neutron stars, pulsars, x-ray binary sources, supernovae and gamma-ray bursters. He is currently engaged in several materials, software, hardware and curriculum development projects for use in K – 12, undergraduate and informal science education. He is the Principal Investigator on “Project LITE: Light Inquiry Through Experiments”, which is developing materials about light, optics, color and perception. He is co-initiator and Project Scientist on the “MicroObservatory Project” which has developed a network of automated astronomical telescopes for student use. He has also worked on the history of astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the application of early astronomical records to modern astrophysical problems.
Areas of Expertise:
- High energy astrophysics
- History of astronomy