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LIONEL J. CREWS University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN 38238



Home phone: (731) 456-2941

Work phone: (731) 881-7440

E-mail: lcrews@utm.edu

Personal Information


Born: July 19, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee

Citizenship: United States

Married: Lori Elam Crews

Children: Amelia Ann and Emma Elizabeth, born 08/07/2003


Education Credentials


2000 Ph.D. (Physics), Vanderbilt University.

1995 M.S. (Physics), Vanderbilt University.

1993 B.S. (Physics & Astronomy) cum laude, Vanderbilt University.

Employment History


2003-present Associate Curator, Pink Palace Family of Museums, Memphis, TN

Duties: Assist with development of physics and astronomy activities and displays

Contact: Wesley Creel, Assistant Director, Wesley.Creel@cityofmemphis.org

2000-present Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Geology, Geography and Physics, University of Tennessee at Martin



Courses Taught: College Physics, University Physics, Modern Physics, Methods of Physics Research, Senior Research Project in Physics, Introductory Astronomy, and associated laboratories in physics and astronomy. Additional special courses taught or team-taught as well.

Contact: Jefferson Rogers, Chair, Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics, jrogers@utm.edu

1999 Spring Teaching Assistant (Conceptual Physics Laboratory), Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University



Contact: Akunrui Ramayya, Professor of Physics, a.v.ramayya@vanderbilt.edu

1997-2000 Dyer Observatory Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University



Duties: Host open houses at Vanderbilt’s observatories on a monthly basis and for scheduled events. Help maintain functionality of observatory equipment.

Contact: Douglas S. Hall, Professor of Astronomy, douglas.s.hall@vanderbilt.edu

1993-1997 Teaching Assistant (Introductory Astronomy Laboratory), Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University



Contact: David Weintraub, Associate Professor of Astronomy, david.weintraub@vanderbilt.edu

1990-1993 Laboratory Assistant, Center for Atomic and Molecular Physics on Surfaces, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University.



Duties: Assist graduate students with research projects. Assist lab tech with equipment and computers.

Contact: Norman Tolk, Professor of Physics, norman.tolk@vanderbilt.edu

Scholarly Activity

Local Presentations


11/2003 Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics Journal Club: “The Cosmic Microwave Background

10/2003 NASA ERC Workshop: “HST and the Hubble Deep Field"

10/2003 Society of Professional Journalists: “Science and the Media Panel Discussion”

01/2003 Kiwanis Club: “Exoplanets”

11/2002 UTM Philosophy Forum: “Physics Interpretations of Time”

11/2002 Sigma Xi (UTM chapter): “The Leonid Meteor Storm”

03/2002 Greenfield Kiwanis Club: “Exoplanets”

04/2001 Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics Journal Club: “Exoplanets”



Conferences


2005 Winter American Astronomical Society Meeting, San Diego, CA

2004 Nov Tennessee Academy of Sciences Meeting, Columbia, TN

2003 Nov TSTA/TAS Joint Meeting, Nashville, TN

2003 May American Astronomical Society Meeting, Nashville, TN

2003 Feb Memphis Organization of Science Teachers, Memphis, TN

2002 Nov Tennessee Science Teachers Association Meeting, Nashville, TN

2000 Winter American Astronomical Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA

1999 Summer American Astronomical Society Meeting, Chicago, IL

1999 Winter American Astronomical Society Meeting, Austin, TX

1998 Winter American Astronomical Society Meeting, Washington, D.C.

1997 Summer American Astronomical Society Meeting, Winston-Salem, NC

Publications: Papers


  1. Lada, C.J., Huard, T.L., Crews, L.J., & Alves, J.F. 2004, “Discovery of a Dusty Ring in the Coalsack: A Dense Core Caught in the Act of Formation?”, Astrophysical Journal, 610, 303.

  2. Crews, L. J. 2000 “Imaging Starspots with Matrix Light Curve Inversion”, Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. Dissertation.

  3. Harmon, R., Crews, L. J., & Henry, G. W. 2000, “Imaging Stellar Surfaces via Matrix Lightcurve Inversion.”, Astronomical Journal, 120, 3274.

  4. Crews, L. J., Hall, D. S., Fekel, F. C., & Henry, G. W. 1996, “BE Piscium: A Perfect Star for Photoelectric Photometry,” I.A.P.P.P. Communications 65, 43-45. Not peer reviewed.

  5. Crews, L. J., Hall, D. S., Henry, G. W., Lines, R. D., Lines, H. C., & Fried, R. E. 1995, “Starspots Found on the Ellipsoidal Variable V350 Lacertae = HR 8575,” Astronomical Journal 109, 1346-1351.

Publications: Abstracts


  1. Huard, T.L., Myers, P.C., Crapsi, A., Murphy, D.C., Crews, L.J., Evans, N.J., Kulesa, C.A., McCarthy Jr., D.W., c2d Spitzer Legacy Team 2005, “Discovery of a Scattering Nebula Associated with L1014-IRS”, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 36-5, 1304.

  2. Stiles, B.C., Crews, L.J., & Huard, T.H. 2005, “High Resolution Extinction Map of the Pre-Protostellar Core B133”, BAAS, 36-5, 1441

  3. Crews, L.J., Huard, T.L., Lada, C.J., Alves, J.F., & Pershell, K.P. 2003, “Dust Extinction and the Internal Structure of Globule 2 in the Coalsack”, BAAS 35-3, 737.

  4. Crews, L. J., Harmon, R., & Hall, D. S. 1999, “Matrix Light Curve Inversion: HR 1099 Results and Comparison with Other Methods,” BAAS 31-3, 968.

  5. Crews, L. J., Harmon, R., & Hall, D. S. 1999, “Matrix Light Curve Inversion: Multi-color Bandpass Results,” BAAS 30-4, 1316.

  6. Crews, L. J., Harmon, R., & Hall, D. S. 1998, “MLI: A New Method for Mapping Starspots,” BAAS 29-5, 1276.

Grant Activities


2005 Tennessee Improving Teacher Quality Grant: Week-long physics and astronomy summer workshop for middle school teachers. Will lead astronomy activities (optics, telescope). Principle Investigator: Cahit Erkal, UTM

2005 American Astronomical Society Small Research Grant: $3500 awarded will support travel for myself on observing runs as well as a computer for research. Principle Investigator: Lionel Crews.

2005 NSF Tennessee Math Science Partnership Grant: >$1,000,000 awarded to run summer workshops to cover curriculum standards for West Tennessee middle school teachers over 3 years. My duties include running the physics and astronomy components of the workshops. Aided in writing of grant. Principle Investigator: Michael Gibson, UTM.

2004 American Astronomical Society Small Research Grant: 1st submittal of grant. Principle Investigator: Lionel Crews. NOT FUNDED.

2004 UTM Faculty Research Grant: Awarded $1951 to support travel for myself and an undergraduate student to an observing run and AAS conference. Principle Investigator: Lionel Crews

2004 NSF Tennessee Math Science Partnership Grant: 1st submittal of grant. Principle Investigator: Nancy Hines, UTM. NOT FUNDED

2004 Tennessee Improving Teacher Quality Grant: $75,000 proposed summer workshop for middle school teachers in oceanography and astronomy. Aided in writing of grant. Principle Investigator: Michael Gibson, UTM. NOT FUNDED.

2004 Tennessee Improving Teacher Quality Grant: Week-long physics and astronomy summer workshop for middle school teachers. Led astronomy activities (optics, telescope). Principle Investigator: Cahit Erkal, UTM

2003 Tennessee Eisenhower Grant: Week-long physics and astronomy summer workshop for middle school teachers. Led astronomy activities (optics, telescope, Sun’s motion). Principle Investigator: Cahit Erkal, UTM

2002 UTM Faculty Research Grant: $1090 awarded to purchase software and travel for collaborative work. Principle Investigator: Lionel Crews

2002 Earth Systems Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) Grant: Provides money to deliver NASA-developed graduate course for teachers in Earth Systems Science over 3 years. $45,000 awarded. Project Director: Lionel Crews, Principle Investigator: Mark Simpson

2001 Faculty Development-Teaching Grant (UTM): $1212 awarded to purchase a Meade LX10 telescope for introductory astronomy lab activities. Principle Investigator: Lionel Crews


Faculty Teaching/Development Activities


2004-present Worked with 7 senior engineering majors and engineering faculty to design and begin construction on a rooftop automated observatory at UTM.

2005-2007 Served as faculty mentor to UTM University Scholar Student Dustin Lambert. Research Project: “Improving Computer Reductions Algorithms and Interfaces of Near-IR Astronomical Data”

08/2005 Las Campanas Observatory (Chile) observing run to collect near-IR images of dark molecular clouds

06/2005 Developed and ran astronomy activities for the astronomy component of the IMEGS Earth and Planetary Science summer institute.

2003-2005 Served as faculty mentor to UTM University Scholar Student Brian Stiles. Research Project: “Near-IR observations and analysis of the Dense Molecular Core CB180 = B133”

Spring 2005 Mentored Brian Stiles on Senior Research Project for physics minor. Work on Sound Wave Analysis resulted in a poster presentation at the first annual UTM Scholarfest in April 2005.

Fall 2004 Taught a special topics astronomy course for a local middle school teacher, Tina Coleman, as part of her Master’s degree program in Earth Science Education. Mrs. Coleman covered intro and intermediate-level textbooks, performed a variety of laboratory activities, and developed unit and lesson plans.

09/2004 Kitt Peak National Observatory (Arizona) observing run to collect near-infrared images of dark molecular clouds

05/2004 Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) Workshop: Plymouth, NH

05/2004 Instructional Technology Workshop (UTM): $300 awarded to develop skills in Macromedia Flash programming.

Spring 2004 Mentored Dan Comer on Senior Research Project (physics 491) for physics minor. Work on coupled pendulum resulted in a poster presentation by Mr. Comer at the 2004 Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting in Columbia, TN.

Spring 2004 Assisted with delivery of Geology 371, “Geodynamics” by doing physics demonstrations and laboratory exercises

Spring 2004 Developed and taught (with two other faculty members) University Scholars course 228, “Issues in Space Exploration”, a reading/discussion course

06/2003 Instructional Technology Workshop (UTM): $300 awarded to develop web page for physics discipline.

06/2003 ESSEA Workshop: Seattle, WA

05/2003 Consultant, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA. Worked on dark nebulae research.

Spring 2003 Mentored Karoline Pershell on Senior Research Project (Physics 491) for physics minor. Work on near-IR imaging of Coalsack globule B resulted in poster presentation at 2003 American Astronomical Society meeting in Nashville, TN.

07/2002 ESSEA Workshop: Wheeling, WV

05/2002 Instructional Technology Workshop (UTM): $300 awarded to develop online resources for middle-school teachers in Earth Sciences

05/2001 Faculty Multimedia Workshop (UTM): $500 awarded to learn Blackboard software for use in UTM courses

10/2000 Research and Grant Writing Conference (UTM)

08/2000 Classroom Bulletin Board Workshop (UTM)

08/2000 World Wide Web in the Classroom Workshop (UTM)
University and Departmental Committees

2005-present UTM Honors Council

2005-present UTM Enrollment Management Task Force

2004-present Geology, Geography, and Physics Library Committee Representative

2003-2004 UTM Honors and Awards Committee

2002-2003 UTM University Council

2001 Geology, Geography and Physics Budget Presentation Committee

2000-2002 UTM Faculty Development Committee

2001-2002 UTM Financial Aid and Scholarship Awards Committee

2000-2001 Geology, Geography, and Physics By-laws Committee



    1. Geology, Geography and Physics Technician Search Committee

Public Service and Consulting

2001-present Numerous appearances on WCMT radio station promoting science, nicknamed “Lionel Crews the science dude”

2005-present Acted as advisor to Tennessee Earth Science Teachers association. Helped plan workshops at future Tennessee Science Teachers Association meetings and plan astronomy-related activities for the group

2004-present Participated in UTM American Democracy Project.

2003-2005 Chairman, Physics and Astronomy Session, Tennessee Academy of Sciences 2004 Annual Meeting in Columbia, TN and 2005 Annual Meeting in Martin, TN.

09/2005 Participated in UTM CENSational Career Days. Arranged and executed physics demonstrations for Weakley County 8th graders.

02/2005 Helped with star party at Camden, TN organized by Camden Middle School teacher Patricia Royle

11/2004 Assisted Martin Middle School teacher, Tina Coleman, with presentation at 2004 Tennessee Science Teachers Association meeting in Nashville, TN. Mrs. Coleman presented a unit plan we developed on impact cratering.

11/2004 Led physics workshop about electrostatics for Sharon Middle School students

11/2004 Judge and question writer for UTM Science Bowl, a “Quiz Show” type competition for West Tennessee high school students

10/2004 Led lecture and laboratory activities at UTM for 30 visiting high school students from McEwen High School.

10/2004 Helped create the Martin Middle School Science Club with Tina Coleman and Jenny Landrum, both teachers at that school. Students will participate in a variety of workshops, field trips, and fund raising activities that focus on science.

2003-2004 Served as faculty mentor with Carroll County Gifted Program: Led a variety of general astronomy activities for middle school students.

05/2004 Hosted Physics Minor student on field trip to Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory for observing session and tour of physics facilities on campus

04/2004 Presentation at Memphis Gem and Mineral Show: “Wells Creek Impact Structure and the Smithsonian Meteorites”

04/2004 Presented at Education Department In-service: “NASA resources for teachers”

02/2004 Judge for Weakley County Science Fair: Physical Science grades 10-12

01/2004 Participated with UTM Honors Program on World Builders Course, an interdisciplinary course that allows students to develop a unique world. I begin the course by describing current theories on planetary system formation. Other professors follow describing geology, biology, psychology, culture, etc.

11/2003 Worked booth at TSTA/TAS joint meeting in Nashville: handed out information and spoke about UTM programs to interested teachers

11/2003 Question writer and judge for UTM High School Science Bowl

10/2003 UTM Honors Program: Guest of inaugural “Pizza with a Professor.” Answered general questions about astronomy

09/2003 Gave physics presentation at CENSational Career Days at UTM. CENSational Career Days brings in middle school students from the local area for demonstrations in science to help increase enthusiasm for science

09/2003 Gave presentation to Piano Tuning class at UTM about the physics of sound

08/2003 Hosted 2 “Star Parties” for close approach of Mars

06/2003 Astronomy presentation for local Cub Scout group

05/2003 Physics/Astronomy presentation to 8th graders at Greenfield Middle School

04/2003 West Tennessee Regional Science Fair: Judge, middle school physical science

03/2003 Astronomy Presentation for Space Day at Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education at UTM

02/2003 Hosted public star party for Lunar Eclipse

02/2003 Physics/Astronomy presentation to 6th graders at Bruceton Middle School

02/2003 Physics/Astronomy presentation to 6th graders at Martin Middle School

02/2003 Physics presentation to 9th graders at Union City High School

01/2003 Participated with UTM Honors Program on World Builders Course

12/2002 Physics presentation to science club at Fulton City High School

12/2002 Physics presentation to 12th graders at Union City High School

12/2002 Astronomy/Physics presentation to 5th graders at Sharon Junior High

11/2002 Hosted public Star Party for Leonid Meteor Storm

11/2002 Question writer and judge for UTM High School Science Bowl

09/2002 Physics demonstrations at CENSational Careers day

09/2002 Geology/astronomy presentation to general public at UTM: “All you ever wanted to know about the Solar System, but were afraid to ask”

03/2002 Astronomy presentation to 6th grade class, Martin Middle School

11/2001 Question writer for UTM High School Science Bowl

09/2001 Physics presentation to 4th grade class, Greenfield Elementary School

04/2001 Physics presentation to 12th grade physics class, McKenzie High School

04/2001 Workshop presenter at Teacher In-Service: “Anti-astrology”, UTM

02/2001 Astronomy presentation to 6th and 7th grade class, Sharon Junior High

02/2001 Presenter at Space Night: “How to use telescopes”, Union City Middle School

02/2001 Consultant, Greenfield High School Science Fair projects

11/2000 Question writer and judge for UTM High School Science Bowl

10/2000 Astronomy presentation to 5th grade class at Sharon Junior High

Societies


2003-present Tennessee Academy of Sciences

2002-present Tennessee Science Teachers Association

2002-present Sigma Xi: UTM chapter

1997-present American Astronomical Society (full member)


Community Service


2004-present Deacon, 1st Presbyterian Church, Greenfield, TN

2002/2003 Martin Area Little League basketball coach

2001-present Sunday school teacher: 1st Presbyterian Church, Greenfield, TN

2000-2003 UTM Choral Society

2000-present Church Choir member: 1st Presbyterian Church, Greenfield, TN

Reference Information


Dr. Tracy L. Huard, Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

60 Garden St.

Cambridge, MA 02138



thuard@cfa.harvard.edu

617-495-7150


Dr. Jefferson Rogers, Chair, Professor of Geography

Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Building

University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN 38238

jrogers@utm.edu

731-881-7442


Dr. Michael Gibson, Professor of Geology

Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Building

University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN 38238

mgibson@utm.edu

731-881-7435


Dr. Cahit Erkal, Associate Professor of Physics

Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics

215 Joseph E. Johnson EPS Building

University of Tennessee at Martin



Martin, TN 38238

cerkal@utm.edu

731-881-7432


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