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Elizabeth Ramseyer

Elizabeth Ramseyer
Instructor, The Physics of Stars

“I hope that my students realize just how much we do not understand about our universe,” says Elizabeth Ramseyer. “Stars are dynamic objects, though they might not appear to be. When looking at the night sky, a star will always be right back in the same place you left it the night before, but in the blink of an eye, it can explode, changing the environment that surrounds it.” As the physics and astronomy teacher at Niles West High School, she has designed a full-year course in astronomy and cosmology, and had an observatory donated and built at the high school. She also serves as an instructor in Yerkes Observatory’s Astrophysics Academy for Young Scientists, and is now part of the team teaching The Physics of Stars in the University of Chicago Intensive program. Ms. Ramseyer shares her knowledge and passion with students, in the hope that they will become “stellar detectives,” and that they in turn will teach her. As she puts it, “I always learn something new from my students each year, be it a new computer program or a different way of thinking through a problem.”

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