Cedarville University welcomes assistant professor of physics, Andrew Wagers. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University
by Public Relations
November 30, 2011
Cedarville University welcomes Andrew Wagers, M.S., to the faculty of the department of science and mathematics. Wagers will be serving as assistant professor of physics.
Wagers earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Berea College and his master’s degree in physics from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is currently completing his doctorate in physics with a research emphasis in astronomy from Texas A&M University.
Wagers had several teaching opportunities before coming to Cedarville, serving as a teaching assistant, a high school math and physics teacher and a professor at Blinn College. He believes he can contribute to the area of astronomy while at Cedarville.
“The church as a whole needs to be better equipped to deal with the changing face of astronomy,” said Wagers, “and I feel that in a place like Cedarville University, I can make a contribution for the better.”
Through his research and experience, Wagers has been able to explain current events, like a recent passing asteroid and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in Physics, to students. He hopes to involve students in his research as he continues teaching.
For his dissertation, Wagers is examining the empirical correlations in the spectra of Type Ia Supernovae. By studying these exploding stars, scientists can measure the distances to galaxies.
Wagers explained, “The maximum brightness that these explosions reach is relatively constant from one supernova to the next. However, there are some variations in this maximum brightness and over the past two decades there has been much effort put into characterizing these variations. My work seeks to build upon previous endeavors to uncover spectral features that help to characterize the maximum brightness.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.
Department of Science and Mathematics