Oct 21, 2014

 

News from Old Main

ASTRONOMY “HOBBYIST” DESIGNS, OWNS WORLD’S LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED TELESCOPE
Faculty from Eastern's Department of Physics and other guests gathered to formally dedicate Westfield resident Robert E. Holmes Jr.'s personally designed/built 50-inch telescope this week. The scope is the most recent acquisition in Holmes’ collection, and is believed to be the largest privately owned telescope in the world.

Holmes, who is an adjunct professor with EIU’s physics department, is the founder of the not-for-profit Astronomical Research Institute (ARI), allowing him to facilitate outreach to schools, colleges and hundreds of students worldwide via his collection of four telescopes/observatories. In addition, Holmes collects images and reports the positions of asteroids and the occasional comet, including near-Earth objects (NEOs), to the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for nearly half of all the NEO measurements made in 2011.

“In other words, his observatory is responsible for more NEO data that anyplace else in the world,” said Steve Daniels, physics department chair. “From his observatory in Westfield, Bob Holmes stands guard over our world.”

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VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Oct 17, 2014


PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
David Mead-Fox has been hired by the EIU Board of Trustees to assist in finding the next president for Eastern Illinois University. He is a senior client partner with the firm of Korn Ferry. Mead-Fox was recently on campus and met with various constituency groups to hear their views on "what they are looking for in a new president." If you were not able to attend one of these sessions and would like to share your views with Mead-Fox, he would welcome an email from you. His email address is david.mead-fox@kornferry.com.

CHERYL GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Sep 12, 2014





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