I’m Matthew Newby, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Physics at Temple University. My background is in astronomy, astrophysics, computational physics, statistical data analysis, history of science, and physics education.
I did my PhD research at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI; pronounced “Ren-sa-leer” or sometimes just “Ren-sler”) working under Prof. Heidi Newberg on the MilkyWay@home distributed computing project (This is where the image below is from), which can be found here: https://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/
In addition to the scientific output of this work, you can blame me for a large number of the graphics on the MilkyWay@home project.
I was hired by Temple University in January 2015, and have made it my goal to bring advanced topics in physics (and science in general) to a broader audience, and to help undergraduate and graduate students in physics (and other sciences) build successful careers in science.
RPI is in Troy, New York, just across Hudson river from Albany, NY.
Temple University is in the Northern part of the city of Philadelphia, PA. Ben Franklin’s house is about 30-40 min away by subway.
Temple University got its start in the basement of a Baptist Temple, but has since dropped the religious affiliation. It has a really interesting service-based history (See: https://www.temple.edu/about/history-traditions) , and maintains a strong commitment to community service to this day.