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Astronomy Professor Honored with Barnes Award

Astronomy Professor David Klassen from the Department of Physics and Astronomy received the Barnes Award, honoring the memory of Joseph Barnes, who served the University for 23 years as a professional staff member and tenured librarian.   This award is given to faculty or professional staff  "who has provided consistent, extraordinary, and longstanding contributions" to the University.

"It is an honor to be recognized with this award, especially as I recall the names of all the previous recipients.  It's a distinguished group and I'm proud to be counted among them," said Klassen.  "Service is usually defined as things done for the benefit of others, and helping out where and when I can is something I enjoy.  That others appreciated that work is really its own reward, so to be recognized in this way is really just icing on the cake," he continued.  


Since arriving at Rowan in 1997, Klassen's research has been focused on planetary science and studies clouds on Mars using near-infrared imaging spectroscopy.  Among his data are images from the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the CRISM instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Klassen's teaching covers mainly introductory courses and he thoroughly enjoys the Intro Thermodynamics class.  He also taught the Exploration of the Solar System.  


After receiving a B.S. in Astrophysics and B Math from the University of Minnesota, Klassen went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming.