Robert Mathieu


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Research Interests:

Structure, kinematics and dynamics of star clusters and star-forming regions; stellar binary populations; blue stragglers and other objects with alternative stellar evolution pathways; formation of binary stars; stellar angular momentum evolution.



Robert Mathieu has been on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987. He was educated at Princeton University (A.B. 1978) and the University of California-Berkeley (Ph.D. 1983), after which he became a Fellow of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He has received a Presidential Young Investigator award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Kellett Award and most recently the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship for his research into the dynamics of star clusters, the evolution of stars and binary star populations. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of the WIYN Observatory, chair of the University Committee of UW-Madison, and chair of the Department of Astronomy

Bob also has led national initiatives for the improvement of science higher education. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Associate Director of the National Institute for Science Education, and led the development of the Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) and other resources for science, engineering, and mathematics faculty. Thereafter he was the principal investigator of the Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) instrument for evaluation use by individual instructors, entire departments, and developers of new teaching and learning approaches. Since 2003 he has been the Director of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching, focused on the preparation of science, engineering, and math graduate students for future roles as both forefront researchers and skilled teachers and communicators ( CIRTL is now a national network of 42 major research universities. He is currently the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (

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