Tony Crider is an Associate Professor of Physics at Elon University in North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University in 1999 and continued his research of gamma-ray bursts as a National Research Council associate at the Naval Research Laboratory. Before moving to Elon, Dr. Crider taught at American University where he coordinated the Multimedia Design and Development program. His interest in science visualization led him to create virtual planetariums, telescopes, and lunar landscapes within the 3D online world of Second Life. In 2006, he co-founded the SciLands, an archipelago of Second Life islands dedicated to science education and outreach. Currently, Dr. Crider is assessing the effectiveness of both Second Life and short “Reacting to the Past” role-playing games in science courses. He is also using robotic telescopes and computer modeling to study near-Earth asteroids. His hobbies include playing the guitar, motorcycling, and sharing Flickr photos and YouTube videos.
RICE UNIVERSITY (Houston, TX)
1999 - Ph. D. in Space Physics and Astronomy
Thesis: Analysis and Interpretation of Gamma-Ray Burst Continuum Spectral Evolution with BATSE Data
Thesis Advisor: Edison P. Liang
1998 – M. S. in Space Physics and Astronomy
BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY (Bowling Green, OH)
1989 – Bachelor of Science (Physics major, Mathematics minor)