1985 …2021

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Research interests

Research Expertise:
Cometary atmospheres | Infrared spectroscopy | Physics education

I also am the Principal Investigator for the PhysTEC comprehensive site award to Rowan University. The goals of Rowan’s PhysTEC work is to recruit, retain, and train future high school physics teachers. As Dean, I continue my work leading the PhysTEC grant and also am committed to evidence-based instruction in math and science.

Prior to becoming the Dean, my research field in planetary sciences was supported by the National Science Foundation’s Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program and NASA’s Planetary Astronomy program for 13 years. I collaborated with scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. This collaboration involved the composition and behavior of comets by observing the infrared emission of cometary molecules. The telescopes for these investigations were the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the W.M. Keck telescope, both atop of Mauna Kea (14,000 ft) on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

Honors and Awards: 
Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, 2007
PhysTEC, Comprehensive Site Award: Recruiting and Training of High School Physics Teachers

Member of: 
American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Science, International Astronomical Union, American Association of Physics Teachers

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Master

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor, University of Virginia


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  • 13 Scopus citations
  • EPOXI: Comet 103P/Hartley 2 observations from a worldwide campaign

    Meech, K. J., A'Hearn, M. F., Adams, J. A., Bacci, P., Bai, J., Barrera, L., Battelino, M., Bauer, J. M., Becklin, E., Bhatt, B., Biver, N., Bockelée-Morvan, D., Bodewits, D., Böhnhardt, H., Boissier, J., Bonev, B. P., Borghini, W., Brucato, J. R., Bryssinck, E., Buie, M. W., & 176 othersCanovas, H., Castellano, D., Charnley, S. B., Chen, W. P., Chiang, P., Choi, Y. J., Christian, D. J., Chuang, Y. L., Cochran, A. L., Colom, P., Combi, M. R., Coulson, I. M., Crovisier, J., Dello Russo, N., Dennerl, K., DeWahl, K., DiSanti, M. A., Facchini, M., Farnham, T. L., Fernández, Y., Florén, H. G., Frisk, U., Fujiyoshi, T., Furusho, R., Fuse, T., Galli, G., García-Hernández, D. A., Gersch, A., Getu, Z., Gibb, E. L., Gillon, M., Guido, E., Guillermo, R. A., Hadamcik, E., Hainaut, O., Hammel, H. B., Harker, D. E., Harmon, J. K., Harris, W. M., Hartogh, P., Hashimoto, M., Ḧausler, B., Herter, T., Hjalmarson, A., Holland, S. T., Honda, M., Hosseini, S., Howell, E. S., Howes, N., Hsieh, H. H., Hsiao, H. Y., Hutsemékers, D., Immler, S. M., Jackson, W. M., Jeffers, S. V., Jehin, E., Jones, T. J., De Juan Ovelar, M., Kaluna, H. M., Karlsson, T., Kawakita, H., Keane, J. V., Keller, L. D., Kelley, M. S., Kinoshita, D., Kiselev, N. N., Kleyna, J., Knight, M. M., Kobayashi, H., Kobulnicky, H. A., Kolokolova, L., Kreiny, M., Kuan, Y. J., Küppers, M., Lacruz, J. M., Landsman, W. B., Lara, L. M., Lecacheux, A., Levasseur-Regourd, A. C., Li, B., Licandro, J., Ligustri, R., Lin, Z. Y., Lippi, M., Lis, D. C., Lisse, C. M., Lovell, A. J., Lowry, S. C., Lu, H., Lundin, S., Magee-Sauer, K., Magain, P., Manfroid, J., Mazzotta Epifani, E., McKay, A., Melita, M. D., Mikuz, H., Milam, S. N., Milani, G., Min, M., Moreno, R., Mueller, B. E. A., Mumma, M. J., Nicolini, M., Nolan, M. C., Nordh, H. L., Nowajewski, P. B., Team, O., Ootsubo, T., Paganini, L., Perrella, C., Pittichová, J., Prosperi, E., Radeva, Y. L., Reach, W. T., Remijan, A. J., Rengel, M., Riesen, T. E., Rodenhuis, M., Rodríguez, D. P., Russell, R. W., Sahu, D. K., Samarasinha, N. H., Sánchez Caso, A., Sandqvist, A., Sarid, G., Sato, M., Schleicher, D. G., Schwieterman, E. W., Sen, A. K., Shenoy, D., Shi, J. C., Shinnaka, Y., Snodgrass, C., Sitko, M. L., Sonnett, S., Sosseini, S., Sostero, G., Sugita, S., Swinyard, B. M., Szutowicz, S., Takato, N., Tanga, P., Taylor, P. A., Tozzi, G. P., Trabatti, R., Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M., Tubiana, C., De Val-Borro, M., Vacca, W., Vandenbussche, B., Vaubaillion, J., Velichko, F. P., Velichko, S. F., Vervack, R. J., Vidal-Nunez, M. J., Villanueva, G. L., Vinante, C., Vincent, J. B., Wang, M., Wasserman, L. H., Watanabe, J., Weaver, H. A., Weissman, P. R., Wolk, S., Wooden, D. H., Woodward, C. E., Yamaguchi, M., Yamashita, T., Yanamandra-Fischer, P. A., Yang, B., Yao, J. S., Yeomans, D. K., Zenn, T., Zhao, H. & Ziffer, J. E., Jun 10 2011, In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 734, 1, L1.

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    81 Scopus citations
  • Ethane in planetary and cometary atmospheres: Transmittance and fluorescence models of the v7 band at 3.3 μm

    Villanueva, G. L., Mumma, M. J. & Magee-Sauer, K., 2011, In: Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets. 116, 8, E08012.

    Rowan University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    48 Scopus citations
  • Temporal and spatial aspects of gas release during the 2010 apparition of comet 103P/Hartley 2

    Mumma, M. J., Bonev, B. P., Villanueva, G. L., Paganini, L., Disanti, M. A., Gibb, E. L., Keane, J. V., Meech, K. J., Blake, G. A., Ellis, R. S., Lippi, M., Boehnhardt, H. & Magee-Sauer, K., Jun 10 2011, In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 734, 1 PART 2, L7.

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    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    57 Scopus citations
  • The molecular composition of Comet C/2007 W1 (Boattini): Evidence of a peculiar outgassing and a rich chemistry

    Villanueva, G. L., Mumma, M. J., DiSanti, M. A., Bonev, B. P., Gibb, E. L., Magee-Sauer, K., Blake, G. A. & Salyk, C., Nov 2011, In: Icarus. 216, 1, p. 227-240 14 p.

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    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    55 Scopus citations