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Eskridge Named Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Dr. Paul Eskridge, professor of astronomy, was named a 2017 Distinguished Faculty Scholar

2017-06-13

Dr. Paul Eskridge, professor of astronomy at Minnesota State University, Mankato, was chosen to receive a 2017 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. The award is presented to up to three recipients per year to recognize faculty who have excelled in scholarly pursuits and received wide recognition for their professional achievements beyond Minnesota State Mankato. Once named a Distinguished Faculty Scholar, recipients maintain the distinction for the remainder of their tenure at Minnesota State Mankato.

Dr. Eskridge’s research centers on observational study of the structural and chemical evolution of galaxies, their interstellar gas and dust, and their stellar and star cluster populations. He has published more than thirty refereed papers in international journals in astrophysics since the late 1980s, and has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the structure of galaxies. His accomplishments are demonstrated by the large number of citations for several of his papers (one with >200, another with >100 and six with 50-100), by his contributions to international conferences in astrophysics, and by his past position as a member of the NASA/NSF Virtual Astronomical Observatory Science Council.

Paul Eskridge was born in Georgia and raised in Buffalo, New York. He earned a BS in Astronomy from Caltech in 1982. At the University of Washington, he earned an MS in 1984 and a PhD in 1987 in astronomy. Before coming to Minnesota State Mankato in 2001, he held a variety of research and teaching positions at the University of Illinois, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University of Alabama, and The Ohio State University.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology is proud of Dr. Eskridge’s accomplishments and glad he is being recognized with this well-deserved honor.

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