Dr. Todd Young is a professor of physics and astronomy at Wayne State College. He is also the director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium on WSC's campus. Dr. Young is a member of the Great Plains Planetarium Association, the International Planetarium Society, the Western Alliance Planetarium Association and the Nebraska Academy of Science. He received the George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.
Dr. Young serves as the coordinator of the Nebraska Middle School Science Bowl, the Eastern Nebraska High School Science Bowl, and the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) at WSC. He speaks monthly on AstroTalk, a monthly radio program on KYNT Yankton (South Dakota).
Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998
M.S., Physics, Purdue University, 1993
B.A., Physics and English (minor in Mathematics), University of Minnesota-Morris, 1991
Dr. Young's scholarship and research interests include astronomy education, contributing content to numerous astronomy textbooks, RR Lyrae variable stars and the instability strip, and interactive astronomy lessons in the planetarium. He also loves to bring physics and astronomy to the community with annual star parties and other similar events. In his spare time he enjoys crossword puzzles, watching movies, reading good science fiction, playing board games with his family, and, of course, observing the night sky.