Hi, I'm Charles Liu. Thanks for checking out my personal, informal, rambling, and not-nearly-as-spiffy-looking-as-my-formal-home-page home page. (Here's my formal home page.)


I have another webpage here .
Please go there for more of the story! Many thanks.


My better half is, among other things, a mathematician, an education specialist, a gardener, and a chef.
(And yes, she really did cook all those dishes.)

We are lucky to have three wonderful kids. (Sorry, no pictures!)

Photo: Madagascar Diamond Ring The Diamond Ring from Morombe, Madagascar, 21 June 2001
Photo by Amy Rabb-Liu.
(For many pretty pictures, see the NOAO Image Gallery.)


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I am an associate professor of astrophysics, and director of The Verrazano School (a local honors school-within-a-school thing) at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
  • Address: 2800 Victory Blvd., Building 5N-114, Staten Island, NY 10314
  • Phone: 718-982-2817 (office), 718-982-2830 (fax)

    I am also an Associate in Astrophysics with the Department of Astrophysics and Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History
  • Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
  • Phone: 212-496-3579 (office), 212-769-5007 (fax)

    I used to be a Research Scientist at, and have a soft spot for, Barnard College, and its Dept of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Address: 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
    (Barnard is affiliated with Columbia University in the City of New York.)

  • Email: cliu @ amnh.org or cliu @ mail.csi.cuny.edu

    There are some very cool folks at the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University.
  • Address: Mail Code 5246, 550 W 120 St, New York, NY 10027

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    Here are a few old preprints:
    "An H I/Optical Atlas of Isolated Galaxies"
    (ApJS 142, 161)
    "Quasars As Absorption Probes Of The Hubble Deep Field"
    (astro-ph/9910570, AJ 118, 1912)
    "Photometric Redshifts of Starburst Galaxies"
    (astro-ph/9910571, in Photometric Redshifts And High Redshift Galaxies)
    "An Optical Multicolor System For Measuring Galaxy Redshifts And Spectral Types"
    (astro-ph/9806040, AJ 116, 1074)
    "Luminosity Functions And Evolution Of Blue Galaxies In A Deep Multicolor CCD Field Survey"
    (astro-ph/9806041, AJ 116, 1082)



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    Over the years, I've taught (among many others) these courses:

    ASTR V1753 - Introduction To Astronomy I

    ASTR V1754 - Introduction To Astronomy II

    PHY 121 - Introduction To Space Science I and II - team taught with Neil D. Tyson
    (This course is a collaboration between Hayden Planetarium and the City University of New York.)


    I've also recently been involved in some graduate-credit courses for in-service and pre-service teachers:

  • SCI 7209 - Physical Science For Middle School Educators
    Developed and team taught with Rachel Connolly and Jim McKenna,
    in collaboration with the City College of New York (CUNY) and
    the Professional Development office of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

  • Frontiers In Physical Science
    Developed and team taught with Orsola DeMarco,
    in collaboration with the AMNH National Center for Science Education, Literacy and Technology

    You may find this article (410KB jpeg) interesting;
    it's about a new inquiry-based science education initiative at Bank Street College in New York.


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    Here are some places I have some nostalgia for...


    Until August 1997, I was in Tucson, Arizona, at Steward Observatory and NOAO.
    From September 1997 thru May 1999, I also worked with Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York City
    as their consulting astrophysicist.
    There are some great people at Montclair State University, the college in the town where I live. Nowadays, by the way, get to Freddie via Pegasus .


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    Astronomy and Science Education Links






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    Links to pass the time: AAAS AAS ASP CNN NASA OPO PBS




    Please also visit my other webpage at the Columbia University Astronomy Department.
    Many thanks.