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Randall Milstein

Randall L. Milstein

Senior Instructor I
Department of Physics
University Honors College
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Randall L. Milstein

Senior Instructor I
Department of Physics
University Honors College
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Background

Biography

Randall L. Milstein, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at Oregon State University since 1990. Dr. Milstein teaches astronomy in the OSU Physics Department, and numerous courses in the University Honors College and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Milstein was Astronomer-in-Residence to the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium from 2016 - 2022. Dr. Milstein’s research interests include astrogeology, impact-cratering dynamics, and archaeo-astronomy: he is a regular outreach speaker and enjoys engaging with the public on topics of science, astronomy, and the roll of science fiction in popular culture. Dr. Milstein co-hosts the annual OSU TrekWars celebration and is a frequent contributor to video and pocasts from the Annares Project for Alternative Futures.

Before his career as a professional scientist, Dr. Milstein was educated and trained as a photographer. Most noted for his dance photography, recently he has begun photographing portraits of cosplayers at popular culture conventions and interviewing them about their creative process, costume choices, and commitment to their cosplay personas. Randall Milstein's photographs appear in solo and group exhibitions; are represented in government, corporate, and private collections; and appear in numerous publications, books, posters, and advertisements.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Geology – 1994 Oregon State University. Master of Arts in Earth Science - 1986 University of Northern Colorado. Bachelors of Science - 1979 Western Michigan University. Associate of Fine Arts - 1976 Northwestern Michigan College

Awards

  • 2022 - Sandy and Elva Sanders Eminent Professor of the University Honors College. 2019 – Oregon State University College of Science Distinguished Service Award. Oregon State University Writing Intensive Curriculum 25th Anniversary Versatility in Teaching Award. 2018 - Oregon State University Mortar Board Honor Society “Top Profs.” 1988 - Michigan Geological Survey Merit Service Award.