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Kaleidoscope class canceled today

Due to inclement weather, all March 25 Kaleidoscope classes have been canceled.

Lee Carkner

Lee Carkner

Professor of Physics

Lee Carkner received his B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992 and completed his PhD in Astrophysics at Penn State University in 1998.  His thesis explored the topic of X-ray emission from very young, sun-like stars.  Dr. Carkner joined the faculty at Augustana in 1999 and is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of the John Deere Planetarium.  As director, he gives planetarium shows to thousands of public school students and members of the general public each year.

Specializations: Astronomy, The night sky, Planetarium, Space science


  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State