Richard Luther Pearson

Assistant Professor
Physical Sciences Department
College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

MWF 11am-12pm, T 9:30-10:30am, or by appointment

Areas of Expertise

Physics & Astronomy Education Research (PER/AER), astronomy
Richard Luther Pearson

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of Denver
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University

  • EP 525: Observational Astronomy
  • EP 425: Observational Astronomy
  • PS 150: Physics for Engineers I
  • PS 160: Physics for Engineers II
  • PS 227: Physics II

PS 113

PS 150

PS 224L

PS 250

PS 318

EP 345


Pearson III, R. L., Stencel, R. E. Hoard, D. W., Howell, S. B., Russell, R., Sitko, M. L. Kim, D. (2023, in preparation). Phase-dependent SEDs of the epsilon Aurigae disk from infrared observations.

Rivest III, L. J., Osborne, M. C., Holden, M., Moody, J. W., Hintz, E., Jeffery, E., Joner, M., Ritter, A., Pace, C., Pearson III, R. L., Barnes, J., Brown, P., Little, B. (2023, in press). Periodic variability of Mrk 501 in optical light.

Moody, J. W., Whipple, P., Hindmann, L., Van Alfen, N., Barnes, J., Ducharm, N. A., Rivest III, L. J., Osborne, M. D., Holden, M., Pace, C., Pearson III, R. L., Little, B. and Hintz, E. (2017). Automated Polarimetry with Smaller Aperture Telescopes: The ROVOR Observatory, Galaxies, 5:70.

Carnerero, M. I. et al (2017). Dissecting the long-term emission behavior of the BL Lac object Mrk 421, MNRAS, 472:3789-3804.

Ahnen, M. L. et al. (2017). Multiband variability studies and novel broadband SED modeling of Mrk 501 in 2009, A&A, 603:A31.

Pearson, R. L. & Stencel, R. (2015). Constraints from an asymmetrically heated disk: Investigating the epsilon Aurigae disk, ApJ, 798:11.

Aleksić, J. et al. (2015). The 2009 multiwavelength campaign on Mrk 42. A&A, 576, A126.

Canfield, N. L., Kim, J. Y. Bonnett, J. F., Pearson III, R. L., Sprenkle, V. L. Jung, K. (2015) Effects of fabrication conditions on mechanical properties and microstructures of duplex beta’’-Al2O3 solid electrolyte. Materials Science and Engineering B, 197:43-50.

Pace, C. J., Pearson, R. L., Moody, J. W., Joner, M. D., Little, B. (2013). The Stability of BVRI Comparison Stars Near Selected TeV Blazars. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 125, 926, 344-350.

Pearson, R. L. & Stencel, R. (2012). Modeling the Disk in the epsilon Aurigae System: a Brief Review with Proposed Numerical Solutions. JAAVSO, 40.

Moody, J. W., Boizelle, B., Bates, K., Little, B., McCombs, T., Nelson, J., Pace, C., Pearson, R. L., Harrison, J., Brown, P. J., Barnes, J. (2012). Remove Observatory for Variable Object Research (ROVOR). Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 124, 919, 956-962.

Abdo, A. A., et al. (2011). Fermi Large Area Telescope Observations of Markarian 421: The Missing Piece of its Spectral Energy Distribution. The Astrophysical Journal, 736, 2, 131.

Abdo, A. A., et al. (2011). Insights into the High-energy -ray Emission of Markarian 501 from Extensive Multifrequency Observations in the Fermi Era. The Astrophysical Journal, 727, 2, 129.

Grady, C.A, Schneider, G., Sitko, M.L., Williger, G.M., Hamaguchi, K., Brittain, S.D., Ablordeppey, K., Apai, D., Beerman, L., Carpenter, W.J., Collins, K.A., Fukagawa, M., Hammel, H. B., Henning, Th., Hines, D., Kimes, R., Lynch, D.K., Ménard, F., Pearson, R., Russell, R.W., Silverstone, M., Smith, P.S., Troutman, M., Wilner, D., Woodgate, B., Clampin, M. (2009). Revealing the structure of a pre-transitional disk: The case of the Herbig F star SAO 206462 (HD 135344B). The Astrophysical Journal, 699, 2, 1822-1842.

Lynch, D.K., Woodward, C.E., Gehrz, R., Helton, L.A., Rudy, R.J., Russell, R.W., Pearson, R., Venturini, C.C., Mazuk, S., Rayner, J., Ness, J.U., Starrfield, S., Wagner, R.M., Osborne, J.P., Page, K., Puetter, R.C., Perry, R.B., Schwarz, G., Vanlandingham, K.,+12 others. (2008). Nova V2362 Cygni (nova Cygni 2006): Spitzer, Swift, and ground-based spectral evolution. The Astronomical Journal, 136, 5, 1815-1827.

Pavlenko, Ya.V., Evans, A., Kerr, T., Yakovina, L. Woodward, C.E., Lynch, D., Rudy, R., Pearson, R.L., Russell, R.W. (2008). Metallicity and effective temperature of the secondary of RS Ophiuchi. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 485, 2, 541-545.

(recent) POSTERS

J. Breakall, S. Logan, B. Pyper, R. Pearson, W. Adams (2020) "Faculty's Perceptions of 7-12 Teaching as a Career: Changing the Conversation Around Physics Teacher Recruitment," PhysTEC conference, PS.09.

R. Pearson III, B. Armentrout, M. Farooq, J. Hughes, T. Oswalt (2020) "Improving Student Success in Introductory Physics Courses at ERAU," AAPT W20, PST1A03.

R. Pearson III, C. Rhorbacher (2020) "Case Study of SRL and the CLASS in Introductory Physics Courses," AAPT W20, PST1A04.

R. Pearson III, S. Logan, W. Adams (2020) "Understanding the Perception Radar Plots of the PTaP & PTaP.HE," AAPT W20, PST2A14.


R. Pearson III, S. Logan, W. Adams (2020) "GFO PTaP 2019: Preliminary Scores and Analysis," AAPT W20, CC07.

W. Adams, S. Logan, R. Pearson III (2020) "Research Design of the Get the Facts Out Project," AAPT W20, DB01.

B. Pyper, S. Logan, R. Pearson III, W. Adams (2020) "Statistical analyses of the PTaP.HE, a faculty perceptions instrument," AAPT W20, DB03

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

American Physical Society (APS)

National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)