Beth Ellen Clark Joseph

Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Planetary Science and Alternative Energy Engineering


(607) 274-3968


267 Center for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

Astrophysics Lab

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Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS-118)

Power: Energy Options for a Global Society (PHYS-141)

Earth Science (PHYS-171)

Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies and the Universe (PHYS-174)

Introductory Physics (PHYS-101 lab, PHYS-102 lab, PHYS-120 lab)

Independent Research (PHYS-299, -399, -499)

Math Methods for Physicists (PHYS-301)

Intermediate Mechanics (PHYS-311)


Member of the Presidents Climate Commitment Committee

Organizer of the College-wide seminar series "Physics Cafe"

Current Physics Department Chair

Member of the Committee on Campus Energy Efficiency

Former Member of the Center for Natural Sciences Sustainability Group

Former Member of the Committee for the Freshman Reading Initiative

Former Member of the Ithaca College Faculty Council

Former Member of the Environmental Studies Steering Committee

Professional Activities

Associate Editor, "Meteoritics and Planetary Science"

Co-CHAIR, American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences Conference, Cornell 2008

Former Member, NASA "Planetary System Science Management Operations Working Group"

Editor, "Earth & Sky" Syndicated Radio Show

CHAIR, Scientific Organizing Committee, 7th International Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) Conference Cornell University, 1999.

Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, Asteroids 2001: From Piazzi to the Third Millenium . Palermo Italy, June 11-16, 2001.

Member, NASA and NSF Program Review Panels, HST, PG&G, PA, PIDDP, Mars Exploration: 1995-present.

Expert Reader, Millbrook Press, 2001-2006.

Former Member, NASA Planetary Astronomy Program Management Operations Working Group 1995-2000.


Music: Choir (soprano), Piano

Outdoors: hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, & cycling

Nature: birding, wildflowers, trees, wildlife


Reading: biography, history, energy, science