Shining Light on Astronomy

Donor Russell Frank, left, and astrophysics professor Bing Zhang.
Oct. 23, 2012

Russell Frank’s universe expanded after he decided to explore his interest in physics. Now he is sponsoring a lecture series to spark the intellectual curiosity of others.

Last year, Frank enrolled in an undergraduate physics course simply because he enjoyed the subject. The lifelong learner and local transplant had such a good experience in professor Bing Zhang’s general astronomy course that he decided to audit Zhang’s graduate course about gamma ray bursts. “He [Zhang] is so bright and has a special ability of making the complicated material easy to understand,” said the 64-year-old Frank.

The New Jersey native wanted to bring more recognition to the department and the university so he funded a new lecture series.

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