Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Physics
Phone: 330-263-2488
Office Address: 106 Taylor


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Physics and Mathematics) 1999
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University (Astronomy and Astrophysics) 2005

Senior Theses Advised [abstracts]

  • Vanessa Logan, Worlds as Real as Ours: Image Processing and Differential Photometry of Transiting Exoplanets, 2014
  • Tyler Rhoades, Differential Photometry of Transiting Exoplanets, 2013
  • Duncan Price, Liquid Body Armor and Shear Thickening Fluids, 2013
  • Andrew Sopher, Head for Safety, 2013
  • Patrick Butler, Air Drag and External Ballistics, 2012
  • Kemal Ramic, Monte Carlo Simulations of the Clumpy Torus in Active Galactic Nuclei, 2012
  • Alex Sullivan, Determining the clumpy nature of the toroidal region: An analysis of X-ray emissions from active galactic nuclei, 2011

Recent Publications

  • "Multi-Wavelength Observations of a Sample of Intermediate-Luminosity Radio-Loud Active Galaxies", Karen T. Lewis, Rita M. Sambruna, Emmanouil Angelakis, Michael Eracleous, Chi C. Cheung and Matthias Kadler The Astronomical Journal, Volume 142:9, p13 (2011)
  • "Long-term Profile Variability in Active Galactic Nucleus with Double-peaked Balmer Emission Lines", Karen T. Lewis, Michael Eracleous (Department of Astronomy, The Pennsylvania State University), Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann (Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegra, RS, Brasil) The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, Volume 187, 416-446 (2010)
  • "Optical Properties of Swift BAT-detected Active Galactic Nuclei Sources", L. Winter, K.T. Lewis, M. Koss, S. Veilleux, B. Keeney and R.F. Mushotzky The Astrophysical Journal, 710:1, p 503 (2010)

Courses Taught

  • General Physics
  • General Physics Lab
  • Foundations of Physics Lab
  • Astronomy of the Solar System
  • Astronomy of the Stars and Galaxies
  • Astrophysics
  • Math Methods for Scientists
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Thermal Physics
  • First Year Seminar

Research Interests

  • Analysis of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) found in the XMM-Newton Slew Survey; also AGN with unusual double-peaked emission lines; transiting exoplanets