Christopher L DustonAssistant Professor of PhysicsDepartment of PhysicsMerrimack CollegeNorth Andover, MA,01845Email:[email protected]Homepage:Citizenship: United StatesEducationPh.D. Physics, Florida State University,2013.Committee:M. Marcolli (chair), L. Reina, O. Vafek, E. Klassen (FSU Math), H. Prosper, E. Aldrovandi(FSU Math), E. Hironaka (FSU Math).Dissertation Title:Exotic Smoothness, Branched Covering Spaces, and Quantum Gravity.M.S. Physics, Florida State University,2009.M.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University,2007.Committee:R. Ciardullo (chair), S. Sigurdsson, R. Wade.Thesis Title:Blue Stragglers and the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function.B.S. Astrophysics, University of Massachusetts,2005.Minors:Physics, Mathematics, Music.Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Commonwealth College Honors Student (adviser D. Wang).Thesis Title:Discrete Point Sources in the Chandra Galactic Center X-ray Survey.Academic ExperienceMerrimack College, Department of PhysicsAssistant Professor of Physics (2016-present). Courses taught:Physics I, Physics II, General Physics II,Analytical Mechanics.Term Assistant Professor of Physics (2014-2016).The Expert TA Online Physics Grading SystemContent Director (2013-present). Responsible for reviewing solutions, developing constructive studentfeedback, writing new problems, and organizing initiatives.