Luke Leisman and the Search for (Almost) Starless Galaxies

Luke Leisman has a very interesting job. The Grand Rapids native, now a professor of physics and astronomy at Valparaiso University in Indiana, uses some of the largest radio telescopes on earth to study faint galaxies with only a smattering of stars, and he does so with students who share his delight in a sense of discovery. The Calvin College graduate, who went on to receive a PhD from Cornell University, is also notable as a recipient of the prestigious Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship upon graduation from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 2007.