Faculty and Staff
David Toot
Professor, Physics
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Science Center 218
Department: Physics & Astronomy  
Office Hours: Mon: 2:20 p.m.
Tue: 10:20 a.m.
Wed: 3:20 p.m.
Thu: 11:20 a.m..
Fri: 9:20 a.m..
Phone: 607.871.2842  
Personal Webpage: helios.alfred.edu  
David Toot
B.S.: Physics
Mount Union College, 1977

Ph.D.: Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder, 1985

Teaching Interests

Introductory and advanced astronomy/astrophysics

Calc and non-calc-based introductory physics
Practical Optics


Current Research

H alpha solar flare at high resolutions. Relationship between hard and soft x-ray signatures of solar flares.

chromospheric and coronal magnetic field of the sun, including the ultraviolet nature of quiescent solar prominences.

NSF funded project studying the H alpha solar flare at high resolutions, using video and video capture technology. Research being conducted at the Stull Observatory, Alfred University.

Variable Stars

Administrative Experience

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2000 - 2002
Coordinator Alfred University Institute for Science, Math, and Technology Education, 2002-2007
Coordinator, Oishei Foundation grant for Astronomy Education with Buffalo Public Schools, 2002-2006
Director, Stull Observatory, 1993 - present


Vocal and choral music