Meet the Aresty Research Center Staff

Charles KeetonCharles Keeton, Faculty Director, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  After earning a B.A. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Professor Keeton did research at the University of Arizona and the University of Chicago before joining the faculty of Rutgers University in 2004. He studies how gravity bends light to investigate dark matter and black holes, using the Hubble Space Telescope as well as observatories around the world. Chuck Keeton's research has been featured on National Public Radio,, and in New Scientist magazine.  In 2010 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama for his innovative work in the integration of research and education. Learn more about Professor Keeton's research and his most recent book.

Katie Pyott, Senior Program Coordinator, received her Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Katie has worked extensively with undergraduate students, first as the General Manager of Penn Student Agencies at UPenn, and later as the Education Associate and University Liaison for the State Theatre (New Brunswick). Katie also coordinated an international fellowship program for scholars and writers at the New York Public Library. She serves as the primary point of contact for students and faculty participants in the Aresty Center's programs, and drives many of the Center's marketing and social media efforts.