Richard Panek’s Tribute to Vera Rubin on

“Vera Rubin Didn’t Discover Dark Matter,” MFAW-VT faculty member Richard Panek‘s tribute
to revolutionary American astroner Vera Rubin, is live at
Rubin (1928-2016) pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates and uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion by studying galactic rotation curves.  Initially, Rubin’s galaxy rotation problem was met with skepticism, but her results were confirmed over subsequent decades.
Panek, a Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of The 4% Universe:  Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, which won the American Institute of Physics communication award in 2012.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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