Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University will delay the start of classes on Tuesday, Nov. 12, until 12:30 p.m. due to poor weather conditions. Offices for faculty and staff will open at 11 a.m. 

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Norbert Vance

Staff; Director, Sherzer Observatory

Norbert Vance 240K Strong Hall




BS, Biology, Eastern Michigan University, 1979

MS, General Science Education, Eastern Michigan University, 1984

Interests and Expertise

Scientific Instrumentation Specialist II, Physics & Astronomy Department
Design, repair, and maintain all demo, lab, and project equipment for the department; oversee shop operations. Maintain an extensive inventory of astronomical equipment at Sherzer Observatory, EMU Planetarium, and Fish Lake Environmental Center in Lapeer, MI
Observational astronomy, telescopes, imaging, astronomy education, planetarium science, earth science, model rockets, NASA, space exploration and history. Prof. Vance was directly involved in the reconstruction of Sherzer Observatory and astronomy lab following a devastating fire in March 1989. Conducts use of KEEC (Fish Lake) for astronomy course field trips. He was also directly involved in the establishment of the spherical planetarium classroom in the Mark Jefferson Science Complex in 2011. Instructor, ASTR 105 Exploration of the Universe since 1985. Developed EMU's ASTR 315 Observational Astronomy and ASTR 320 Planetarium Science courses, instructor. Lab supervisor, ASTR 204 Astronomical Investigations astronomy lab. Taught middle school general science and biology, 7 years, and held various summer jobs in the auto industry in prototype car builds in the distant past thanks to his family involvement and proximity. Interest in classic cars, especially those of American Motors Corporation where his father was a managing engineer. Music: progressive rock, classical organ, synthesizers. Sports: hockey, skiing, winter sports. Grew up in suburban Detroit, Allen Park HS class of 1973, receiving a telescope from "Santa" in 1966 and looking skyward ever since the days of Apollo!


"Practical Astronomy Exercises Using Starry Night Pro"
ASTR 204 manual at EMU
Norbert Vance & Thomas Kasper


Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)
    Outstanding Michigan Earth Science Teacher Award (OESTA)
                            Awarded for 2017
Eastern Michigan University
    Distinguished Achievement Recognition Award for Community Engagement and Service
                            Awarded for 2018


Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA)
Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)
Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)
Eastern Michigan University Astronomy Club (advisor)
University Lowbrow Astronomers of Ann Arbor
International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)
Outspoken advocate for the return to and efforts for darker skies; reduce light pollution!