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Christopher Impey studies the evolution of distant galaxies as well as science literacy, instructional technology, and online pedagogy. Impey and his team use large telescopes in Arizona and Chile to investigate the supermassive black holes at the center of remote galaxies. He also aims to implement evidence-based instructional strategies and assessments in online classes such as massive open online classes (MOOCs). Impey’s development of “flipped” or “hybrid” course models is bridging the gap between formal university-based learning and informal lifelong learning.