"I'm a black hole, and I'm going to evaporate away," shouted UC Berkeley astronomy Professor Alex Filippenko, flinging the candy faster and faster as students whooped and waved their hands in the air.
For more than a decade, Filippenko has repeated this annual ritual.
more Every Halloween, UC Berkeley astronomy professor Alex Filippenko, named �professor of the year� in 2006 by a national educational foundation, dresses as a black hole when he teaches his Intro to General Astronomy in Wheeler Hall.Voted five times by students as the top professor on campus, Filippenko has co-written an award-winning textbook and appeared in a number of TV documentaries. "What I'd really like is one of those machines like Hermione had in 'Harry Potter,' where you could be in two places at the same time and people wouldn't know you were in the other place," said the 49-year-old professor.He sat in his Campbell Hall office the other day, surrounded by clutter.I kind of look like the Unabomber." One year, he accidentally grabbed his microphone and threw it into the audience along with the Halloween candy.
Filippenko tries hard to make abstract concepts accessible.
more On Halloween day, dressed as a black hole, UC Berkeley astronomy professor Alex Filippenko throws Milky Ways, Starburst candy bars and pieces of Eclipse gum to his Intro to General Astronomy class in in Wheeler Hall.