COLCHESTER Astronomer/cosmologist John M. OMeara, PhD, of Winooski has been named Saint Michaels College assistant professor of physics, starting with the fall 2008 semester. OMeara earned his doctorate in physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2004. His dissertation is titled Cosmology from the High Redshift Intergalactic Medium. OMeara will teach introductory astronomy and electrodynamics, an electricity and magnetism course for upper level students. He will make use of the colleges Holcomb Observatory as a teaching resource. For research, however, he will need to fly, when possible, to Hawaii or Chile to use bigger, less weather-hampered telescopes, or book computer time with the Hubble Space Telescope.