Acclaimed Columbia professor and partigoer David Helfand will be spending this fall north of the border, at Quest University in Canada.  Helfand will be a “visiting tutor” at the newly-founded university, and his faculty profile includes a link to apply to Quest in case you want to follow your favorite astrophysicist / core course founder / Varsity Show character.  For even more serious Helfand-stalkers, the website supplies his new e-mail address and a number to call him at – but the number is actually just the main QuestU line, where he probably won’t be answering phones (but with only ten professors listed, maybe he will be.)

The profile’s not a bad read: Helfand reveals his mission, “The goal is to obtain a complete picture of birth and death (for stars) in the Milky Way,” and Dave reveals himself to be a jokestar, as well as a chef, with this gem: “David believes he is a better cook than astronomer and, ambiguously, most of his colleagues who have sampled his gastronomical undertakings agree.” Unfortunately, it looks like he hasn’t come up with new material recently, since those lines have already been used in his profiles here and here.