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Keller, John M

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  • Dr. John M. Keller's research focuses around astronomy education. As Director of Fiske Planetarium, a 207-seat digital dome facility on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Keller is actively involved in studying science learning in immersive environments. Keller also serves as a PI for RECON, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network, an NSF-funded citizen science astronomy research project involving over 50 secondary schools across the western United States to measure trans-Neptunian Objects. Keller is also playing a leading role in studying longitudinal impacts of providing mentored summer research experiences to aspiring K-12 teachers on their classroom practices and retention in teaching.

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  • Astronomy Education Research, Planetarium, Immersive Environments, Stellar Occultations

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  • ASTR 1000 - The Solar System
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduction to the night sky, planets, moons and the life in our solar system. Highlights the latest discoveries from space. For non-science majors. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Offers opportunities for nighttime observations at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Similar to ASTR 1010, but without lab. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1030.
  • ASTR 1010 - Introductory Astronomy 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Introduction to the night sky, planets, moons and the life in our solar system. Highlights the latest discoveries from space. For non-science majors. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Requires nighttime observations at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Similar to ASTR 1000, but with additional lab. Degree credit granted for only one of ASTR 1000 or ASTR 1010.
  • ASTR 1200 - Stars and Galaxies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Non-science majors are introduced to the nature and workings of the Sun, stars, neutron stars, black holes, interstellar gas, galaxies, quasars, plus structure and origins of the universe. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Offers opportunities to attend nighttime observation sessions at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Same as ASTR 1020 and ASTR 1040.
  • ASTR 2000 - Ancient Astronomies of the World
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Documents the numerous ways in which observational astronomy and cosmology have been features of ancient cultures. Includes naked eye astronomy, archaeoastronomy, ethnoastronomy, concepts of time, calendrics, cosmogony, and cosmology.
  • ASTR 3400 - Research Methods in Astronomy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces research methods in astronomy and engages students in an active research project. The research projects will vary and may include astronomical observations, data analysis, scientific programming, theoretical models and statistical inference. As part of their research, students will read scientific papers, attend local seminars and prepare oral and written research proposals and reports. Elective for ASTR majors.
  • ASTR 4500 - Special Topics in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 4800 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Designed to meet needs of students with topics of pertinent interest. May be repeated up to 18 total hours.
  • EDUC 5800 - Master's Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Designed to meet needs of students with topics of pertinent interest. May be repeated up to 18.00 total credit hours. Allows multiple enrollment in term.

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