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Outreach


GALEX Discovery Station

Graduate student Amanda Moffett led our team's effort to create a touchscreen "Discovery Station" in Chapman Hall on UNC campus, a prime location for pedestrian traffic. The station features interactive overlays of multi-wavelength galaxy images and two videos about galaxy evolution, one offering general background and the other explaining Amanda's research on extended ultraviolet disks as signatures of disk rebirth in E/S0 galaxies. Pictured from left to right: former undergraduate David Bradley who co-wrote the video scripts with us, Amanda, me, Jay Heinz of Morehead Science Center who produced the videos, and Jason Coposky of RENCI who programmed the touchscreen activity. The display was funded by a NASA Grant supplement to our GALEX Space Telescope observing program.

CAP Program

I directed the Computational Astronomy and Physics (CAP) summer program as an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) site from 2011-2015 then converted it to the CAP Boot Camp in 2017-2018. Computational tutorials from the CAP program are freely available here. CAP has been funded by generous support from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the NSF, Data@Carolina, and individual faculty.

AIMs Curriculum

I partnered with other current and former Teach For America corps members, most notably KIPP Pride High School teacher Keith Starr, to create the Astronomy Instructional Modules (AIMs) curriculum for physics to enable exposure to astrophysics within the bounds of the state-standard high school physics curriculum. We have presented workshops on the AIMs modules for the UNC-BEST program as well as the SHAPE Symposium for NC high school physics teachers, with funding from the NSF.

SMART Workshop

The Summer Mentoring and Research Training (SMART) Workshop for high school physics teachers and their students was a week-long summer program funded by the NSF. I served as Director with help from students in my research group, most notably Lead Program Assistant Katie Eckert.

Talks, Articles, and Activities

A small sampling of other efforts...