Jatila van der Veen, Ph.D.
Project Scientist, Experimental Cosmology Group, Interstellar Exploration
Department of Physics,
University of California, Santa Barbara
Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, Santa Barbara City College
Office: 1001, Physics Trailer 2 (Bldg. 937 on the Interactive campus map )
Office phone: 805-893-5068
email: jatila[at]physics[.]ucsb[.]edu
Current CV (Feb., 2019)

My research in science education focuses on:

...although I am currently working mostly on writing proposals to get funding, and development of our

Some Recent publications:

Current Collaborations:

Classes for Winter, 2019

Astro 101 honors at Santa Barbara City College, 01/15/2019 - 05/15/2019
Topic for this year: Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

For reference, please see our SETI / Trillion Planet Survey research page.
For educators and others who want some information as a starting point for research on SETI, you are welcome to my lecture slides:
  1. Lecture 1: Introduction
  2. Lecture 2: Exoplanets & history of SETI
  3. Lecture 3: Current ETI searches
  4. Lecture 4: Optical SETI
  5. Lecture 5: Panspermia
  6. Lecture 6: What we can learn about a planet from probing its interior

The last symmetry class, Spring quarter, 2016. Sadly, the NASA funding for teaching this class ended in June, 2016. The last slides and syllabus still available for anyone who is interested. See web.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila/symmetry-and-aesthetics-in-physics.html

Links to Older Papers:

Talks of potential interest:


Symmetry and Aesthetics in Introductory Physics: An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Physics and Fine Arts Education
Download complete dissertation HERE

For Fun:


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