|| 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
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
- Arts-based teaching strategies to improve access to physics for all students
- Learning astronomy in virtual immersive spaces
- Visualization and Sonification of astrophysical data - applications in research and education
Some Recent publications:
- Book chapter pre-print: Draw Your Physics Homework? Art as a Path to
Understanding and Assessment in Undergraduate Science Education
Poster: Astronomy Learning in Virtual Environments Results of a Pilot Study conducted in 2014.
Symmetry as a Thematic Approach
to Physics Education published in Symmetry: Culture and Science , Darvas, G. (Ed.), 24(1-4), pp. 463-484, 2013.
Folk dance as culturally-situated mathematics: A workshop for the 2013 Symmetry Festival, Delft, The Netherlands,
4 August, 2013.
van der Veen, J. (2013). Student-generated Representations of Special and General Relativity
in an Interdisciplinary College Course Invited paper presented on 28 April, 2013 at the national conference
of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
van der Veen, J. (2012). Draw your physics homework? Art as a path to understanding in Physics Education,
American Educational Research Journal, April 2012, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 356–407.
Click HERE for the UCSB press release.
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:
- Lecture 1: Introduction
- Lecture 2: Exoplanets & history of SETI
- Lecture 3: Current ETI searches
- Lecture 4: Optical SETI
- Lecture 5: Panspermia
- 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
Links to Older Papers:
van der Veen, J., McGee, R., & Moreland, J. (2012).
The Planck Visualization Project: Immersive and Interactive Software for Astronomy and Cosmology Education in Conference
Proceedings of the International Dynamic, Interactive and Explorative Learning (IDEAL) Conference, Bayburt University, July 2-5, 2012
McGee, R., van der Veen, J., Wright, M., Kuchera-Morin, J., Alper, B., Lubin, P. (2011). SONIFYING THE COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND,
in Conference Proceedings of The 17th Annual International Conference on Auditory
Display . Pdf available HERE .
Slides available under the talks section, below.
to download Ryan McGee's Sonification of the CMB application, which sonifies 15 model universes, all "flat"
(Omegatotal = 1).
Dekker, J., Moreland, J., and van der Veen, J. (2011). DEVELOPING THE PLANCK MISSION SIMULATION AS A MULTI-PLATFORM IMMERSIVE
APPLICATION, in Conference Proceedings of
The ASME 2011 World Conference on Innovative Virtual Reality (WINVR2011) Pre-print available
van der Veen, J. (2010)
Planck Visualization Project: Seeing and Hearing the CMB Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 431
van der Veen, J. and Cook-Gumperz, J. (2010) invited, International Pragmatics Association Doing Physics,
A sociolinguistic approach towards understanding the persistent gender
gap in physics Preprint
van der Veen, J.K. (2010 in prep) The Role of
Narratives in the Co-Construction of Community Identity in Physics Preprint
van der Veen, J.K., Lubin, P.M., Natoli, P., and Seiffert, M. (1998) Small Scale Anisotropies:
The Final Frontier The Physics Teacher, Vol. 36, December, 1998.
Results of 2006 Dance and Physics
Questionnaire 60% of respondents who dance recreationally also have jobs in STEM fields! How can we utilize these
data to create more accessible learning pathways to science and math by incorporating strategies from the arts?
Talks of potential interest:
Astronomy Learning in Digital Virtual Environments,
(Draw your physics homework?) Art as a
Path to Understanding in Physics Keynote Lecture,
Arts in Learning Symposium, November 3, 2012, California Lutheran University
Teaching Astronomy in Immersive Virtual Reality - a talk given for the Oregon Immersive
Education Conference, October 18, 2012. Download slides and videosHERE
Sonification of the CMB talk given at
International Community for Auditory Display, 2011, in Budapest.
Here's a talk in avatar on 04-04-2012 in the
The ARVEL Sig CAVE on our Planck Mission Simulations.
And Here's a recording of a talk I gave about Planck for the Meta Institute of Computational Analysis (MICA)
also in Second Life, on May 26th 2012, on
Symmetry: a gender-neutral approach
to introductory physics Invited talk for the First Annual Women in Physics Conference
at the University of Oregon
Visualization, Sonification, and
Immersive Virtual Spaces in Science Education A colloquium given at the School of Earth and Space Science,
Arizona State University, March 21, 2011.
3D Immersive Cosmology in the UCSB Allosphere, UCSB Astro Day, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, October 1, 2010
Planck Visualization Project: Seeing and Hearing the CMB
Invited talk: Symmetry and Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics AAPT meeting, Feb. 2010
From Sound Waves to Microwaves:
"Listening" to the Oldest Light of the Universe with the Planck Mission
Listen to the original webinar at the Learning Center, National Science Teachers Association
Symmetry and Aesthetics in Introductory Physics: An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Physics and Fine Arts Education
Download complete dissertation
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