Jatila Van der Veen

Jatila Van der Veen
University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB · Department of Physics

Ph.D.

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September 2009 - present
University of California, Santa Barbara
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  • Research Assistant

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Poster displaying preliminary results of a pilot study using a virtual solar system in a desk-top environment to teach basic Earth-Moon-Sun dynamics.Research questions: 1.Does navigating in a virtual solar system improve learners’ spatial comprehension in astronomy, compared to a reference group who experienced only traditional, lecture-based instr...
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The persistent fear of physics motivated the author to explore a new paradigm for introductory college physics that starts with symmetry and the contemporary views of spacetime, and incorporates learning strategies from the arts. Symmetry is the thematic foundation of the course, as the mathematical foundation of physics and the conceptual link bet...
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The primary objective of the current study is to explore a new paradigm for introductory college physics which starts with Symmetry and the contemporary views of spacetime and incorporates learning strategies from the arts to increase access to physics for all learners.
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We describe two simulations for teaching astronomy and cosmology which we have developed as part of the education and public outreach program of the international Planck Mission. The first is an interactive, Virtual Reality simulation of the Planck Mission, which supports learning of basic concepts in Solar Syste astronomy. The second is an interac...
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The persistent fear of physics by learners motivated the author to take action to increase all students interest in the subject via a new curriculum for introductory college physics that applies Greene’s model of Aesthetic Education to the study of contemporary physics, utilizing symmetry as the mathematical foundation of physics as well as the con...
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We present a new technique to sonify the power spectrum of the map of temperature anisotropy in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the oldest observable light of the universe. According to the Standard Cosmological Model, the universe began in a hot, dense state, and the first 380,000 years of its existence were dominated by a tightly coupled p...
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Planck is an international mission led by the European Space Agency with significant contribution by NASA, designed to measure the anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the oldest radiation of the universe, with the greatest accuracy and precision of any such CMB experiment to date. The present work was completed as part of the Planc...
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The Planck Education and Public Outreach collaborators at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Purdue University have prepared a variety of materials to present the science goals of the Planck Mission to the public. Here we present our interactive simulation of the Cosmic Microwave Background, in which the user can change the ingredients...
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The Planck Mission, launched May 14, 2009, will measure the sky over nine frequency channels, with temperature sensitivity of a few microKelvin, and angular resolution of up to 5 arc minutes. Planck is expected to provide the data needed to set tight constraints on cosmological parameters, study the ionization history of the Universe, probe the dyn...
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Physics education research in the past two decades has focused almost entirely on pedagogical methods, but the curriculum content remains unchanged. In a recent editorial in Physics Today (July, 2006, p. 10) the ability of physicists to ``imagine new realities'' is correlated with what are traditionally considered non-scientific skills, including i...
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In the next few years it will be possible to make maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) with sufficient resolution to determine the type of Universe in which we live. The MAP (NASA) and Planck (ESA) Satellites will shed new light on such fundamental questions as whether we live in an open or closed Universe, whether there is a cosmological...
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The Remote Access Astronomy Project (RAAP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is a computerized image data base, remotely-operated telescope with CCD camera, and electronic mail system. Students and teachers can download high quality images and curricula for physics, astronomy, chemistry, and earth science courses, as well as exchange i...
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The Remote Access Astronomy Project is a unique computerized telescope and data distribution system that has the potential to change the way astronomical, earth science and physics concepts are taught to high school and undergraduate students. The project uses high resolution astronomical and earth resource images and image processing techniques th...

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