Dr. Hornstein's research is focused on creating tools to improve undergraduate astronomy education at the non-major level. As part of the Center for Astronomy Education Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars project, Dr. Hornstein has led the development of the Solar System Concept Inventory, participated in several other projects designed to create and disseminate research-based educational tools throughout the educational community (most recently through funding received from Associated Universities Inc.), and helps present national workshops to train instructors to use research-based interactive teaching techniques. Dr. Hornstein is also involved with the Science Education Initiative at CU and works with the departmental colleagues to develop curriculum for introductory astronomy courses.
undergraduate education, education research, teacher development
ASTR 1000 - The Solar System
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
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
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
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
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 2600 - Introduction to Scientific Programming
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Introduces principles, methods and tools of scientific programming commonly used in research. Topics include an introduction to programming in Python, data structures, numerical methods for calculus and data manipulation/visualization. Techniques covered are relevant to many technical fields but emphasis is placed on application to problems in astronomy and planetary science. Class time is split between lectures and in-lab tutorials.
ASTR 3510 - Observations and Instrumentation 1
Lab course in astronomical observation and instrumentation. Hands-on exercises include obtaining and analyzing multi-wavelength data, basic optical design and instrumentation and statistical analysis of data, with emphasis on imaging applications. A significant number of night time observation sessions are required. Elective for APS majors. Elective for APS minors on space available basis.