Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego is a multifaceted astronomer, designer, and educator with a Ph.D. in astronomy and an M.F.A. in design. As an astronomer, his main area of research is galaxy formation and evolution over cosmological timescales. In particular, he looks at the structure, kinematics and stellar populations of galaxies both in the nearby and in the distant universe. The comparative analysis of these populations allows us to describe how galaxies have evolved in the last 12 billion years. As an educator, among other things, he looks at computer simulations and immersive environments as a way to engage, excite, and generate interest in science. As a designer, he is interested in building bridges between the sciences and the arts to facilitate the understanding of the world within and around us in informal education settings such as planetariums as well as science and technology centers.
science and art, informal science education, immersive environments
CMDP 3450 - Critical Perspectives in Media Practices
Examines the contemporary landscape of media practices across platforms, such as film, social media, painting, video, and web art. This integrative exploration focuses on production contexts, circulation and reception through the lens of critical and interpretive frameworks. Drawing from key texts by major scholars and the works of media practitioners, students develop globally informed, critical perspectives for understanding.
FILM 1003 - Space Odysseys: Astrophys/Astronomy via Cinema/Arts
Understanding representation of space in cinematic arts, as well as the underlying science. What are the political, societal, scientific and commercial motives in attempting to show our species venturing beyond Earth? These adventures highlight our hopes and fears for the future, while simultaneously clarifying contemporary anxieties. From the director G. Melies to the screenwriter B. Marling. Formerly FILM 1003.
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.