Dr. John M. Keller's research focuses around astronomy education. As Director of Fiske Planetarium, a 207-seat digital dome facility on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Keller is actively involved in studying science learning in immersive environments. Keller also serves as a PI for RECON, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network, an NSF-funded citizen science astronomy research project involving over 50 secondary schools across the western United States to measure trans-Neptunian Objects. Keller is also playing a leading role in studying longitudinal impacts of providing mentored summer research experiences to aspiring K-12 teachers on their classroom practices and retention in teaching.
ASTR 1000 - The Solar System
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 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 2000 - Ancient Astronomies of the World
Documents the numerous ways in which observational astronomy and cosmology have been features of ancient cultures. Includes naked eye astronomy, archaeoastronomy, ethnoastronomy, concepts of time, calendrics, cosmogony, and cosmology.
ASTR 3400 - Research Methods in Astronomy
Introduces research methods in astronomy and engages students in an active research project. The research projects will vary and may include astronomical observations, data analysis, scientific programming, theoretical models and statistical inference. As part of their research, students will read scientific papers, attend local seminars and prepare oral and written research proposals and reports. Elective for ASTR majors.