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Ellingson, Erica Associate Professor


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  • Dr. Ellingson's research includes multi-wavelength studies of galaxy cluster to map their galaxy, gas and dark matter distributions. Recent interdisciplinary work includes astronomical visualizations of Mayan codices and astronomical surveys of pre-Incan sites. She also serves as an astronomical consultant to the National Park Service and planetarium show producer on the astronomical practices of the Ancestral Puebloans.


  • extragalactic astronomy, observational astronomy, astronomy education, historical and cultural astronomy, skyscape archaeology


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courses taught

  • ASTR 1200 - Stars and Galaxies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    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.


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