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2023 ASU Solar Systems Astronomy
2023 ASU Energy in Everyday Life

AAS Journals
AAS YouTube
2023 MESA VI
2023 MESA Marketplace
2023 MESA Classroom
2022 Earendel, A Highly Magnified Star
2022 White Dwarfs & 12C(α,γ)16O
2022 Black Hole Mass Spectrum
2022 MESA in Don't Look Up
2021 Bill Paxton, Tinsley Prize

Contact: F.X.Timmes
my one page vitae,
full vitae,
research statement, and
teaching statement.

I've been engaging learners since about 1982, first as a paid undergrad TA and tutor at UC Santa Barbara. Mainly astronomy, physics, and math. Previous institutional affiliations include UC Santa Cruz, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MESA Summer School at UC Santa Barbara. Currently I teach at Arizona State University(ASU).

I specialize in large enrollment, online, introductory courses. Between 2015 and 2018 I was the instructor for the largest college-credit eligible astronomy course in the world (≈15,000 enrollment per run), Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy, offered by ASU and EdX. This experiment transitioned in 2018 to a new, but related, experiment focused on re-entry learners — the earned Admissions Program. This experiment transitioned again in 2021 to a larger vision of re-entry — the Universal Learner program. Currently this course is heavily enrolled with learners from Starbucks, Uber, the US military, and other institutional partners. My other 4 credit lecture + lab online course, Energy in Everyday Life, often hits 4-figure annual enrollments.

My teaching statement.

AAS Education Series:
Teaching Astronomy Online - Tools and Tips:

Partially in response to the March 2020 pandemic:

AAS Responds to Increased Online Instructional Needs
AAS Curated Content for Moving Astronomy Courses Online
Open Virtual or Online Teaching Resources

Undergraduate Open Education Resources:
Astronomy-2e by Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison, and Sidney C. Wolff
Astronomy Education, Volume 1: Evidence-based instruction for introductory courses by Chris Impey and Sanlyn Buxner
TeachAstronomy and TeachAstronomy textbook by Chris Impey
Center for Astronomy Education by JPL NASA
Crash Course Astronomy by Phil Plait

Advanced undergraduate and first year graduate Open Education Resources:
Ed Brown's Lecture Notes
The Open Astrophysics Bookshelf

Free browser-based planetarium programs:
World Wide Telescope
TheSkyLive 3D Solar System
Google Sky

Open-source for desktops and laptops:

Augmented reality apps for mobile devices.
Free, often with with paid upgrade options:

Commercial, often with institutional discounts:
Starry Night
Stellarium Mobile

Archives of Past Classes: Geometry of Art and Nature, Calculus

Illustrations for my courses, and more!

A place to start posting my notes:
Abundance variables
• Abundance variable first derivative nuances
• Abundance variable first derivative examples
• Abundance variable second derivatives
• Nuclear energy generation expressions
• Reaction network origins
Effective reaction rates for networks
Self-heating reaction networks

Future famous astrophysicists in action
at the 2016 MESA Summer School