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Gerard Williger

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Current Courses:
Physics & Astronomy 107, Elementary (College) Astronomy, Sp 2018
Physics & Astronomy 590, Astrophysics II: Stars and Galaxies, Sp 2018

Tutorial (non-credit, taught irregularly, assisting Lutz Haberzettl):

Astro-Boot Camp: tutorials for Unix/Linux, IRAF, DS9,  Au 2015

Past courses at U. Louisville:

Physics & Astronomy 107, Au 2006, Sp 2007, Sp 2008, Au 2008, Sp 2009, Au 2010, Sp 2011, Au 2012, Sp 2013, Au 2014, Sp 2015, Au 2015, Sp 2016, Au 2016, Sp 2017

Recitations for Physics & Astronomy 298, Sp 2014

Physics & Astronomy 307, Solar System/Astrophysics I: Sp 2006, Au 2007, Au 2008, Au 2010, Au 2012, Au 2013, Au 2014, Au 2015, Au 2016, Au 2017

Physics & Astronomy 590, Stars & Galaxies/Astrophysics II: Sp 2013, Sp 2014, Sp 2015, Sp 2016, Sp 2017

Physics & Astronomy 650, Research Methods (in astronomy): Sp 2013, with J. Lauroesch, J. Kielkopf

Past courses at U. de Nice:
Astrobiology (general education/non-majors, in French): Sp 2010, Au 2011 (with M. Adrian-Scotto + team), Sp 2012 (team-taught), Sp 2013 (for geology majors, team-taught, my part via Internet)
Quasars & Black Holes (general education/non-majors, in French): Sp 2010, Sp 2012
Star Formation (Master-2nd yr, in English): Dec 2009, Dec 2010, Dec 2011
Physics labs (in French):
  Quantum Mechanics-3rd yr Sp 2011, Sp 2012
  Electronics-1st yr Au 2011
  Thermodynamics-1st yr Sp 2011
Recitations (in French): Thermodynamics for Physicists Sp 2011

Grading history at U. Louisville

Tutoring for Physics & Astronomy 107 by former students: the A-Stars program

NSF Website for REU searches searches (astronomy, atmospheric science, materials research, physics, computer science, life sciences etc.)
NOTE: Many of the programs listed as "physics" also include astronomy!

some astronomy summer internship suggestions
Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Internship/REU, Science Magazine 2008 Dec

" So You Want to be an Astronomer " by Duncan Forbes
" So You Want to be a Physicist " by Michio Kaku
" The Production Rate and Employment of PhD Astronomers " by Travis Metcalfe
" The plight of young scientists (includes podcast) " Nature, Vol 538, 26 Oct 2016
" How Long should an Astronomical Paper Be to Increase its Impact " by Krzysztof Stanek

Astronomy books by local academics

Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus
in the Age of Galileo
Christopher M. Graney (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015)

Popular Articles on Education and Working Through College

Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College (3rd Shift UPS in Louisville) , The Atlantic, 20 Mar 2015
Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (Itís Just So Darn Hard + Grade Inflation in Humanities) , NY Times, 4 Nov 2011
A warning to college profs from a high school teacher , Washington Post, 9 Feb 2013
Some Students Need to Fail: Lessons Learned from a Dean , Inside Higher Ed, 10 May 2012
We Must Teach Students to Fail Well , Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 May 2009
Close the Book. Recall. Write It Down. , Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 May 2009
Some Students Get Away with Poor Preparation , USA Today, 10 Nov 2008
Faculty and Students Interact Outside of Class,
USA Today, 9 Nov 2008
High School Students Active in Research,
USA Today, 10 Dec 2008
Beating Cheating (with software), The Economist, 2 June 2011
5 Study Habits That (are said to) Work reprinted from, Sep 2014
Study Tips: The Transition from High School To College by Ron Theys, U Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, reprinted at
Focus on Process, your Brain as a Learning Machine, to Succeed -- not on "raw intelligence" , Carol Dweck, 1 Jan 2015, Scientific American
Why All-Nighters DON'T Work , P Haynes, B Christmann, L Griffith 2015, eLife 10.7554/eLife.03868, Brandeis U.
Ratings agency: Students judge their teachers. Often unfairly. - a meta-study of , The Economist, 23 Jan 2016
The Math Revolution in America: Math is a Tool for CRITICAL THINKING , The Atlantic, Mar 2016
Students Who Take Notes by Hand Outperform Those with Laptops (includes 5' video), Tanya Rivero, Wall Street Journal, 4 Apr 2016
A Learning Secret: Donít Take Notes with a Laptop (and don't use the Internet in class, either) , Cindi May, Scientific American, 3 Jun 2014
The rise of the 'gentleman's A' and the GPA arms race , Catherine Rampell, Washington Post, 28 Mar 2016
Why Universities Should Get Rid of PowerPoint and Why They Won't Paul Ralph, Univ. Auckland,, 02 Sep 2016
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math: The building blocks of understanding [in many fields] are memorization and repetition. Barbara Oakley, Oakland Univ.,, 15 Sep 2016
Media Multitaskers Pay Mental Price: People Don't Do As Well As They Think Clifford Nass, Stanford, YouTube video 1.8', 25 Aug 2009
How we lost the world-changing power of useless knowledge: Why Pure Research is Necessary Simon Ings, New Scientist, 15 Mar 2017

Dear Students, Donít Be a Commodity -- How to Differentiate Yourself from Other Graduates to Land a Job Vince Bertram, Real Clear Education, 16 Aug 2017
How to Really Help Struggling Students: One-On-One Instruction; Don't Promote Without Mastery Debra Bruno, Politico, 19 Oct 2017
The Americans who can't read - spotlight on Kentucky BBC, Franz Strasser & Ashley Semler, 30 Oct 2017
What Makes A Good Teacher? It's More than Raising Test Scores The Atlantic Monthly, Matt Barnum, 8 Dec 2017
NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson Q and A: Work then problem, THEN go use the computer! AARP Bulletin, Sue Lindsey, Mar 2018