Annual Report for G. Bothun – 2004 Teaching: Courses Taught

Дата канвертавання24.04.2016
Памер29.61 Kb.
Annual Report for G. Bothun – 2004

  • Courses Taught:

  • W: ENVS 399(

  • W: ASTR 321 (

  • W: ENVS 607 (graduate seminar)

  • S: PHYS 361 (

  • F: PHYS 311(

  • F: ASTR 122 (

  • Individual Teaching:

        • Jessica Bliss – Honors College Thesis Supervisor

        • Harvey Rogers – Honors College Thesis Supervisor

        • Kate Sammler – Undergraduate Research

        • Ben Winnegar – Undergraduate Research

        • Kate Fitzpatrick –ENVS Masters Student

        • Sarah Mazze – ENVS Masters Student

        • Roberto Seralles – Geography PHD (graduated 11/04)

        • Elsa Johnson – Physics PHD

        • Cullen Andrews – Physics PHD

        • Joe Helmboldt – PHD in Astrophysics at NMSU

  • Other Teaching:

        • K12 Teacher workshops in collaboration with Kevin Carr at George Fox University

Current and Pending Support:

  • 470K NSF: Data Driven Inquiry and Collaborative Learning in

Introductory Astronomy Courses: Using Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning: (expiration 8/31/05)

  • 27K NASA: A New Member of the Local Group (expiration 8/31/05)

  • NSF: Support for Research and Public Outreach at the Pine Mountain Observatory: 180K requested

  • NASA: Grid Photometry of M51: 40K requested

  • NASA: Galactic Environments of Supernova: 50K requested

  • NSF: Project TALE: Tufts Astronomy Laboratory Experience: 300K requested

Published Papers:

  • A New H I Catalog of Low Surface Brightness Galaxies out to z =0.1. Tripling the number of massive LSB galaxies known. Astronomy and Astrophysics 428, 823

  • The Luminosity of SN 1999by in NGC 2841 and the Nature of ``Peculiar'' Type Ia Supernovae. The Astrophysical Journal 613, 1120

  • Star Formation in H I Selected Galaxies. I. Sample Characteristics. The Astrophysical Journal 613, 914

  • Companions to Isolated Elliptical Galaxies: Revisiting the Bothun-Sullivan Sample. The Astrophysical Journal 607, 810

  • Data Driven Inquiry: Reforming the Teaching of Science 101 Through the Use of Instructional Technology. Council for Undergraduate Research Press

Papers Submitted:

  • Star Formation in H I Selected Galaxies. II. H II Region Properties – submitted to Astrophysical Journal with Joe Helmboldt

  • Age Dating Merger Remnants – submitted to Astronomical Journal with Elsa Johnson

  • Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Blank Fields and the Detection of Diffuse Objects – submitted to Astronomical Journal with Cullen Andrews

  • A Possible Electric Force Facilitator for Tornadogenesis and Stability – submitted to Journal of Atmospheric Sciences – with Forest Patton

  • Evidence of Abrupt Pacific Northwest Climate Change – submitted to Journal of Climate – with Harvey Rogers

In general, I no longer accept invitations to give colloquia at other places. It is not an aspect of my professional career that I enjoy anymore, for the most part. Plus, I don’t really have much interesting to say. Here is last years’ limited offerings:

  • Public Lecture at OMSI in Portland - February


  • Departmental Colloquium Spring 04 on Pacific Northwest Climate Change (

  • Pine Mountain Public Lecture to CAS Development Group – August

Progress Report:
My rate of progress sucks but its only 90% my fault. I believe there are 4 principle requirements to make real progress as opposed to incremental progress (and I am very much in the incremental era). These are

  • Motivation

  • Resources

  • Qualified Assistance

  • Time

I offer the following 5 equally weighted reasons for my incremental progress:

  • Increased Family Obligations – Teenagers are time consuming to manage and transport

  • Significantly Reduced PI Funding for Astrophysics – This is quite a serious problem which is now being seen by other members of the department in their own fields. The last grant I put in received very high reviews but the program only funded 4 out of 55 received grants. All I can do is to continue the shotgun approach to grant applications.

  • Lack of Trained Graduate Students: The best science that I produced this year has come from the Ph.D. thesis of Joe Helmboldt at New Mexico State University who I am actively supervising. My current two students at the University of Oregon are decent (and a couple of publications are pending) but both of them lack sufficient computer skills and data mining abilities to really contribute to the current standards and practices of astrophysical research.

  • Lack of the next generation of experimental astrophysics instrumentation: The astrophysical research community is very much like experimental high energy physicists sitting around waiting for the Next Big Collider. The entire field of observational astrophysics is in somewhat of a "lull" in terms of original research as a result of current these instrumentation limitations.

Despite the above conditions, some progress has been made:

Pine Mountain Observations: The PMO Wide Field Prime Focus CCD Camera was installed on the 32-inch telescope in June 1999 for commissioning operations and calibrations. Science operations begin in the year 2000 and have continued on in fits and starts since then. The camera performs well but the telescope continues

to have a series of small problems which have been corrected slowly but still limit the kind of science that can be done. As of now, some of the problems have been corrected, but the telescope still remains unreliable. A recent Hα filter was purchased to do a project to search for diffuse emission from potential new objects in the Local Group whose hydrogen is weakly ionized by escaping UV from neighboring large galaxies. This is a unique project (no one else can do it) as it requires a good filter (which I now have) and a wide field CCD imaging system. Survey data is in the initial stages of acquisition.

The New Arecibo ALFA Survey: The Arecibo Line Feed Array consists of 7 individual line feeds arrayed together at the Gregorian focus of a 20-acre spherical reflector. This new instrument has tremendous sensitivity and promises to discover all kinds of hydrogen rich systems (hopefully many without any stars in them) if they exist in the nearby Universe. I am a member of that research consortium and will be using the PMO camera for optical followed up of the ALFA fields imaged in 21-cm. We have already detected one very unusual object.
Pacific Northwest Climate Change: Climate data is noisy over space and time, just like most astrophysical imaging data. We have built a good statistical climate visualization engine for analysis of climate data and are able to make a case that the multi-decadel oscillations seen in the climate of the 20th century, may be absent in this century with this century being marked by significantly reduced snowfall at mid elevations in the Western Cascades of Washington and Oregon. This has three major regional consequences: a) reduce stream flow means power generation problems in summer and fall (expect those big time in about 6 months); b) shortened or even non-existent ski seasons; c) significant reduction in forest soil moisture and a consequently high elevated risk of large forest fires.
Electronic Curriculum Development: Much of our class reporting/document sharing software has been written and tested. The basic functionality is to turn the student wireless laptop into an input device for lecture material. I teach all of my classes this way. A good example of the kind of exercise one can do in class with this system can be found at Our software is essentially a document instant messaging system and there are lots and lots of potential educational and commercial applications. Our closest commercial competitors are Silicon-Chalk ( and

Dyknow ( in concept, but we are way ahead in terms of implementation and functionality.

Other Information:

  • Number of citations: Inaugural member of

in the area of Space Sciences. To be a member, you have to be in the top 0.5% of citations over a 20 year period.

Departmental Committees and Responsibilities:

  • Chair of the Curriculum Committee

  • TA resource manager for the department

  • Cable Jockey, Network Guy, UNIX Sys Admin

Other University Service:

Center (Associate Vice Provost for Information Services)

  • Chair of the Educational Technology Committee

  • Member of the Classroom Improvement Committee (T. Warpinski chair) - A time consuming process

  • Member of the Environmental Studies Executive committee

  • NASA Space Grant Liaison officer for the UO

Other Professional Service:

  • Coordinate the summer visitor program at Pine Mountain

with the Friends of Pine Mountain - a non-trivial task.

program (supported by NASA) - we visited 200 classrooms this year.

  • Founding and participating member of the Re-invention Center - in addition to writing articles ( I am also quite active in the regional (April 2004 at UCLA) and national (Nov 2004 in DC) meetings.

  • NASA review panel for Cycle 1 of the Spitzer Space Telescope mission – Pasadena, May 2004

  • NASA review panel for Cycle 6 of the Chandra Space Telescope – Boston, June 2004

  • Participated in International Urban Ecology Meeting (co-I: Bart Johnson, UO) at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2004. Contributed to the collection of modules for study by international students (in Holland and Germany).

  • Lead External Review Team for a review of the Astronomy Department at Case Western University (Oct 2004).

  • Participated in CNI ( Roundtable Executive Discussion on Smart Classrooms that occurred in Portland OR in Dec 2004

  • Wrote 81 letters of recommendation in Calendar year 2004

  • Refereed the usual number of papers and proposals

База данных защищена авторским правом © 2016
звярнуцца да адміністрацыі

    Галоўная старонка