Education and Public Outreach

Undergraduates interested in doing research with us please see our opportunities listed on the UCSB Faculty Outreach page for Physics


Interested in a Lab Tour? Contact us!

Students from Santa Barbara City College visiting the Astrobiology Lab of Dr. Pradeep Joshi in the  Rothman Lab in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology


Middle and High School students visiting our lab


Past Projects, Available for Public Use:
Teaching Astronomy with the immersive, interactive  Planck Mission Simulation
  Using the  Physics of Music to teach about how we extract information about the universe from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Links:

  1. Sonifying the CMB original software
  2. Sonifying the CMB collaborative project with the Media Arts Technology Group
  3. Interactive sonification and map
  Planck Presents! Interactive display for museums & science centers.



“STEM to STEAM” – teaching physics through arts-based teaching strategies

A College Level Course: Symmetry and Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics

Middle School Level Theater Projects: Teaching Physics through Dance: In the summers of 2013, 2014, and 2015 Dr. van der Veen was the choreographer in residence at Notre Dame University’s Art 2 Science Camp where she developed three dance productions that were performed by the campers: Lives of Scientists, The REAL Big Bang Theory, and Symmetry and String Theory: The Search for Nature’s Deepest Secrets.

Interested teachers who would like to produce these shows with students please contact her for information at jatila[at]physics[dot]ucsb[dot]edu.

Contact: Professor Philip Lubin at lubin[at]deepspace[dot]ucsb[dot]edu
Contact: Dr. Jatila van der Veen at jatila[at]physics[dot]ucsb[dot]edu
Funding sources: NASA Planck Mission, NASA Summer of Innovation, NASA Space Grant