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RIA # 125: Dr. Tim McKay on Astrophysics

Dr. Tim McKay

Dr. Tim McKay

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Tim McKay, the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, & Education at the University of Michigan. He was trained as a particle physicist, and has been teaching large physics courses and doing research in cosmology, astrophysics, and education at Michigan for 25 years. All of his work involves drawing inference from large, complex data sets. In recent years, he has helped launch a campus-wide Foundational Course Initiative. This project promotes and supports collaborative design, development, and delivery of large residential courses, with a strong emphasis on examining evidence and personalizing the student experience.

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Segment 1: Astrophysics Research [00:00-11:42]

In this first segment, Tim describes his research in astrophysics.

Segment 2: Building Research Tools [11:43-22:09]

In segment two, Tim shares about some of the tools he has built to collect data for his research.

Segment 3: Learning Analytics Research [22:10-37:09]

In segment three, Tim discusses what led him to research learning analytics.

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