DR. KRISTINE M. LARSEN
(860) 832-2938
LARSEN@CCSU.EDU

 

 

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. October 1990 [Dissertation: "The Evolution of False Vacuum Bubbles in Radiating Metrics." Advisor: Dr. Ronald Mallett].
M.S. in Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. May 1987.
B.A. in Physics, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. December 1984. Magna Cum Laude. Honors Program graduate.

EMPLOYMENT:

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. Professor, Geological Sciences Department. August 2014 - present. Professor, Physics and Earth Sciences Department. August 2002 to August 2014; Associate Professor, Physics and Earth Sciences Department. August 1996 to August 2002; Assistant Professor, Physics and Earth Sciences Department. August 1991 to August 1996; Instructor, Physics and Earth Sciences Department. August 1989 to August 1991. Job responsibilities: Teach 12 load credits each semester (a "4/4" teaching load); no release time received for outreach (including work with planetarium); no release time received for research since 1991. Two sabbaticals granted.

Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT. Core Consulting Faculty and Teaching Faculty for online courses, 1996 - present.

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Teaching Assistant in Physics. Lab instructor for Physics and Astronomy. Chief telescope operator for UCONN's two observatories. January 1985 to May 1989.

University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT. Instructor in Astronomy (through Talcott Mountain Science Academy). January 1987 to July 1987.

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. Lab Instructor in Astronomy. August 1985 to December 1985.

Copernican Observatory and Planetarium, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. Planetarium performer and telescope operator. September 1981 to December 1984.

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS:

2020 Best Paper Award, Tolkien Society, April 2020. https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2020/04/winners-of-the-tolkien-society-awards-2020-announced/

Appointed member of the Editorial Board of Mallorn, the Journal of the Tolkien Society, February 2020.

Director's Award, American Association of Variable Star Observers, October 2019.

Co-Section Leader, Solar Observing Section, American Association of Variable Star Observers, 2019- present.

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Academic Year 2018-9, Charter Oak State College, June 2019.

Invited Guest of Honor, Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 2018.

The Mary Collins Outstanding Service to the CCSU Center for Teaching and Faculty Development award, April 2018.

CCSU School of Engineering, Science, and Technology Distinguished Alumni Award, May 2017.

Invited presentations on the use of the medieval astrolabe at Auburn University - Montgomery, University of New Mexico, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Numerous live and taped interviews with all four of Connecticut's major television stations as well as several radio stations. Numerous interviews with newspapers as well as national journals such as The Atlantic [http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/05/sciences-love-affair-with-the-lord-of-the-rings/392216/].

Interviews with national and international radio shows and stations, including NPR, China Radio International Today Show and the Moncrieff Show for Newstalk [Irish national radio].

Featured on the Introductions Necessary (Notable Women in STEM fields) Podcast (Nov. 24, 2016) [https://introductionsnecessary.com/2016/11/24/kristine-larsen/]

Featured in article and accompanying video "Astrolabe Tech Made... Not So Easy" by Lee Lawrence, AramcoWorld 70.3 (2019) pp 16-21 [https://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/May-2019/Astrolabe-Tech-Made-Not-So-Easy]

Work on Tolkien widely referenced on websites and blogs, including io9 [https://io9.gizmodo.com/astronomer-recreates-the-solar-system-from-lord-of-the-1443347817], Tolkien Gateway [http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Kristine_Larsen], The Mary Sue [https://www.themarysue.com/tolkien-solar-system/], The One Ring [http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2013/10/09/80268-the-astronomy-of-middle-earth/], A Single Leaf [https://annasmol.net/tag/kristine-larsen/], Science Blogs [https://scienceblogs.com/bushwells/2008/01/04/id-like-to-thank-the-academy],

Keynote speaker at a variety of professional conferences and meetings, recent examples including the American Association of Variable Star Observers Annual Meeting (2017), New York Tolkien Conference (2016), Connecticut Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (2016), University of Vermont Tolkien Conference (2014), and Connecticut Biology Teachers Association Conference (2012).

Numerous invited presentations for professional and civic groups [e.g. A conference session on debunking the 2012 Apocalypse Hoax now hosted on the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute website and YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDa38atcXBI].

Appointed member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, June 2017.

Appointed member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Tolkien Research [http://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch], June 2016.

Award for submitting 100 variable star observations, American Association of Variable Star Observers, May 2016.

Special Service Award for work as Assistant Editor of Reflector, Astronomical League [https://www.astroleague.org/reflector], December 2015.

President of the American Association of Variable Star Observers [https://www.aavso.org], November 2015 - November 2018.

Trustee, Springfield Telescope Makers, November 2017 - present.

Award for submitting 500 solar observations, American Association of Variable Star Observers, November 2014.

Connecticut Science Center’s Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award, September 2014.

Recipient of the Ralph Donald Award for Outstanding Conference Paper, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture Association [https://mapaca.net/awards/ralph-donald-award], May 2014.

Walter Scott Houston Award of the North East Region of the Astronomical League [http://www.neral.org/pastawards.htm], August 2013.

Co-coordinator of Programming, Stellafane Convention [https://stellafane.org/convention/2019/pdf/convention_bulletin_2019_final.lowres.pdf], 2012 – present.

Co-recipient of the 2012 Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy, Florida Publishing Association Awards.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award, CCSU Alumni Association, April 2007.

Designated a “Great Professor of Connecticut,” [http://www.courant.com/hc--profs_larsen.artaug25-story.html] Hartford Courant, August 2002.

Excellence in Teaching Award, CCSU, 2001.

Astronomer of the Year, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, May 1999.

 

MAIN AREAS OF SCHOLARSHIP:

 

BOOKS:

Particle Panic! How Popular Media and Popularized Science Feed Public Fears of Particle Accelerator Experiments. Springer, 2019. Invited project. Reviewed in Cosmos [https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/black-holes-and-the-flash-new-book-explores-why-people-fear-particle-accelerators].

The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century. Springer, 2017. Invited project.

The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman. eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2012. Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards.

The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who. eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2010.

Cosmology 101. Greenwood Press, 2007. Invited project.

Stephen Hawking: A Biography. Greenwood Press, 2005. Portuguese translation (Luiz Roberto Mendez Gonçalves, A Girafa Press), 2006. Updated paperback edition (Prometheus Books), 2007. Chinese edition (English with Chinese annotations, China Renmin University Press), 2008. French translation (Michel Cassé, Dunod), 2009. Marathi translation (Jaico), 2015.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS:

"Fertility and Fetal Containers: Science, Religion, and The Handmaid’s Tale." In The Handmaid's Tale: Teaching Dystopia, Feminism, and Resistance Across Disciplines and Borders, eds. Janis Goldie and Karen A. Ritzenhoff. Lexington Press, 103-115, 2019.

"Pre-eclipse Outreach for Children: The Adventures of BB the Eclipse Chasing Rabbit." In Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality, eds. Sanlyn Buxner, Linda Shore and Joe Jensen. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 173-6, 2019.

"Dreaming the Universe: The Sandman: Overture, Creation Myths, and the Ultimate Observer." In The Comics Work of Neil Gaiman: In Darkness, In Light, and In Shadow, eds. Joseph Sommers and Kyle Eveleth. University Press of Mississippi, 35-50, 2019.

"A Mythology for Poland: Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher Fantasy Series as a Tolkienian Subcreation." In Subcreating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien's Works, its Precursors, and Legacies, eds. Dimitra Fimi and Thomas Honegger. Walking Trees Publishers, 371-94, 2019.

"Lessons of Myth, Mortality, & the Machine in the Dream State Space-time Travel Tales of J.R.R. Tolkien and Olaf Stapledon." In A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, ed. John D. Rateliff. The Gabbro Head Press, 176-95, 2018.

"'Whose Myth is it?': Tolkien Studies as Interdisciplinary Studies." In A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, ed. John D. Rateliff. The Gabbro Head Press, 415-20, 2018.

"Nuclear Giants: Human Rights at Extreme Heights." In Monsters of Fiction, Film, and Fable, eds. Crystal O’Leary-Davidson, Mary Ann Gareis, and Lisa Wenger Bro. Cambridge Scholars, 165-87, 2018.

"The River, the Rock, the Relative, and the Returned: Depictions of Women Scientists in Doctor Who’s Moffat Era." In Women in STEM on Television, ed. Ashley Carlson. McFarland Publishers, 187-206, 2018.

"Getting Down to Earth: Scientific Inquiry and Online Writing for Non-Science Students." In Writing In Online Courses: How the Online Environment Shapes Writing Practices, eds. Chris Weaver and Phoebe Jackson. Myers Education Press, 179-94, 2018.

"Medieval Organicism or Modern Feminist Science? Bombadil, Elves, and Mother Nature." In Tolkien and Alterity, eds. Christopher Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor. Palgrave Press, 95-108, 2017.

"The Host: It’s what’s on the inside that counts." In Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek: TNG Stories by 174 Writers, ed. Robert Smith. ATB Publishing, 230-2, 2017.

"Ape-man or Regular Guy? Depictions of Neanderthals and Neanderthal Culture in Doctor Who." In Doctor Who and History, eds. Dene October and Carey Fleiner. McFarland Publishers, 148-67, 2017.

"Geeks of Thrones: Scientists as Fan-Scholars." In Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones, ed. Kavita Vidya Mudan Finn. Intellect, 178-190, 2017.

"'Real Isn’t How You Are Made': Heroism and the Power of a Child’s Love." In Toy Stories: The Toy As Hero, ed. Tanya Pell Jones. McFarland Publishers, 157-68, 2017.

“Monstrous Parasites, Monstrous Selves.” In Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television, eds. Cristina Artenie and Ashley Szanter. Universitatis Press, 59-90, 2017.

"Rotters or Redeemed? Religion and American Millennialism In the Flesh." In Handmaidens of Death: Apocalypse and Revelation, eds. Alexandra Simon-Lopez and Mankhrawbor Dunai. Inter-Disciplinary Press, 35-45, 2016.

"Dion Fortune." In Lost Souls: Essays on Gothic Horror’s forgotten writers, actors, directors, publishers, and artists, eds. Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice M. Murphy. McFarland Publishers, 90-93, 2016.

"Oh Myyyyyyyy [An Exposition on the Classic Star Trek Episode “The Naked Time”]." In Outside In Boldly Goes, ed. Robert Smith. ATB Press, 16-18, 2016.

"Melkor, Moon Runes, and Menelmacar: Middle-earth in the Science Classroom." In Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works, ed. Leslie A.Donovan. Modern Language Association, 177-82, 2015.

"'Who Wrote the Notebook?' Physics, Fiction, and the Bootstrap Paradox." In Critical Insights: Robert A Heinlein, ed. Rafeeq O. Mcgiveron. Salem Press, 153-66, 2015.

"The Impossible Girl and the New World: Televisual Representations of the Scientific Possibilities and Paradoxes of Time Travel." In Time-travel Television, eds. Sherry Ginn and Gillian I. Leitch. Rowman and Littlefield, 213-222, 2015.

"The Art of World-making: Lost and Time Travel." In The Take2 Guide to Lost: The Ultimate Compendium, eds. James O'Ehley and Erin Willards. [Originally appeared in Lost Studies Online 2.1, 2008. ] Digiaction, 203-17, 2015.

"When Procreation Becomes Perversion: Zombie Babies." In Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema's Holy Terrors, eds. Markus Bohlmann and Sean Moreland. McFarland Publishers, 61-77, 2015.

"The Power of Pity and Tears: The Evolution of Nienna in the Legendarium." In Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien, eds. Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie Donovan. Mythopoeic Press, 189-203, 2015.

"'It Passes Our Skill in These Days': Primary World Influences on Durin's Day." In The Hobbit and Tolkien's Mythology, ed. Brad Eden. McFarland Publishers, 40-58, 2014.

"‘Alone Between the Dark and the Light’: ‘The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun’ and Lessons from the Later Legendarium." In Author of the New Century: T. A. Shippey and the Creation of the Next Canon, eds. John William Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, Nancy Martsch, John D. Rateliff, and Robin Anne Reid. McFarland Publishers, 221-236, 2014.

"Thank You for Making Me Human Again: Alice and the Teaching of Scientific Ethics." In Unraveling Resident Evil, ed. Nadine Farghaly. McFarland Publishers, 167-85, 2014.

"Margaret Bryan and Jane Marcet: Making Space for ‘Space’ in British Women's Science Writing." In Gender, and Space in British Literature 1660-1820, eds. Mona Narain and Karen Gevirtz. Ashgate Press, 67-82, 2014.

"Karma, Conditionality, and Clinging to the Self: The Tennant Years as Seen Through a Tibetan Buddhist Lens." In Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, eds. Andrew Crome and James McGrath. Darton, Longman and Todd, 174-88, 2013.

"'They Hate Each Other’s Chromosomes': Eugenics and the Shifting Racial Identity of the Daleks." In Doctor Who and Race, ed. Lindy Orthia. Intellect Press, 233-50, 2013.

"Everything Dies: The Message of Mortality in the Eccleston and Tennant Years." In Doctor Who in Time and Space, ed. Gillian I. Leitch. McFarland Publishers, 157-74, 2013.

"Viral Email and the 2012 Apocalypse Contagion: Seven Reasons Why the World WON’T End in 2012." In Prophecy and the New Millennium - When Prophecies Persist, eds. Sarah Harvey and Suzanne Newcombe. Ashgate Press, 239-54, 2013. Invited paper.

"Boy Wizards and Girl Scientists: Rowling's Contributions to Science Outreach." In Teaching With Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry From Elementary School to College, ed. Valerie Frankel. McFarland Publishers. 56-68, 2013.

"Doors, Vortices, and the In-Between: Quantum Goddesses in the Gaiman Multiverse." In Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman, eds. Aaron Drucker and Tara Prescott. McFarland Publishers, 261-79, 2012.

"Through a Telescope Backwards: Tripping the Light Fantastic in Gaiman's Universe." In The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman, eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 186-98, 2012.

"'You Never Said Anything About Math': Math Phobia and Math Fanaticism in the World of Lost." In Mathematics and Popular Culture, eds. Jessica Sklar and Elizabeth Sklar. McFarland Publishers, 27-43, 2012.

"Chichén Itzá and Chicken Little: How Pseudosciences Embraced 2012." In 2012: Decoding the Countercultural Apocalypse, ed. Joseph Gelfer. Equinox Publishing, 86-107, 2011.

"The Constant, the Variable, and the Bad Wolf in Lost and Doctor Who." In Previously On, ed. Miguel A. Pérez-Gómez. Ebook supplement to FRAME, 619-34, 2011. Available at http://fama2.us.es/fco/frame/previouslyon.pdf.

"Toys, a T Rex, and Trouble: Cautionary Tales of Time Travel in Children’s Films." In The Universe is Rated G: Science Fiction in Children's Film and Television, eds. Ryan Neighbors and Sandy Rankin. McFarland Publishers, 228-47, 2011.

"Sea Birds and Morning Stars: Ceyx, Alcyone, and the Many Metamorphoses of Eärendil and Elwing." In Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays, ed. Jason Fisher. Invited paper. McFarland Publishers, 69-83, 2011. French translation by Didier Willis, "Oiseaux marins et étoiles du matin — Ceyx, Alcyone et les métamorphoses d'Eärendil et Elwing." In Tolkien, le façonnement d'un monde, volume 2 (Astronomie & Géographie), 9-28, 2014.

"Frankenstein’s Legacy: The Mad Scientist Remade." In Vader, Voldemort, and Other Villains: Essays on Evil in Popular Media, ed. Jamey Heit. McFarland Publishers, 46-63, 2011.

"Doctor Who and the Valkyrie Tradition, Part 1: The Valiant Child and the Bad Wolf.” In The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who, eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 120-39, 2010.

"Stars of a Different Variety: Stealth Teaching Through Fan Fic." In Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric, ed. Heather Urbanski. McFarland Publishers, 135-7, 2010.

"Behold Your Music!: The Themes of Iluvatar, The Song of Aslan, and the Real Music of the Spheres." In Music in Middle-earth, ed. Heidi Steimel. Walking Tree Press (English version) and Edition Stein and Baum (German translation), 11-27, 2010.

"Athena and Urania – The Experiences of Women Astronomers During the Second World War." In Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World, eds. Karen Ritzenhoff and Kathy Hermes. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 204-18, 2009.

"Shadow and Flame: Myth, Monsters, and Mother Nature in Middle-earth." In The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its Sources, ed. Lynn Forest-Hill. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 169-96, 2008.

"Selling Science: String Theory as 'Science Porn'." In Riffing on Strings, eds. Sean Miller and Shveta Verma. Scriblerus Press, 15-25, 2008.

"Combating the Private Universe: Utilizing Common Misconceptions in the Teaching of Astronomy." In Systematic Reflections on the Scholarship of Teaching, ed. Paulette Lemma, CCSU Teaching Excellence Forum Monograph 3, 26-38, 2006.

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES:

"Deconstructing Durin's Day: Science, Scientific Fan Fiction, and the Fan-Scholar." Journal of Tolkien Research 8.1, article 3, 2019. Available at https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol8/iss1/3/ . Winner of the Tolkien Society Best Paper Award, 2020.

"A Journey Down the Rabbit Hole of the OED in Search of the Meaning of 'Master' Elrond." Journal of Tolkien Research 7.1, article 9, 2019. Available at https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol7/iss1/9/

"ALICE and the Apocalypse: Particle Accelerators as Death Machines in Science Fiction." MOSF Journal of Science Fiction 2.1: 7-25, 2017.

"Rotters, Walkers, and Eight-Balls: Dehumanizing the ‘Other’ and Human Vivisection." British Fantasy Society Journal 17: 29-40, 2017.

"Feeble Gods and Flawed Bioheroes: The Walking Dead’s Fictional Dr. Edwin Jenner and the Real CDC." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 49(2): 55-84, 2016.

“'Mutant, Monster, Freak': The Mythological World of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher Series." Fastitocalon 6 (1 & 2): 65-77, 2016.

"Elsewhere and Elsewhen: Parallel Universes and the Dangers of Interdimensional Travel in Land of the Lost." Antae 3(1): 87-99, 2016.

“‘A Creature of an Older World’: Tolkien and the Mythology of the Prehistoric.” Lembas Extra: Journal of the Dutch Tolkien Society, 2015 edition, 167-90.

“A ‘Perilous, Lonely Venture’: Tolkien, Lewis and the Theological Implications of Extraterrestrial Life.” Lembas Extra: Journal of the Dutch Tolkien Society, 2015 edition, 273-92.

“'Guys – Where ARE We?' Supernatural Scenarios in the World of Lost." Supernatural Studies 2(1): 104-6, 2015.

Thomas R. Williams, Michael Saladyga, Glenn Chaple, Tim Crawford, Brian Fraser, Kate Hutton, Kristine Larsen, Dee Sharples, Robert Stencel, Matthew Templeton, Elizabeth O. Waagen."Some Personalities from Variable Star History." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 43: 86-101, 2015.

"Discovering Our Place in the Universe: From a Lone Milky Way to Myriad Galaxies." Connecticut Journal of Science Education 51(2): 17-22, 2014.

"Monitoring Solar Activity Trends With a Simple Sunspotter." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 41: 373-8, 2013.

"'Nightmare Horrors and Perils of the Night': Zombies and Modern Science." The Irish Journal of Horror Studies 12: 44-62, 2013.

"'That Sickle of the Heavenly Field': Celestial Motifs in ‘The Lay of Leithian’." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 54: 38-40, 2013.

“Cosmophobia: Urania’s Lament and Lessons Learned.” Altre Modernita, 9: 4-18, 2013. Available at http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/AMonline/article/view/2979

“Scenes in Nature: Science Textbooks and the Massachusetts Board of Education’s The School Library.” Connecticut Journal of Science Education 50(1): 17-23, 2012.

Kristine Larsen and Jason T. Archer, "Ruddy Stargazers: Potter, Pop Culture, and the Planetarium." The Planetarian: Journal of the International Planetarium Society 41(3): 10-4, 2012.

"Leap Year, 2012, and Lunar Calendars: It's Time to Face Misconceptions About Time." Connecticut Journal of Science Education 49(2): 26-31, 2012.

"Flares, Fears, and Forecasts: Public Misconceptions About the Sunspot Cycle." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 40(1): 407-14, 2012.

"Reminiscences on the Career of Martha Stahr Carpenter: Between a Rock and (Several) Hard Places." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 40(1): 51-64, 2012.

"The Effect of Online Sunspot Data on Visual Solar Observers." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 40(1): 374-9, 2012.

"Variable Stars and Constant Commitments: The Stellar Career of Dorrit Hoffleit." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 40(1): 44-50, 2012.

"An Elrond by Any Other Name." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 53: 4-8, 2012. Invited editorial.

"From Dunne to Desmond: Disembodied Time Travel in Tolkien, Stapledon, and Lost." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 53: 26-30, 2012.

"Cyborg, Scientist, or Simulacrum? Cinematic Re-visionings of Stephen Hawking." Jura Gentium Cinema, 2012, np.

"We Hatesses Those Tricksy Numbers: Tolkien, Lewis and Maths Anxiety." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 52: 33-5, 2011.

"Forensic Astronomy: Solving the Secrets of Stars with Spectroscopy." Connecticut Journal of Science Education 49(1): 9-12, 2011.

"Zombies Ate/Are My Science Homework: Enticing Reluctant Science Students With the Undead." Connecticut Journal of Science Education 48(2): 11-3, 2011.

"Myth, Milky Way, and the Mysteries of Tolkien’s Morwinyon, Telumendil, and Anarimma." Tolkien Studies 7: 197-210, 2010.

"Silmaril or Simulacrum? Simulations of the Heavens in Middle-earth." Silver Leaves #3: 18-23, 2010.

"The Words of Hurin and Morgoth: Microcosm, Macrocosm and the Later Legendarium." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 49: 27-30, 2010.

"Planetariums and the 2012 Hysteria." The Planetarian: Journal of the International Planetarium Society 39(1):13-4, 2010.

"‘A Woman's Place is in the Dome’: Gender and the Astronomical Observatory, 1670-1970." MP: An Online Feminist Journal 2(5): 104-24, 2009. Available at http://academinist.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Woman_Place_Larsen.pdf

"The Stone of Erech and the Black Stone of the Ka'aba: Meteorite or 'Meteor-wrong'?" Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 48: 29-32, 2009.

"An Interview With Dorrit Hoffleit." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 37(1): 52-69, 2009.

Price, A., Brecher, K., Bruning, D., Edwards, T., Foster, T., Gross, N., Henden, A., Kavanagh, C., Larsen, K., Lee, H.-S., Pasachoff, J., Percy, J., Plummer, J., Raddick, J., Sadler, P. M., Sneider, C., Waller, W., and Wolff, S. "Astronomy Education Research Charter and Symposium Report," Astronomy Education Review, 6: 130, 2008. Available at http://portico.org/Portico/#!journalAUSimpleView/tab=PDF?cs=ISSN_15391515?ct=E-Journal%20Content?auId=ark:/27927/pgg3ztf9x5g.

"Harry Potter and the Upcoming Venus-Jupiter Conjunction: A Unique Outreach Opportunity." Communicating Astronomy to the Public Journal #4: 16-17, 2008. Available at http://www.capjournal.org/issues/04/04_16.php.

"A Elbereth Gilthoniel: The Cosmological 'Goddesses' of The Silmarillion." Parme Nole: Journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society #19-20: 43-51, 2008.

"The Art of World-making: Lost and Time Travel." Lost Studies Online 2.1, 2008. Reprinted in The Take2 Guide to Lost: The Ultimate Compendium, eds. James O'Ehley and Erin Willards. Digiaction, NY, 2015, 203-17.

"(V)Arda Marred: The Evolution of the Queen of the Stars in Tolkien's Legendarium." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 45: 31-6, 2008

"This I Believe Understand: The Importance of Banning the B-word From Science." Astronomy Education Review 6(2): 118-26, 2008. Available at http://www.portico.org/Portico/#!journalAUSimpleView/tab=PDF?cs=ISSN_15391515?ct=E-Journal%20Content?auId=ark:/27927/pgg3ztf9wzn.

"SAURON, Mount Doom, and Elvish Moths: The Influence of Tolkien on Modern Science." Tolkien Studies 4: 223-33, 2007.

"Shooting Stars: Women Directors of the British Astronomical Association Meteor Section." The Antiquarian Astronomer #1: 75-82, 2006.

"Swords and Sky Stones: Meteoric Iron in The Silmarillion." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 44: 22-6, 2006.

"'I Prostrate to the Goddess Foe Destroyer' - Tibetan Buddhism and the (mis)Naming of Venusian Features." Journal of International Women's Studies 7(4): 186-97, 2006. Available at http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol7/iss4/12/.

"Astronomical Motifs in Middle-earth: Lost in Translation?" Parme Nole: Journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society #15-16: 33-41, 2006.

"Tolkien's 'Burning Briar' - an Astronomical Explanation." Mallorn: Journal of the Tolkien Society 43: 49-52, 2005.

"A Definitive Identification of Tolkien's 'Borgil': An Astronomical and Literary Approach." Tolkien Studies 2: 161-70, 2005. French translation by Didier Willis, "Pour une identification définitive de ‘Borgil’ — Une approche astronomique et littéraire." In Tolkien, le façonnement d'un monde, volume 1 (Botanique & Astronomie), 133-44, 2011.

"Physics and Pantyhose Days." Clio's Psyche 11(4): 122-4, 2005. Available at http://cliospsyche.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/March-2005.pdf

"Women in Science: Bringing Their Contributions to Light." Choice 34: 1767-73, 1997. Invited review article.

"Women in Astronomy: Inclusion in Introductory Textbooks." American Journal of Physics 63(2):126-31, 1995.

"Radiation and False-Vacuum Bubble Dynamics," K.M. Larsen and R. L. Mallett, Physical Review D 44(2):333-9, 1991.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS PAPERS:

"Lessons from Venus: Lewis' Perelandra and Barlow's History of a World of Immortals Without a God." In Inklings Forever, Volume XI: Papers from the 11th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends, ed. Joe Ricke. Winged Lion Press, 129-43, 2019.

"'While the World Lasted': Eschatology in Tolkien's 1930s Writings." Journal of Tolkien Research 7(1), article 4, 2019. Available at https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol7/iss1/4/

"'The Cloud of Unseeing': Myths Transformed and Pseudoscientific Interpretations of the Book of Genesis." Journal of Tolkien Research 6(2), article 2, 2018. Available at https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol6/iss2/4/

"Magic, Matrimony, and the Moon: Medieval Lunar Symbolism in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun' and 'The Fall of Arthur'." Journal of Tolkien Research 6(2), article 2, 2018. Available at https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol6/iss2/2/

"'Diadem the Fallen Day': Astronomical and Arboreal Motifs in the Poem 'Kortirion Among the Trees'." Poetry and Song in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Seminar 2017, ed. Anna Milon. Luna Press, 29-40, 2018.

"Guinevere, Grímhild, and the Corrigan: Witches and Bitches in Tolkien’s Medieval Narrative Verse." Journal of Tolkien Research 4(2): article 8, 2017. Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol4/iss2/8/.

"Strange Bedfellows: C.S. Lewis and Astronomer Fred Hoyle." In Inklings Forever, Volume X: Papers from the 10th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends, eds. Joe Ricke and Rick Hill. Winged Lion Press, 204-15, 2017.

"Use of the AAVSO's International Variable Star Index (VSX) in an Undergraduate Astronomy Course Capstone Project." In Proceedings for the 36th Annual Symposium on Telescope Science, eds. Robert K. Buchheim, Jerry L. Foote, and Dale Mais, Society for Astronomical Sciences, 137-141, 2017.

"The Valkyrie Reflex in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire." In Proceedings of the 3rd Mythgard Institute Mythmoot, ed. Trish Lambert. Mythgard Institute. 2017. Ebook. Available at https://signumuniversity.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mythmoot-III-Larsen-Kristine-The-Valkyrie-Reflex-in-A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire-paper.pdf

"Medieval Cosmology and Middle-earth: A Lewisian Walk Under Tolkienian Skies." Journal of Tolkien Research 3(1): article 5, 2016. Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol3/iss1/5.

"Debunking the End of the World: It's Not Just For 2012 Anymore." In Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach, eds. J.G. Manning, M.K. Hemenway, and M.G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 353-6, 2014.

"Teaching to the Misconception: Critical Thinking and Pre-Service Elementary Teachers." In Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach, eds. J.G. Manning, M.K. Hemenway, and M.G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 211-5, 2014.

"Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey-Stuff: Teaching with a Time Lord." In Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach, eds. J.G. Manning, M.K. Hemenway, and M.G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 309-12, 2014.

"Teaching Astronomy Really Dynamically Involving Sci-Fi, or the Other TARDIS." In Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach, eds. J.G. Manning, M.K. Hemenway, and M.G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 115-21, 2014.

"Red Comets and Red Stars: Tolkien, Martin, and the Use of Astronomy in Fantasy Series." In Proceedings of the 2nd Mythgard Institute Mythmoot, ed. Kris Swank. Mythgard Institute. 2014. Ebook. Available at https://signumuniversity.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Mythmoot2_Larsen_Astronomy-in-Fantasy.pdf.

"Got Scope? The Benefits of Visual Telescopic Observing in the College Classroom. In Proceedings for the 33rd Annual Symposium on Telescope Science, eds. B.D. Warner et al., Society for Astronomical Sciences, 233-37, 2014.

"There and Back Again in the Classroom and in Outreach: Astronomy and The Hobbit." In Communicating Science: Proceedings of a National Conference, eds. J. Barnes, C. Shupla, J.G. Manning and M.G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 263-66, 2013.

Kristine Larsen, Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison, Bryan Mendez, and Mark Van Stone. "Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication." In Communicating Science: Proceedings of a National Conference, eds. J. Barnes, C. Shupla, J.G. Manning and M.G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 3-11, 2013.

Kristine Larsen, Alastair McBeath, and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, "Meteor Beliefs Project: Meteoritic Weapons." In Proceedings of the International Meteor Conference, Sibiu, Romania, 15-18 September, 2001, eds. Marc Gyssens and Paul Roggemans. International Meteor Organization, 137-44, 2012.

"Bringing the Cosmos Down to Earth: Assessing Student Learning in a Non-major Online Astronomy Course." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2010, ed. Andrew Fraknoi. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 187-8, 2011.

"In the Beginning: Using Creation Myths in the Astronomy Classroom." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2010, ed. Andrew Fraknoi. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 199-201, 2011.

"Resources for Understanding and Debunking the 2012 Apocalypse Hoax." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2010, ed. Andrew Fraknoi. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 215, 2011.

"Engaging Astro 101 Students Through Service-Learning and Community Engagement (A Special Interest Discussion)." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2010, ed. Andrew Fraknoi. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 265-7, 2011.

Kristine Larsen and Marsha Bednarski, "Assessing the Effect of a Digital Planetarium Show on the Astronomical Understanding of Fifth Graders." In Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach, eds. Joseph B. Jensen, James G. Manning, and Michael G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 183-6, 2011.

"Astronomy EPO and the 2012 Hysteria: Your Personal Guide to Joining the Battle." In Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach, eds. Joseph B. Jensen, James G. Manning, and Michael G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 265-8, 2011.

"Bringing the Cosmos Down to Earth: Assessing Student Learning in a Non-major Online Astronomy Course." In Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach, eds. Joseph B. Jensen, James G. Manning, and Michael G. Gibbs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 450-3, 2011.

"Hobbits, Hogwarts, and the Heavens: the Use of Fantasy Literature and Films in Astronomy Education and Outreach." In Proceedings of IAU-UNESCO Symposium 260, eds. D. Valls-Gabaud and A. Bokensberg. Cambridge University Press, 306-10, 2011.

Kristine Larsen, Kenneth H. Slater, and B.J. Drew V, "Pushing Glass: Engaging Young People in Astronomy Through Amateur Mirror Making Classes." In Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, eds. M.G. Gibbs, J. Barnes, J.G. Manning, and B. Partridge. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 552-6, 2008.

"The Cosmic Mandala: Celebrating Tibetan Cosmologies." In Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, eds. M.G. Gibbs, J. Barnes, J.G. Manning, and B. Partridge. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 293-7, 2008.

Marsha Bednarski, Kristine Larsen, and Craig Robinson, "Assessing Informal Astronomy Education and Outreach." In Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, eds. M.G. Gibbs, J. Barnes, J.G. Manning, and B. Partridge. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 323-7, 2008.

Kristine Larsen and Marsha Bednarski, "Muggles, Meteoritic Armor, and Menelmacar: Using Fantasy Series in Astronomy Education and Outreach." In Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, eds. M.G. Gibbs, J. Barnes, J.G. Manning, and B. Partridge. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 82-90, 2008.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen, "Getting to Know and Address Your State Science Standards When Planning Activities or Field Trips During the International Year of Astronomy." In Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, eds. M.G. Gibbs, J. Barnes, J.G. Manning, and B. Partridge. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 39-44, 2008.

"Lessons from Breezy Hill: Thirteen Years of Children's Astronomy Activities at Stellafane." In EPO and a Changing World: Creating Linkages and Expanding Partnerships, eds. C. Garmany, M.G. Gibbs, and J.W. Moody. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 383-4, 2008.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen, "Checking Your Alignment: Creating Standards-Appropriate Astronomy Outreach Activities." In EPO and a Changing World: Creating Linkages and Expanding Partnerships, eds. C. Garmany, M.G. Gibbs, and J.W. Moody. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 283-8, 2008.

"A Little Earth of His Own: Tolkien's Lunar Creation Myths." In The Ring Goes Ever On: Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference, Vol. 2, ed. Sarah Wells. The Tolkien Society, 394-403, 2008.

"Whistling Meteors, Vibrating Cameras, and the Moon-Struck Iris: Popular-level Writings of Dorrit Hoffleit." In The Hoffleit Centennial, eds. A. G. Davis Philip, William F. van Altena and Rebecca A. Koopmann. L. Davis Press, 21-6, 2008.

"The Universe is Universal: Creating Astronomy-based Learning Communities." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2007, eds. Andrew Fraknoi and William Waller. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 71-4, 2008.

"The Harmony of the Spheres: An Astronomy/Music Learning Community." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2007, eds. Andrew Fraknoi and William Waller. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 183-6, 2008.

"The Astronomy of Middle-Earth: Teaching Astronomy through Tolkien." In Cosmos in the Classroom 2004, eds. Andrew Fraknoi and William Waller. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Press, 237-45, 2004.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES:

"Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit." Encyclopedia of Alabama, np, 2010, Available at http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-2569. Invited article.

"Hawking, Stephen William.” World Book Online Reference Center. World Book, np, 2010. Invited article.

"Earth’s Crust-Mantle Boundary: The Mohorovicic Discontinuity." In The Solar System Encyclopedia, eds. David Fisher and Richard Erickson. Salem Press, 135-9, 2010.

"Neptune's Satellites." In The Solar System Encyclopedia, eds. David Fisher and Richard Erickson. Salem Press, 535-8, 2010.

"Red Dwarf Stars." In The Solar System Encyclopedia, eds. David Fisher and Richard Erickson. Salem Press, 665-9, 2010.

"Women in Astronomy." In Reader's Guide to the History of Science, ed. Arne Hessenbruch. Fitzroy Dearborn, 762-3, 2001.

"Burnell, Jocelyn Bell." In Women in World History, Vol. 3, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 220-1, 2001.

"Clerke, Agnes Mary." In Women in World History, Vol. 3, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 831-2, 2001.

"Cunitz, Maria." In Women in World History, Vol. 4, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 241, 2001.

"Kirch, Maria Winkelmann." In Women in World History, Vol. 8, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 681-2, 2001.

"Klumpke, Dorothea." In Women in World History, Vol. 8, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 720-2, 2001.

"La Sabliere, Marguerite de." In Women in World History, Vol. 9, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 169-70, 2001.

"Makemson, Maud Worcester." In Women in World History, Vol. 10, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 119-20, 2001.

"Maury, Antonia." In Women in World History, Vol. 10, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 646-7, 2001.

"Whitney, Mary Watson." In Women in World History, Vol. 14, eds. Anne Commire and Deborah Klezmer. Yorkin Publications, 494-5, 2001.

"Maria Mitchell." In Historical Dictionary of Women's Education in the United States, ed. Linda Eisenmann. Greenwood Press, 267-70, 1998.

"Sarah Whiting." In Historical Dictionary of Women's Education in the United States, ed. Linda Eisenmann. Greenwood Press, 462-3, 1998.

"Gertrude Belle Elion." In Jewish Women in America. Vol 1., eds. Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore. Routledge, 372-3, 1997.

"Vera Cooper Rubin." In Jewish Women in America. Vol 2., eds. Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore. Routledge, 1187-8, 1997.

"Annie Jump Cannon." In Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press, 36-40, 1997.

"Williamina Paton Fleming." In Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press, 105-9, 1997.

"Margaret Joan Geller." In Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press, 122-6, 1997.

"E. Dorrit Hoffleit." In Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press, 186-91, 1997.

"Antonia Maury." In Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer. Greenwood Press, 255-9, 1997.

 

INSTRUCTORS MANUALS:

Visualizing Geology. Wiley/National Geographic, 2009.

Visualizing Earth Science. Wiley/National Geographic, 2009.

 

BULLETIN/MAGAZINE/NEWSLETTER ARTICLES:

"Solar Section on Display at the 108th AAVSO Annual Meeting." AAVSO Solar Bulletin 75(10): 1, 2019.

"Wilwarin, Elachista finarfinella, Mirkwoodian Black Emperors, and Edith Bratt's Mottephobia" Various and Sundery Appearances of Butterflies and Moths in the Primary and Secondary Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #279: 14-19, 2019.

"Darkness Amid the Day: Eclipses in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #276: 8-12, 2019.

"Outreach is a Pro/Am Privilege." Astronomical League's Reflector 71(1): 18, 2018.

"'Linguistic Ghosts': Anglo-Saxon Poetry as Tolkien's Tether between Past and Present." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #270: 14-16, 2018.

"The (Nearly) Discarded Image: Tolkien's Later Tinkerings with His Medieval Cosmology." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #268: 13-16, 2017.

“Medieval Fostering in the First and Third Ages of Middle-earth: Elrond as Fóstri and Fóstr-son.” Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #264: 11-14; #265: 11-13, 2017.

“Haldane’s Rule and the Half-elven.” Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #263: 10-13, 2017.

“Exploring the Universe Through a Cultural Lens.” New England Faculty Development Consortium Exchange 29: 3-5, 2016. Available at http://www.nefdc.org/exchange/Fall2016Exchange.pdf.

"Do Dwarves Wear Their Sunglasses at Night? Pondering the Science of Moon-letters." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #261: 12-14, 2016.

"Death to Bree Creek Quadrangle: Teaching Students to Hate Tolkien One Geological Map at a Time." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #260: 12-15, 2016.

“Star Gazing at the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium.” GeoConnections 3(1):3, 2014.

"Astrolabes for the Modern Audience." The Classroom Astronomer #19: 28-30, 2014.

"Obituary: Martha Elizabeth Stahr Carpenter." AAVSO Newsletter No. 56, 11, 2013.

"Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Stuff: Teaching With a Time Lord." Mercury 42(2): 28-30, 2013. Invited article.

"There and Back Again in the Classroom and in Outreach: Astronomy and The Hobbit." Mercury 41(4): 15-7, 2012. Invited article.

"The Pseudosciences That Cried Wolf: Why the World Won’t End on December 21, 2012." Off-Center Magazine, November: 14-6, 2012.

"Why Are You Making Me Do This? Buying Into the 20/40 Paradigm One Step at a Time." New England Faculty Development Consortium Exchange 25(4): 3-5, 2012. Available at http://www.nefdc.org/exchange/fall2012.pdf.

"Durin’s Day and Moonlit Maps – Astronomy of the Moon Taught by The Hobbit." The Classroom Astronomer #13: 8-10, 24, 2012.

"What Can You Teach About a Ring of Fire?" The Classroom Astronomer #11: 3-7, 2012.

"Vampires, and Zombies, and Ghosts, Oh My... Run! The Undead in the College Classroom." New England Faculty Development Consortium Exchange 22(2): 7-9, 2011. Available at http://www.nefdc.org/exchange/finalnewsletterspring2011.pdf.

"The Lunacy of The Hobbit." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #230: 20-1, 2011.

"And the Stars Were Hidden: Middle-earth as a Canary in the Light Pollution Coal Mine." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #229: 16-8, 2011.

"Stargazing Centaurs: The Astronomy of Harry Potter." Astronomy Beat #66: 1-4, 2011. Invited article.

"Goldilocks and the 500 Exoplanets in the Classroom." The Classroom Astronomer #6:12-3, 23, 2010.

"Astronomy EPO and the 2012 Hysteria: Your Personal Guide for Joining the Battle." Mercury 39(4): 22-4, 2010. Invited article.

"Embracing the Intimidating: Assessing Student Learning in a Non-major Online Science Course." New England Faculty Development Consortium Exchange 22(1): 6-8, 2010. Available at http://www.nefdc.org/exchange/nefdcspring2010.pdf.

"12 Websites for Combating the 2012 Hysteria: Resources and Activities for Educators." The Classroom Astronomer #3: 10-3, 2010.

"YouTube in Your Classroom." New England Faculty Development Consortium Exchange 20(1): 12-13, 15, 2009. Available at http://nefdc.org/exchange/Spring2009_P2.pdf

"Students as Starry Messengers: Curricular Engagement and the International Year of Astronomy." New England Faculty Development Consortium Exchange 19(1): 14-5, 2008.

"'Rose-stained in the Sunset': Elwing and her Possible Planetary Counterpart." Amon Hen: Bulletin of the Tolkien Society #209: 17-20, 2008.

"The Historical Discovery of a New Element, Orodruinium." Zero Gravity [Scientific Satire] column, APS News, April 2004, 6-7.

"That Personal Touch: Astronomers in the Classroom." Mercury 26(3): 19-23, 1997.

"Local vs. Leveraged [Astronomical Outreach]." Mercury 26(3): 22-3, 1997.

"Mrs. Fiammetta Wilson - Forgotten Meteor Observer." The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers Meteor Section Newsletter # 19: 1, 1996.

"Family-Leave Policies at Selected [Astronomical] Institutions." Mercury 24(5):31, 1995. Invited article.

"Programs for American Minority Students in Science." Mercury 24(3): 32-3, 1995.

"Participation in Science by Minorities." Mercury 24 (3):14-6, 1995.

"An Interview with Ronald L. Mallett." Mercury 24 (3):27-8, 1995.

"The Uncelebrated and Unlucky Ursids." Mercury 23(5):18-20, 1994.

"Monthly Meteor Report - December." Shooting Star 56(12): 5, 1992.

"Monthly Meteor Report - October." Shooting Star 56(10): 3, 1992.

"Starry, Starry Nights?" Shooting Star 55(9): 3, 1991.

"Gravitational Lenses - Contacts for Galaxies?" Shooting Star 55(7/8): 7, 1991.

"The Fickle Man in the Moon." Shooting Star 55(5): 5, 1991.

"The Great Pulsar Scandal." Shooting Star 55(4): 3, 1991.

"Jupiter and the Beehive." Shooting Star 55(3): 7, 1991.

"The Other Treasures of Orion, Part II." Shooting Star 55(2): 3, 1991.

"The Other Treasures of Orion, Part I." Shooting Star 55(1): 3, 1991.

"The Stars of Tolkien." Shooting Star 54(12):10, 1990.

"The Galaxies of the Chained Lady." Shooting Star 54(11): 6, 1990.

"The Great Square." Shooting Star 54(10): 10, 1990.

"Star Patterns of Yesteryear Part Two." Shooting Star 54(9): 5, 1990.

"Star Patterns of Yesteryear." Shooting Star 54(8): 16, 1990.

"The Claws of the Scorpion." Shooting Star 54(7):14, 1990.

"The Crown of Ariadne." Shooting Star 54(6): 12, 1990.

"Seeing Double." Shooting Star 54(5): 3, 1990.

"The Forgotten Bunny." Shooting Star 54(4): 10, 1990.

"The Horns of the Bull." Shooting Star 54(3): 14, 1990.

"The Beetlejuice Story." Shooting Star 54(2): 9, 1990.

 

BOOK REVIEWS:

"Fire and Ice: Climate Fiction from the Inklings to Game of Thrones. Marc DiPaolo." Mythlore 37(2): 211-22, 2019. Invited review.

Sidereus Nuncius or The Sidereal Messenger. Galileo Galilei; trans. Albert Van Helden. 2nd ed.” The Sixteenth Century Journal 48.1: 272-4, 2017. Invited review.

"Tolkien, Self and Other: "This Queer Creature" (2016) by Jane Chance." Journal of Tolkien Research 4.2, Article 2, 2017. Invited review. Available at http://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol4/iss2/2/

"Rachel S. McCoppin. The Hero’s Quest and the Cycles of Nature." Mythlore 35(2): 178-84, 2017. Invited review.

"Susan Jeffers, Arda Inhabited: Environmental Relationships in The Lord of the Rings." Tolkien Studies 13: 215-20, 2016. Invited review.

"Rachel S. McCoppin. The Lessons of Nature in Mythology." Mythlore 34(2): 191-5, 2016. Invited review.

"C.F. Cooper Songs of the Metamythos." Mythprint 52(2): 7, 2015.

"Teaching Astronomy at the Roof of the World: A Commentary on Chris Impey's Humble Before the Void." The Classroom Astronomer #22: 24, 2015.

"Liam Campbell, The Ecological Augury in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien." Tolkien Studies 9: 84-9, 2012. Invited review.

"Richards, Justin. Apollo 23." Comfy Chair, April 13, 2011.

"Llewellyn, David. Night of the Humans." Comfy Chair, December 16, 2010.

"McCormick, Una. The King's Dragon." Comfy Chair, November 29, 2010.

"Russell, Gary. The Glamour Chase." Comfy Chair, November 23, 2010.

"Smith, Oli. Nuclear Time." Comfy Chair, November 1, 2010.

"Minchin, Brian. The Forgotten Army." Comfy Chair, October 3, 2010.

"MacDonald, John. The Arctic Sky: Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore and Legend." Choice 36(5): 910, 1999.

"Levy, David. Sharing the Sky." Choice 35(9): 1551, 1998.

"Clark, Stuart. Towards the Edge of the Universe." Choice 35(5): 840, 1998.

"Tayler, Roger. The Sun as a Star." Choice 34(11/12): 1823, 1997.

"Rubin, Vera. Bright Galaxies, Dark Matters." Choice 34(11/12): 1823, 1997.

"Sterken, C. Light Curves of Variable Stars: a Pictorial Atlas." Choice 34(9): 1521, 1997.

"Missing Links: Gender Equity in Science and Technology for Development." Choice 34(8): 1359, 1997.

"Hale, Alan. Everybody's Comet: a Layman's Guide to Comet Hale-Bopp." Choice 34(7): 1181, 1997.

"Ferguson, Kitty. Prisoners of Light: Black Holes." Choice 34(6): 985, 1997.

"Gaposchkin, Cecilia. An Autobiography and Other Recollections." Choice 34(3): 481, 1996.

"Scientific American Library's The Planets: the Ultimate Astronomy CD-rom." Choice 34(2): 302, 1996.

"Egret, Daniel. Information and On-line Data in Astronomy." Choice 34(1): 150-1, 1996.

"Clarke, Arthur C. The Snows of Olympus." Choice 33(9): 1499, 1996.

"Sheehan, William. The Immortal Fire Within: the Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard." Choice 33(8): 1334, 1996.

"Rogers, John. The Giant Planet Jupiter." Choice 33(7): 1096, 1996.

"Halpern, Paul. The Cyclical Serpent." Choice 33(5): 812, 1996.

"Martinez, Patrick. The Observer's Guide to Astronomy, V. 1 & 2." Choice 33(1): 152, 1995.

"Sandage, Allan. The Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies." Choice 33(1): 152, 1995.

"North, John. The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology." Choice 33(1): 152, 1995.

"Neal, Valerie. Where Next, Columbus?: The Future of Space Exploration." Choice 32(10): 1620, 1995.

"Beebe, Reta. Jupiter: the Giant Planet." Choice 32(8): 1324-5, 1995.

"Henbest, Nigel. The Guide to the Galaxy." Choice 32(6): 956, 1995.

"Kippenhahn, Rudolf. Discovering the Secrets of the Sun." Choice 32(3): 478, 1994.

"Garfinkle, Robert. Starhopping: Your Visa to Viewing the Universe." Choice 32(2): 310, 1994.

"Budding, Edwin. An Introduction to Astronomical Photometry." Choice 32(1): 140, 1994.

"Levy, David. H. The Man Who Sold the Milky Way." Choice 31(7): 1154, 1994.

"Corrigan, Grace George. A Journal for Christa." Choice 31(4): 626, 1993.

"Lemonick, Michael D. The Light at the Edge of the Universe." Choice 31(3): 479, 1993.

"Trimble, Virginia. Visit to a Small Universe." Choice 31(2): 313, 1993.

 

PEER-REVIEWED COMMON CORE ASSIGNMENTS (https://www.smarterbalancedlibrary.org):

"Can I Buy?": 2nd grade mathematics Common Core Standards. November 15, 2014.

"Snackin' Fractions": 3rd grade mathematics Common Core Standards. October 25, 2014.

"Can You Convert": 5th grade mathematics Common Core Standards. October 20, 2014.

"Astronomy Picture and Poem of the Day": Grades 6-9 English/Language Arts Common Core Standards. October 6, 2014.

 

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS [Student collaborators bolded]:

Kristine Larsen and Dimitra Fimi. "'It Makes Me Weep to Leave Them.': The Impact of the Cheddr Gorge, Somerset, Cave System on the Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 52, No. 2. 2020. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SE/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/343114

"Dorrit Hoffleit, Raymond Berg, and the 'Unnamed Fleming Variables': An Epilogue." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 48(1), 2020.

"Variable Stars in the College Classroom." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 47(2): 277, 2019.

"The Eye is Mightier than the Algorithm: Lessons Learned from the Erroneous Classification of ASAS Variables as 'Miscellaneous.'" Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 47(2): 275, 2019.

"Variable Stars and Cultural Astronomy." Journal of the American Assocation of Variable Star Observers 47(1): 130, 2019.

"Williamina Paton Fleming's 'Unnamed' Variables and the AAVSO: A Scientific and Historical Perspective." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 46(2): 192, 2018.

"Transits, Spots, and Eclipses: The Sun's Role in Pedagogy and Outreach." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 46(1): 87, 2018.

"Lady Grace Anne Prestwich (1832-99) and the Popularization of Geology." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 50, No. 2, ISSN 0016-7592, doi: 10.1130/abs/2018NE-309620, 2018. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2018NE/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/309620

"Use of the AAVSO's International Variable Star Index (VSX) in an Undergraduate Astronomy Course Capstone Project." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 45(2): 228, 2017.

“Middle School Teacher Misconceptions and Anxieties Concerning Space Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in NGSS.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.411.01, 2017. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AAS...22941101L/abstract.

“Caroline Furness and the Evolution of Visual Variable Star Observing.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.158.03, 2017. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AAS...22915803L/abstract

“A General Education Course in Cultural Astronomy: Exploring the Universe Through Human Eyes.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.337.01, 2017. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AAS...22933701L/abstract

Kristine Larsen, Jessica M. Johnson, and Corwin Hoover. “Identification of Misclassified Rotational Variables in the ASAS Catalog.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.240.24, 2017. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AAS...22924024L/abstract

“Oxford Astronomer John Knight Fotheringham (1874-1936) as Unwitting Godfather of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fictional Luni-solar Holiday ‘Durin’s Day.’” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #229, id.158.02, 2017. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AAS...22915802L/abstract

"Utilizing the AAVSO's Variable Star Index (VSX) in Undergraduate Research Projects." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 44(2): 198, 2016.

Kristine Larsen and Corwin Hoover. "Identification of ASAS Ellipsoidal Variables Misclassified as Miscellaneous in VSX." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 44(2): 197, 2016.

"Revisiting Caroline Furness’s An Introduction to the Study of Variable Stars on its Centenary." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 44(1): 80, 2016.

Michael Quinonez and Kristine Larsen, "Identifying SRD Variables Among “Miscellaneous” ASAS Stars." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 44(1): 80-1, 2016.

"Planetaria as Partners: The Sky's Not the Limit for Earth and Space Science Education." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 48(2): doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-271924, 2016. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016NE/webprogram/Paper271924.html

"A Woman's Pen and the Poetics of Geology: Jane Marcet, Arabella Buckley, and Delia Godding." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 48(2): doi: 10.1130/abs/2016NE-271925, 2016. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016NE/webprogram/Paper271925.html

"Utilizing the AAVSO's Variable Star Index (VSX) in Undergraduate Research Projects." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #227, #247.08, pg. 156, 2016. Available at http://aas.org/files/resources/aas_227_abstract_pdf.pdf

"Popular-level Mineralogy Texts and the Familiar Format in the Early 19th Century." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(7): 482, 2015. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper268938.html

"Recognizing and Combatting Teacher Misconceptions and Anxieties Related to the Middle School Earth and Space Sciences Disciplinary Core Ideas in NGSS." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(7): 105, 2015. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper268972.html

"AAVSO and the International Year of Light." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 43:106, 2015.

Jessica Johnson and Kristine Larsen, "Discovery of Five Previously Misidentified BY Draconis Stars in ASAS Data." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 43:106, 2015.

Melissa Luna, Jessica M. Johnson, Kristine Larsen, and Oluyinka Oyewumi, "Assessing Student Understanding in an Environmental Geoscience Class." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(3): 88, 2015. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015NE/webprogram/Paper252118.html.

Mark Summa, Kristine Larsen, Jennifer Piatek, and Allison Weinsteiger, "A Statistical Analysis of Geoscience Misconceptions Among Introductory Physical Geology Students." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(3): 88, 2015. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015NE/webprogram/Paper253228.html.

Samantha Corallo, Melissa Luna, Kristine Larsen, and Michael Wizevich. "Addressing Major Geoscience Misconceptions in an Introductory Historical Geology Course." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(3): 88, 2015. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015NE/webprogram/Paper253259.html.

"Scenes in Nature: The Politics of Geology Books and the Massachusetts Board of Education's The School Library in 1840." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(3): 89, 2015. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015NE/webprogram/Paper251618.html

Jessica Johnson and Kristine Larsen, "Identification of BY Draconis Stars Among ASAS Cepheid Candidates." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 42(1): 240-1, 2014.

Vanessa Swenton and Kristine Larsen, "Identification of Cepheid Variables in ASAS Data." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 42(1): 239-40, 2014.

"Mastery of Geologic Content By Preservice Elementary Education Students in a Flipped Classroom." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 46(2): 37, 2014. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014NE/finalprogram/abstract_234903.htm

Kristine Larsen and Jessica Johnson. "Identification of BY Draconis Variable Stars in ASAS Data." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #223, #156.04, 2014. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AAS...22315604L/abstract.

"Student Mastery of the Sun-Earth-Moon System in a Flipped Classroom of Pre-service Elementary Education Students." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #223, #451.02, 2014. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AAS...22345102L/abstract.

"Elizabeth Brown and Citizen Science in the Late 1800s." Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 41(1): 152-3, 2013.

“Illuminating Geoscience Misconceptions: Lessons From the 2012 Apocalypse Craze.” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 45(1): 59, 2013. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013NE/webprogram/Paper214119.html.

"Where is This Generation's Jane Marcet? Women and the Popularization of Geology.” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 44(2): 44, 2012. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2012NE/finalprogram/abstract_199728.htm.

“Delia Woodruff Godding, Jane Kilby Welsh, and the Religion of Geology in New England.”
Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 44(2); 43. 2012. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2012NE/finalprogram/abstract_199730.htm.

Jeffrey Thomas and Kristine Larsen, “Can Inquiry-Based Instruction Improve Students’ Understanding of the Nature of Science?” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 44(2):44, 2012. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2012NE/finalprogram/abstract_200768.htm.

“Revisiting the Unnamed Fleming Variables.” Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 39(1): 147, 2011.

“The Effect of Online Sunspot Data on Visual Solar Observers.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #218, #97.02, 2011. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AAS...218.9702L/abstract

“Variable Stars and Constant Commitments: The Stellar Career of Dorrit Hoffleit.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #218, #98.04, 2011. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AAS...218.9804L/abstract

“Struggles and Successes in the Geological Career of Carlotta Joaquina Maury.” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 43(1): 147, 2011. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2011NE/finalprogram/abstract_183609.htm

“Scientists Look at 2012: Carrying on Margaret Mayall’s Legacy of Debunking Pseudoscience.” Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 38(1): 139, 2010.

“The 2012 Apocalypse Hoax: A Geological Call to Arms.” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 42(1): 53, 2010. Available  https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010NE/finalprogram/abstract_168194.htm

“Ransom, Religion, and Red Giants: C.S. Lewis and Fred Hoyle.” American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #400.04; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 42: 216, 2010. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010AAS...21540004L/abstract

“Reclaiming the Astronomical and Historical Legacy of Antonia Maury.” Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers 37 (2):198, 2009.

"Shadow and Flame: J.R.R. Tolkien in the Geoscience Classroom." Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 41(3): 17, 2009. Available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009NE/webprogram/Paper154045.html

"Muggles, Meteoritic Armor, and Menelmacar: Using Fantasy Series in Astronomy Education and Outreach." Kristine Larsen and Marsha Bednarski, American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #212, #70.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 40: 258, 2008. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AAS...212.7001L/abstract

"Getting to Know and Address Your State Science Standards to Connect Classroom Instruction and Field Trips During IYA." Kristine Larsen and Marsha Bednarski, American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #212, #58.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 40:252, 2008. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AAS...212.5801B/abstract

"Pushing Glass: Engaging Young People in Astronomy Through Amateur Mirror Making Classes." Kristine Larsen, Ken Slater, and B.J. Drew V. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #212, #39.01; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 40:238, 2008. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AAS...212.3901L/abstract

"Assessing Informal Astronomy Education and Outreach." Marsha Bednarski, Kristine Larsen, and Craig Robinson, American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #212, #33.02; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 40: 231, 2008. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AAS...212.3302B/abstract

"The Cosmic Mandala: Celebrating Tibetan Cosmologies." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #212, #29.02; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 40: 228, 2008. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008AAS...212.2902L/abstract

"Teaching Through Tolkien: The Astronomy of Middle Earth." Bulletin of the American Physical Society #L27.006, 2004. Available at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2004APS..MARL27006L/abstract

"Incorporating Elements of Project Datastreme into a University Level In-Service Course on Natural Disasters." Steven B. Newman, Charles W. Dimmick & Kristine M. Larsen. Preprint Volume of the 11th Symposium on Education, American Meteorological Society, Boston, MA. 2002. Available at https://ams.confex.com/ams/annual2002/webprogram/Paper23835.html

"Women's Contributions to Stellar and Galactic Astronomy." Bulletin of the American Physical Society, #L6.04, 1996.

"The Evolution of False Vacuum Bubbles in Radiating Metrics." Dissertation Abstracts International Volume: 52-01, Section: B, page: 0294, 1990.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

"The Birth of Stellafane." AAS Historical Astronomy Division website. 2020. Available at https://aas.org/posts/news/2020/02/month-astronomical-history-january

Frank Dempsey, Raffaello Braga, Rodney Howe, Kristine Larsen, Ralph Chou, and Tom Fleming. The AAVSO Solar Observing Guide. 2017. Available at https://www.aavso.org/solar-observing-guide

Kristine Larsen and Thomas Corbin. "Martha Stahr Carpenter (1920-2013)." American Astronomical Society website. May 23, 2016. Invited work. Available at https://aas.org/obituaries/martha-stahr-carpenter-1920-2013.

"Science of Middle-earth." Annotated syllabus and course description, Waymeet Digital Journal, July 2015. Available at https://waymeet.commons.mla.org/files/2012/11/Science-of-Middle-earth-syllabus-Larsen.pdf.

"Supervolcanoes." 2012hoax.org, July 18, 2012. Available at http://2012hoax.wikidot.com/supervolcanoes.

"V1972 Cyg." Updated and revised article, AAVSO website, June 13, 2012. Available at http://www.aavso.org/v1974-cyg-nova-cygni-1992.

"V2362 Cyg." AAVSO website, June 13, 2012. Available at http://www.aavso.org/v2362-cyg-nova-cygni-2006.

"Novae." Variable Star of the Season, AAVSO website, January 24, 2012. Invited article. Available at http://www.aavso.org/vsots_novae.

"V382 Vel." AAVSO website, January 24, 2012. Available at http://www.aavso.org/v382-vel-nova-velorum-1999.

"V1280 Sco." AAVSO website, January 24, 2012. Available at http://www.aavso.org/v1280-sco-nova-scorpii-2007.

"KT Eri." AAVSO website, January 24, 2012. Available at https://www.aavso.org/kt-eri-nova-eridanus-2009.

"'Let There Be Light': Rebooting the Big Bang in Asimov’s "The Last Question" and Doctor Who." Scholar's Corner, Comfy Chair. May 2, 2011. Available at http://comfychairzine.blogspot.com/2011/05/let-there-be-light-rebooting-big-bang.html.

"Crustal Displacement: Science vs. Science Fiction." 2012hoax.org, Dec. 20, 2009. Available at http://2012hoax.wikidot.com/crustal-displacement

"Tree of Life or Tree of Death? Science and Sin in Middle-Earth." Invited paper, Scholars Forum, Lord of the Rings Plaza, 2009.

"Results of an Astronomy Literacy Survey." Available at http://www.physics.ccsu.edu/larsen/astrosurvey.html.

"‘There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute’: Pseudosciences and Superstitions in the Lostverse." Available at http://www.physics.ccsu.edu/larsen/lostpseudoscience.html.

"'Intelligent Design, Emergence Theory, and the Anthropic Principle: A Cautionary Tale for Scientists and Science Educators." Available at https://physics.ccsu.edu/larsen/id.html


PUBLISHED ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS:

Variable star observations in AAVSO database (Observer code LKR): 179 at present. Available at https://www.aavso.org/apps/webobs/results/?obscode=LKR&num_results=200&obs_types=all.

Citations of Solar Observations, AAVSO Solar Bulletin, 2011 - Present (by month). Available at https://www.aavso.org/solar-bulletin. Over 1000 solar observations currently logged with AAVSO.

Citations of Meteor Shower Observations, Journal of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 36(4):183-4, 1994.

Citations of Meteor Shower Observations, Journal of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 35(2):78-9; 35(3):134-5; 35(4):179, 1991.

 

RECENT HONORS THESES SUPERVISED:

Seth Gagnon, "The Case for Mars." May 2019.

Jahniesha Lindo, "Black Holes: The Public's Understanding." May 2018.

Jessica Johnson, "The Quest for Identifying BY Draconis Stars within a Data Set of 3,548 Candidate Cepheid Variables." May 2016.

Hannah Hocutt, "Dark Energy: Anatomy of a Paradigm Shift in Cosmology." June 2015.

Krisztina Dearborn, "The Birkeland-Chapman Conflict of 20th Century Geophysics and its Contemporary Implications." May 2013.

Christina D’Angelo, "Zombies: A Portrayal of Cultural Fears Through American Literature." May 2012.

Jean Lex Olivo. "The Evolution of Superman: An Icon Representative of Contemporary Audiences in America." May 2012.

Kate Anderson. "Why Join a Cult?: An Analysis of the Motivating Factors Behind an Individual’s Decision to Join a Cult." May 2010.

 

PLANETARIUM SHOW PRODUCTION SCRIPTS:

"An Unexpected Journey: Astronomy and The Hobbit." Performed at the University of Texas-Commerce Planetarium [11/13/12; performer Robin Reid] and the Copernican Planetarium [12/16/12; performer Kristine Larsen]. Invited project.

"The Stars of Middle-earth." Performed at the Copernican Planetarium [8/17/08; performer Kristine Larsen] and University of Texas-Commerce Planetarium [8/10/09; performer Kristine Larsen].

 

REPORTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:

Results of 2011 Stellafane Convention Survey: Demographics and Assessment. Springfield Telescope Makers, 2012. Proprietary.

Results of 2004 Stellafane Convention Survey: Demographics and Assessment. Springfield Telescope Makers, 2005. Proprietary.

Results of 2003 Stellafane Convention Survey: Demographics and Assessment. Springfield Telescope Makers, 2004. Proprietary.

"A Survey of Amateur Astronomers - Preliminary Results." Work in conjunction with Sky and Telescope, 1995. Invited project. Available at http://www.physics.ccsu.edu/larsen/Survey.pdf.

 

UNPUBLISHED WORKING PAPERS:

"Astronomy and Evolution Reader," edited with Kim Wilson and David Blitz. CCSU Honors Program volume.

"Women's Contributions to Stellar and Galactic Astronomy." Edited course reader.

 

INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, SEMINARS, AND WORKSHOPS:

Note: This does not include outreach activities with the general public, such as presentations to libraries and civic groups. See those below.

"Geology of Thrones: Geoscience in Popular Culture, and Why it Matters." Geological Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series, CCSU, October 25, 2019.

“Measuring Student Success.” Panelist. Recognizing and Fostering Student Success Workshop, CCSU, August 23, 2019

"The Future of Tolkien Studies." Roundtable member. National Meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, D.C., April 19, 2019.

“'And Menelmacar with his shining belt': J.R.R. Tolkien the Amateur Astronomer.” Tolkien and Inspiration Symposium, Morgan Library and Museum, New York, March 16, 2019.

"Remembering Stephen Hawking: The Venn Diagram of Two Lives in the Multiverse." Shadowgram, Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 11, 2018.

"Life of Stephen Hawking." Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 6, 2018.

Live Remote Telescope Star Party, with Brian Ottum. Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 4, 2018.

"Reclaiming Our History." Panel member. Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 4, 2018.

"Ask an Astronomer." Panel member. Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 4, 2018.

"'... And in Flew Enza': Depictions of Epidemics in Popular Culture." Panel member. Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 4, 2018.

"Science and Futurism with Issac Arthur." Panel member. Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 4, 2018.

"The Astronomy of Middle-earth." Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 3, 2018.

"A Tolkien Roundtable: What Inspires You?" Honors College, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, February 7, 2018.

"Transits, Spots, and Eclipses: The Sun’s Role in Pedagogy and Outreach." Keynote Address, 106th AAVSO Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, November 2, 2017.

"The Rock Whisperers: Women and the Popularization of Geology in the 19th Century." Geological Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series, CCSU, September 29, 2017.

"Messier-mania, Aperture Fever, and Eclipse on the Brain: Common Astronomical Maladies." Shadowgram, Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, July 22, 2017.

"Tolkien and Alterity. " Roundtable participant, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Diego, CA, April 13, 2017.

“‘We’ll Hit Serious Research Mode!’: Libraries and Research Methods in Science Fiction and Fantasy.” Roundtable, Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 17, 2017.

“Popular Culture Resources and Careers: A Roundtable.” Honors College, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, February 15, 2017.

"Work for the Work's Sake: The Stellar Career of Dorrit Hoffleit." Keynote address, rededication of the Hoffleit Memorial Observatory. Litchfield Astronomical Society. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, CT. November 20, 2016.

"An Introduction to the Astrolabe: Chaucerian Edition." Auburn University - Montgomery, Montgomery, AL, October 7, 2016.

"You Never Forget Your First Time at Stellafane." Shadowgram, Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 6, 2016.

"Lewis, Tolkien, and Popular Level Science: What the Well-Educated Inkling Actually Knew about the Universe (As Reflected in the Details of Narnia, Middle-earth, and Other Secondary Worlds)." Keynote Address, New York Tolkien Conference. Baruch College, New York, NY, July 16, 2016.

"A Woman's Place is in the Dome: Women's Contributions to Observational Astronomy." Keynote Address, Alpha Kappa Chapter, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Leadership Development Conference, CCSU, June 24, 2016.

Panelist, "Effective Online/Hybrid Teaching." CCSU Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, March 31, 2016.

"Numenor and the 'Devouring Wave': Literary, Historical, and Psychological Sources for Tolkien's Self-described 'Atlantis Complex'." University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, February 10, 2016.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Astrolabes." Invited presentation. Keeping our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown. New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA. November 15, 2015.

"Medieval Computing: The Astrolabe's Contributions to Science and Religion." Geological Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series, CCSU, November 6, 2015.

Panel member, Community Engagement Projects in the Classroom. How to Build Community Seminar, CCSU, October 14, 2015.

"Planting Astronomical Seeds on Breezy Hill." Hartness House Workshop on Innovation in Astronomy Education and Outreach. Springfield, VT, August 13, 2015.

"Medieval Computing: The Astrolabe's Contributions to Science and Religion." Thirteenth Spring Lecture Series, Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, April 15, 2015.

"The Hobbit: Observations on the Relationships Between Tolkien's Book and Jackson's Film." Panel Presentation, Honors College, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, February 11, 2015.

"Coming to a Sky Near You: Astronomical Events in Autumn 2014." Arunah Hill Science Center, West Covington, MA, August 30, 2014.

"Numenor and the 'Devouring Wave': Literary, Historical, and Psychological Sources for Tolkien's Self-described 'Atlantis Complex'." Keynote address, Eleventh Annual University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 12, 2014.

"Flipping a Course for Elementary Education Majors." CCSU Faculty Development Day, CCSU, April 4, 2014.

Panelist, CCSU Online Teaching Forum, CCSU, February 12, 2014.

"The Astronomy of Doctor Who." Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, New Britain, CT, December 18, 2013.

“Demonstrating Critical Thinking Through Fun Final Projects,” CCSU FYE Faculty Symposium, January 11, 2013.

"Monitoring Solar Activity Trends with a Simple Sunspotter." 101st Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Woburn, MA, November 2, 2012.

"Astrobiology: Are We Alone?" Connecticut Biology Teachers Association, CCSU, October 5, 2012.

"Cosmophobia and 2012." Debunking Maya 2012 lecture series, CCSU, September 18, 2012. Co-presenter with Ken Feder.

Co-convener and panelist, Special Interest Panel Discussion on Doomsday 2012, Communicating Science Conference, Tucson, AZ, August 7, 2012.

Panelist, "Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication." Plenary session, Communicating Science Conference, Tucson, AZ, August 6, 2012. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDa38atcXBI

"Learning from Each Other and Making Connections." Roundtable participant, Learning Science: a Workshop for Teachers on Student Engagement, UCONN, Storrs, CT, May 18, 2012.

"The Astronomy of Tolkien's Middle-earth." American Association of Variable Star Observers Public Webinar, April 23, 2012.

"Halley, Hale-Bopp, and 2012: The Return of Cosmophobia." Arts and Sciences Academy for the Public Understanding of Science, CCSU, March 15, 2012.

"The Career of Martha Stahr Carpenter: Between a Rock and (Several) Hard Places." American Association of Variable Star Observers Centenary Conference, Woburn, MA. October 5, 2011.

"Variable Stars and Constant Commitments: The Stellar Career of Dorrit Hoffleit." American Association of Variable Star Observers, May 22, 2011, Boston, MA.

"The 2012 Apocalypse Hoax: A Geological Call to Arms." Friends of Earth Lecture Series, CCSU, September 23, 2010.

"Mysteries of 2012." Roundtable panel. ParaCon, Milford, CT, June 13, 2010.

"Hoax, Hype, and Hollywood: The 2012 Hysteria." Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT, March 11, 2010.

"Searching for Earths: The Kepler Exoplanet Survey." Robert Voytek Memorial Speaker Series, CCSU, December 10, 2009.

"Teaching Science Through Tolkien." Summer 2009 NEH Tolkien Institute, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, TX, August 10, 2009.

"Baby Universes and Black Holes: The Life and Work of Stephen Hawking." Skyscrapers Amateur Astronomical Society, Scituate, RI, July 11, 2009.

"Eccentrics, Old Maids, and Just Plain Maids: Harvard's Pioneering Women Spectroscopists." Skyscrapers Amateur Astronomical Society, Scituate, RI, December 6, 2008.

"Shadow and Flame: Myth, Monsters and Mother Nature in Middle-earth." Elihu Burritt Library, CCSU, November 12, 2008.

"Eccentrics, Old Maids, and Just Plain Maids: Harvard's Pioneering Women Spectroscopists." Keynote address, The Conjunction, Northfield Mountain Environmental Center, Northfield MA, August 30, 2008.

"Eccentrics, Old Maids, and Just Plain Maids: Harvard's Pioneering Women Spectroscopists." Springfield Science Museum, Springfield, MA, April 22, 2008.

"Time Travel, Wormholes, and Parallel Universes: Science or Science Fiction?" Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, CCSU, December 19, 2007.

"Eccentrics, Old Maids, and Just Plain Maids: Harvard's Pioneering Women Spectroscopists." Physics-Earth Sciences Student Organization Speaker series, CCSU, September 26, 2007.

"The Astronomy of Middle-earth." Science Center of Connecticut, Hartford, CT, May 4, 2006.

"Whistling Meteors, Vibrating Cameras, and the Moon-Struck Iris: Popular-level Writings of Dorrit Hoffleit." The Hoffleit Centennial: A Year of Celebration, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 28, 2006.

"Darkness Amid the Day: The Solar Eclipse of March 29, 2006." Lee-Rio Lecture, CCSU, April 25, 2006.

"Big Bang, Big Crunch, or Big Problem - The Evolution of the Universe." Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers Darwin Day, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT, February 11, 2006.

"Bubbles, Black Holes and Bets -- Stephen Hawking and the Universe." Keynote address, Arunah Hill Days, Arunah Hill Science Center, West Covington, MA, September 2, 2005.

"Moon Runes, The Light of Earendil, and Durin's Crown: The Astronomy of Middle-earth." Jefferson National Laboratory, Newport News, VA, October 4, 2004.

"Bubbles, Black Holes and Bets -- Stephen Hawking and the Universe." Connecticut Star Party, Marlborough, CT, September 11, 2004.

"Mirror Making For By Dummies." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 2, 2003.

"From Singularities to The Simpsons: The Life and Work of Stephen Hawking," Conversations in the Discipline, CCSU, May 7, 2003.

"Teachers Anonymous: How Teachers Set Themselves up for Frustration." Teaching Excellence Forum, CCSU, September 19, 2002.

"The Astronomy of Middle-earth." Westport Astronomical Society, Westport, CT, February 11, 2002.

"The Planetary Alignment of May 2000." Westport Astronomical Society, Westport, CT, April 11, 2000.

"Hands-On Astrophysics -- One Size Fits All." 88th Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Boston, MA, Oct. 29, 1999.

"Team Teaching," Teaching Excellence Forum, CCSU, December 1, 1998.

"Critical Thinking." Panel member, Teaching Excellence Forum, CCSU, October 22, 1998.

"Dark Matter - Where is the Rest of the Universe?" Springfield Telescope Makers, Springfield, VT, January 3, 1998.

"Dark Matter - Where is the Rest of the Universe?" Fairfield County Astronomical Society, Fairfield, CT, February 11, 1997.

"The Asteroid vs. T Rex." Connecticut Star Party, Colebrook, CT, September 14, 1996.

"Dark Matter and Cosmology." Westport Astronomical Society, Westport, CT, April 16, 1996.

"Inclusion of Women Astronomers in Introductory Textbooks." Women’s Studies Lecture Series, CCSU, December 17, 1995.

"Women’s Contributions to Stellar Spectroscopy." Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, CCSU, November 15, 1995.

"Stellafane Survey 1994 -- the Results." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT. July 28, 1995.

"Comet-Planet Collisions." CCSU Chapter Sigma Xi, January 26, 1995.

"Dark Matter - Where is the Rest of the Universe?" Keynote address, 47th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference, CCSU, April 24, 1993.

Panel member, Roundtable Discussion on Science Education, CCSU Women's History Month Program. March 3, 1993.

"The Death Star and the Dinosaurs." Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, CCSU, January 15, 1992.

"Astronomy in Comic Strips." Astronomical Society of New Haven, Milford, CT, June 18, 1991.

"False Vacuum Bubbles in Radiating Metrics: Do Child Universes Exist?" Theoretical Physics Seminar, UCONN, Storrs, CT, October 26, 1990.

"Voyager 2 Mission to Neptune." Astronomical Society of New Haven, Milford, CT, June 1990.

 

CONTRIBUTED PRESENTATIONS [Student collaborators bolded]:

"Signum Draco Magno Scilicet, or, Earendel and the Dragons: Heavenly Warfare in Medieval European and Tolkienian Annals." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 7-10, 2020. Conference cancelled.

"Indo-European Twins and Tolkien's Legendarium." Tolkien Seminar, May 6, 2020. Conference cancelled.

"'I am no man': Game of Thrones' Lyanna Mormont as Borrowed Tolkienian Canonicity." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 15-18, 2020. Conference cancelled.

"Can You Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to Watling Street: Tolkien and the Milky Way." Tolkien in Vermont Conference, Burlington, VT, April 3-4, 2020. Conference cancelled.

Kristine Larsen and Dimitra Fimi. "'It Makes Me Weep to Leave Them': The Impact of the Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, Cave System on the Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien." Southeastern/Northeastern Section Geological Society of America, March 20-22, 2020, Reston, VA. Conference cancelled.

"Super Powers and Supercolliders: Not a 'Flash" in the Pan." Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 20, 2020.

"Walkers Ate My Science Homework. A First Year Student Seminar Course on Science and The Walking Dead." The Popular Culture and Pedagogy Twitter Conference, November 11, 2019.

"From Z-bosons to Zombies: Particle Physics and the Undead in Popular Culture." Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, November 8, 2019.

“Dorrit Hoffleit, Raymond Berg, and the ‘Un-named Fleming Variables’: An Epilogue.” American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Las Cruces, NM, October 20, 2019.

Kristine Larsen and Rodney Howe. “Long Time Observations of Visual Observers.” American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Las Cruces, NM, October 19, 2019.

"Margaret Burbidge: A Century of Chemistry and Astronomy." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT. August 3, 2019.

"Medieval Automata and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fall of Gondolin." International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. July 1, 2019.

"Variable Stars in the College Classroom." Joint Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the American Association of Variable Star Observers, York University, Toronto, CA. June 15, 2019.

"The Eye is Mightier than the Algorithm: Lessons Learned from the Erroneous Classification of ASAS Variables as 'Miscellaneous.'" Poster presentation. Joint Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the American Association of Variable Star Observers, York University, Toronto, CA. June 15, 2019.

"Alleviating Gen Ed Math & Science Anxiety with Narrated PPTS." Poster presentation. New England Faculty Development Consortium Spring 2019 Conference, Landmark College, Putney, VT, June 7, 2019.

"Cynewulf, Copernicus, and Conjunctions: The Problems of Cytherean Motions in Tolkien’s Medieval Cosmology." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11, 2019.

"Misappropriations of Tolkien's Medievalisms." Roundtable panel, International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2019.

"Who Maketh Morwinyon, and Menelmacar, and Remmirath, and the Inner Parts of the South (Where the Stars are Strange): Tolkien’s Astronomical Choices and the Books of Job and Amos." Tolkien Seminar, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8, 2019.

"Crowns and Crowds: The Importance of the Bodleian's Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Exhibition in Solving an Astronomical Mystery." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Washington, D.C., April 18, 2019.

"'They’re like something from a nightmare. No. They’re something nightmares are from.... Monsters. Magic. Gods'; or, J.R.R. Tolkien and Joss Whedon: The Notion Club Papers as horror." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 6, 2019.

Justin Fagnoni and Kristine Larsen. "ASAS Candidates for Misidentified SRd Variable Stars." Poster presentation. Joint Spring Meeting of the American Physical Society New England Section and the New England Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, March 23, 2019. Presented by Justin Fagnoni.

“‘I am Primarily a Scientific Philologist’: Tolkien and the Science/Technology Divide.” New York Tolkien Conference, Baruch College, New York, March 17, 2019.

"Teaching Tolkien." Roundtable panel, New York Tolkien Conference, Baruch College, New York, March 17, 2019.

"Mother of Universes or Destroyer of Worlds: Depictions of Female Particle Physicists in Popular Media." Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 23, 2019.

"Variable Stars and Cultural Astronomy." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ. November 16-17, 2018.

Seth Gagnon and Kristine Larsen. "Identification of Variable Red Dwarf Stars in the ASAS Catalog." Poster presentation. American Physical Society New England Section Fall Meeting. UMASS-Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, November 2, 2018. Presented by Seth Gagnon.

“Project Alice: Ultimate Woman Warrior or Frankenstein's Monster in the Resident Evil Film Series?” Northeast Popular Culture Association, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA, October 20, 2018.

"Maria Mitchell's Astronomical Legacy." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 11, 2018.

"Williamina Paton Fleming’s “Un-named” Variables and the AAVSO: A Scientific and Historical Perspective." Joint Meeting of the British Astronomical Association and American Association of Variable Star Observers, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, July 8, 2018.

"Tolkien in Context(s)." Roundtable participant. International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 3, 2018.

“'Forgot Even the Stones.': Stone Monuments and Imperfect Cultural and Personal Memories in The Lord of the Rings." International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 2, 2018

"Lessons from Venus: Lewis's Perelandra and Barlow's History of a World of Immortals without a God." Frances White Eubanks Colloquium on C.S. Lewis and Friends, Taylor University, Upland, IN, June 2, 2018.

"Smaug's Hoard, Durin's Bane, and Agricola's De re Metallica: Cautionary Tales against Mining in Tolkien's Legendarium and the Traditional Tradition." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11, 2018.

"'The Cloud of Unseeing': myths transformed and pseudo-scientific interpretations of the Book of Genesis." Tolkien Seminar, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2018.

"Wilwarin, Darwin's Moths, Elachista Finarfinella, Mirkwoodian Black Emperors, and Edith Bratt's Mottephobia: Moths and Butterflies in Middle-earth." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 7, 2018.

"Lady Grace Anne Prestwich (1832-99) and the Popularization of Geology." Poster presentation, Northeastern Region Geological Society of America Meeting, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, March 19, 2018.

"The Mad Scientist Wore Prada: Female Frankensteins in the Universe of Doctor Who." Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 7, 2018.

"Religion and the Politics of Fertility and Reproductive Technologies." Panel presentation, Symposium on The Handmaid's Tale, CCSU, November 10, 2017.

"Scientists Become Monsters: The Strain's Dr. Goodweather." Northeast Popular Culture Association, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, October 28, 2017.

"Using Projection Methods to Observe the Great American Eclipse." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, July 22, 2017.

"Magic, Matrimony, and the Moon: Medieval Lunar Symbolism in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun and The Fall of Arthur." International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 3, 2017.

"'Diadem the Fallen Day': Astronomical and Arboreal Motifs in the Poem 'Kortirion Among the Trees'." Tolkien Society Seminar, Leeds, UK, July 2, 2017.

"Use of the AAVSO's International Variable Star Index (VSX) in an Undergraduate Astronomy Course Capstone Project." Symposium on Telescope Science/American Association of Variable Star Observers Joint Meeting, Ontario, CA, June 17, 2017.

Jessica Johnson and Kristine Larsen. "BY Draconis Stars: The Search Continues." Poster presentation. Symposium on Telescope Science/American Association of Variable Star Observers Joint Meeting, Ontario, CA, June 17, 2017. Presented by Jessica Johnson.

"Gaiman’s Cat: Quantum Reality and The Sandman." Mythgard Symposium on Speculative Fiction, Leesburg, VA. June 3, 2017.

“'O’er the Moon, Below the Daylight': Tolkien’s Blue Bee, Pliny, and the Kalevala.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2017.

"Ragnarok and the Rekindling of the Magic Sun." Tolkien Anniversaries Symposium, Western Michigan University Library, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10, 2017.

"Deconstructing Durin's Day: Science in the Service of Fan-Scholars." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Diego, CA, April 14, 2017.

“'And with him was Elrond Half-Elven': The High King and His Herald." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 8, 2017.

The Strain: The Ultimate Work of Parasitic Horror.” Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 17, 2017.

"Middle School Teacher Misconceptions and Anxieties Concerning Space Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in NGSS." American Astronomical Society, Grapevine, TX, January 7, 2017.

"A General Education Course in Cultural Astronomy: Exploring the Universe Through Human Eyes." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Grapevine, TX, January 6, 2017.

Kristine Larsen, Jessica Johnson, and Corwin Hoover. "Identification of Misclassified Rotational Variables in the ASAS Catalog." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Grapevine, TX, January 5, 2017.

"Caroline Furness and the Evolution of Visual Variable Star Observing." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Grapevine, TX, January 4, 2017.

"Oxford Astronomer John Knight Fotheringham (1874-1936) as Unwitting Godfather of J.R.R. Tolkien's Fictional Luni-solar Holiday 'Durin's Day'." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Grapevine, TX, January 4, 2017.

"Identification of Semiregular Variables in Ellipsoidal Variable Systems in the ASAS Catalog." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Burlington, MA, November 12, 2016.

"Angels and Demons: Physiological and Psychological Vivisection in the World of SyFy’s Dominion." Northeast Popular Culture Association, Keene State College, Keene, NH, October 22, 2016.

"Mad Scientist Alphabet Soup: NICE, WICKED, and DHARMA." The Third Annual Mythgard Symposium on Speculative Fiction, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, September 24, 2016.

"The Observing Programs of the AAVSO." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 6, 2016.

"Ladies of the Forest: Melian and Mielikki." Roundtable panel. International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 4, 2016.

"Strange Bedfellows: C.S. Lewis and Astronomer Fred Hoyle." Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends, Taylor University, Upland, IN, June 3, 2016.

"Medieval Fostering in the First and Third Ages of Middle-earth: Elrond as Fostri and Fostr-son." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 2016.

"'Linguistic Ghosts': Anglo-Saxon Poetry as Tolkien's Tether between Past and Present." Roundtable participant. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 2016.

"Utilizing the AAVSO's Variable Star Index (VSX) in Undergraduate Research Projects." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Spring Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 6, 2016.

Corwin Hoover and Kristine Larsen. "Identification of ASAS Ellipsoidal Variables Misclassified as Miscellaneous." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Spring Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 6, 2016.

"Kind People!!!: The Adventures of Svetlana Snape Down the Hobbit Hole." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 9, 2016.

"Planetaria as Partners: The Sky's Not the Limit for Earth and Space Science Education." Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Albany, NY, March 21, 2016.

"A Woman's Pen and the Poetics of Geology: Jane Marcet, Arabella Buckley, and Delia Godding." Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Albany, NY, March 21, 2016.

"'If I were a Sociopathic, Duplicitous Bitch': Monstrous Angels and Queens in SyFy's Dominion." Northeast Modern Language Association, Hartford, CT, March 20, 2016.

"Medieval Scholar as Sci-Fi Author: C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy and the Medieval Worldview." Northeast Modern Language Association, Hartford, CT, March 17, 2016.

"Dream State Space-Time Travel in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Notion Club Papers’ and the Novels of Olaf Stapledon." Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 10, 2016.

"Utilizing the AAVSO's Variable Star Index (VSX) in Undergraduate Research Projects." American Astronomical Society, Kissimmee, FL. January 6, 2016.

"There’s Something Rotten in (Denmark) Ireland: Irish Zombie Media and the Irish 'Other'.” New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT, November 21, 2015.

"Revisiting Caroline Furness's An Introduction to the Study of Variable Stars in its Centenary." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, November 13, 2015.

Michael Quinonez and Kristine Larsen. "Identifying SRD Variables Among 'Miscellaneous' ASAS Stars." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, November 13, 2015. Presented by Michael Quinonez.

Jessica Johnson and Kristine Larsen. "The Quest for Identifying BY Draconis Stars Within a Data Set of 3548 Candidate Cepheid Variable Stars." American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, November 13, 2015. Presented by Jessica Johnson.

"Popular-level Mineralogy Texts and the Familiar Format in the Early 19th Century." Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD, November 3, 2015.

"Recognizing and Combatting Teacher Misconceptions and Anxieties Related to the Middle School Earth and Space Sciences Disciplinary Core Ideas in NGSS." Poster presentation. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD, November 1, 2015.

"Medieval Cosmology and Middle-earth: A Lewisian Walk Under Tolkienian Skies." International Conference on Medievalism, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2, 2015.

"Sheep, Shadows, and Showers: Chasing a Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 14, 2015.

"Rotters or Redeemed? Religion, Politics and American Millennialism as Seen Through the Lens of In The Flesh." The Apocalypse Project: Fourth Global Meeting, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, August 1, 2015.

"'While the World Lasted': End Times in Tolkien's Works." New York Tolkien Conference, Baruch College, New York, June 13, 2015.

“Sunlight in the Spotlight in the International Year of Light.” American Association of Variable Star Observers Spring Meeting, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, June 6, 2015.

“Walking Beneath Medieval Skies: C.S. Lewis’s Challenge to Modern Minds.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 16, 2015.

“Teaching Medieval in a General Education Context.” Roundtable participant. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 16, 2015.

"Guinevere, Grimhild, and the Corrigan: Witches and Bitches in Tolkien's Medieval Narrative Verse." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 11, 2015.

"'Ore-ganisms': The Myth and Meaning of 'Living Rock' in Middle-earth." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3, 2015.

"'In a Hole in the Ground There Lived a Fangirl': The Complications of Tolkien, Fandom, and The Hobbit.” Roundtable participant. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3, 2015.

Melissa Luna, Jessica M. Johnson, Kristine Larsen, and Oluyinka Oyewumi. "Assessing Student Understanding in an Environmental Geoscience Class." Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH, March 24, 2015. Presented by Melissa Luna.

Mark Summa, Kristine Larsen, Jennifer Piatek, and Allison Weinsteiger. "A Statistical Analysis of Geoscience Misconceptions Among Introductory Physical Geology Students." Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH, March 24, 2015. Presented by Mark Summa.

Samantha Corallo, Melissa Luna, Kristine Larsen, and Michael Wizevich. "Addressing Major Geoscience Misconceptions in an Introductory Historical Geology Course." Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH, March 24, 2015. Presented by Samantha Corallo.

"Scenes in Nature: The Politics of Geology Books and the Massachusetts Board of Education's The School Library in 1840." Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH, March 24, 2015.

"Walkers Ate My Science Homework: A First-Year Student Seminar Course on Science and The Walking Dead." Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 12, 2015.

"If Not for Éowyn (or Galadriel, Lúthien, Arwen...): What Tolkien’s Women Mean in the 21st Century." Roundtable participant. Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 11, 2015.

"Queens, Assassins, and Zombies: The Valkyrie Reflex in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire." Mythgard Symposium on Speculative Fiction, Baltimore, MD, January 10, 2015.

Jessica Johnson and Kristine Larsen. "Discovery of Five Previously Misidentified BY Draconis Stars in ASAS Data." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, November 8, 2014. Presented by Jessica Johnson.

"AAVSO and the International Year of Light." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, November 8, 2014.

"'I Miss Science Class': Emasculating Scientists in The Walking Dead." Northeast Popular Culture Association, Providence College, Providence, RI, October 25, 2014.

"College-level Tolkien: Teaching Middle-earth 60 Years Later." Roundtable participant. Mythcon, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, August 11, 2014

"Frozen Fire and Iron of Death: Magical Weapons in The Silmarillion and A Song of Ice and Fire." Mythcon, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, August 9, 2014

"Got Scope? The Benefits of Visual Telescopic Observing in the College Classroom." Poster presentation. Symposium of Telescope Science and American Association of Variable Star Observers Joint Meeting, Ontario, CA, June 13, 2014.

"Interdisciplinary Professional Development: Astrolabes for Medievalists." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Boston, MA, June 4, 2014.

"Elizabeth Brown and the Classification of Sunspots in the 19th Century." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Boston, MA, June 4, 2014.

"The (Nearly) Discarded Image: Tolkien's Later Tinkerings with his Medieval Cosmology." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8, 2014.

"Darkness Amid the Day: Eclipses in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 18, 2014.

"Death to Bree Creek Quadrangle: Teaching Students to Hate Tolkien One Geological Map at a Time." Roundtable participant, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 18, 2014.

"Mastery of Geologic Content by Preservice Elementary Education Students in a Flipped Classroom." Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Lancaster, PA, March 23, 2014.

"Standard Candles in a Variable Universe: Women Mentoring Women in the AAVSO." June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, February 21, 2014.

"Student Mastery of the Sun-Earth-Moon System in a Flipped Classroom of Pre-service Elementary Education Majors." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Washington, D.C., January 9, 2014.

Jessica M. Johnson and Kristine Larsen. "Identification of BY Draconis Variables Stars in ASAS Data." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Washington, D.C., January 6, 2014. Presented by Jessica Johnson.

"Red Comets and Red Stars: Tolkien, Martin, and the Use of Astronomy in Fantasy Series." Mythgard Symposium on Speculative Fiction, Baltimore, MD, December 15, 2013.

"'Monsters Inside Me': Zombification as Parasitism." Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Atlantic City, NJ, November 8, 2013. Recipient of the inaugural Ralph Donald Award for Outstanding Conference Paper.

“'Mutant, Monster, Freak': Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Series and the Ethics of Genetic Engineering." Northeast Popular Culture Association, St. Michael's College, Burlington, VT, October 26, 2013.

Jessica M. Johnson and Kristine Larsen. "Identification of BY Draconis Variable Stars Among ASAS Cepheid Candidates." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, October 12, 2013. Presented by Jessica Johnson.

Vanessa Swenton and Kristine Larsen, "Identification of Cepheid Variables in ASAS Data." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, October 12, 2013. Presented by Vanessa Swenton.

"Introduction to Starhopping." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 10, 2013.

"Get Pinned: The Astronomical League's Observing Programs." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 9, 2013.

"Teaching to the Misconception: Critical Thinking and Pre-service Elementary Students." Ensuring STEM Literacy Conference, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, July 22, 2013.

"'Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey-stuff': Teaching with a Time Lord." Poster presentation. Cosmos in the Classroom Symposium, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, July 21-24, 2013.

"Debunking the End of the World: It's Not Just for 2012 Any More." Poster presentation. Ensuring STEM Literacy Conference, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, July 21-24, 2013.

“ALICE and the Apocalypse: Particle Accelerators as Death Machines.” Melancholia: Imaging the End of the World, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, June 7, 2013.

“Medieval Organicism or Modern Feminist Science? Bombadil, Elves, and Mother Nature.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2013.

“Whose Myth is it? Tolkien Scholarship as Interdisciplinary Studies.” Roundtable participant. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2013.

“Syzygy; Being an Alignment of Astronomical Bodies, Most Especially the Sun, Earth, and Moon; A prime example being Durin’s Day in The Hobbit.” University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 6, 2013.

“Illuminating Geoscience Misconceptions: Lessons From the 2012 Apocalypse Craze.” Poster presentation. Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH, March 18, 2013.

“Orion and Sirius at the End of the Tolkien’s World: The Second Prophecy of Mandos and the Children of the Valar.” Celebrating The Hobbit Conference, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, March 2, 2013.

“The CDC or Frankenstein’s Lab: The Scientific Method and The Walking Dead.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 15, 2013.

"Elizabeth Brown and Citizen Science in the Late 1800s." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, November 3, 2012.

"Bilbo Baggins: Amateur Astronomer." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 17, 2012.

"There and Back Again in the Classroom and in Outreach: Astronomy and The Hobbit." Poster presentation. Communicating Science Conference, Tucson, AZ, August 5-8, 2012.

"There and Back Again in the Classroom: Preparing for the Release of The Hobbit." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2012.

"Songs and Stars: Celestial Motifs in Tolkien’s Poetry." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11, 2012.

"A Creature of an Older World: Tolkien and the Mythology of the Prehistoric." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 14, 2012.

"Accelerators and Demons: Particle Physics and the End of the World." American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 30, 2012.

Jeffrey Thomas and Kristine Larsen, "Can Inquiry-based Instruction Improve Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science?" Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Hartford, CT, March 18, 2012. Presented by Jeffrey Thomas.

"Where is This Generation's Jane Marcet? Women and the Popularization of Geology." Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Hartford, CT, March 18, 2012.

"Delia Woodruff Godding, Jane Kilby Welsh, and the Religion of Geology in New England." Northeast Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America, Hartford, CT, March 18, 2012.

"Surviving The Night of the Comet: Zombies, Space, and the 2012 Hysteria." Northeast Popular Culture Association, WCSU, Danbury, CT, November 11, 2011.

"The Sky is NOT Falling! Debunking the 2012 Apocalypse Myth." National Science Teacher Association Area Meeting, Hartford, CT, October 28, 2011.

"Flares, Fears, and Forecasts: Public Misconceptions About the Sunspot Cycle." Centenary meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Woburn, MA, October 8, 2011.

"Planets, Brown Dwarfs, and the Vagaries of Astronomical Classification." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, July 29, 2011.

"The Effect of Online Sunspot Data on Visual Solar Observers." American Association of Variable Star Observers Spring Meeting, Boston, MA, May 22, 2011.

"The Harmony of the Worlds and the Horn of Heimdal: Cosmological Music in Creation and Subcreation." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2011.

"Mythography and Middle-earth." Roundtable tribute to Jane Chance. 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 2011.

Kristine Larsen and Paul Petterson, "Creating Learning Outcomes for an Interdisciplinary Honors Program." Poster presentation. CSUS Assessment Conference, WCSU, Danbury, CT, April 29, 2011. Presented by Paul Petterson.

"'And the Stars Were Hidden': Middle-earth as a Canary in the Light Pollution Coal Mine." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 9, 2011.

"‘Alone Between the Dark and Light’: ‘The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun’ and Lessons From the Later Legendarium." 3rd Conference on Middle-earth, Westford, MA, March 26, 2011.

"Struggles and Successes in the Geological Career of Carlotta Joaquina Maury." Poster presentation. Northeastern/North-Central Joint Meeting, Geological Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, March 22, 2011.

Jeffrey Thomas and Kristine Larsen, "Elementary Earth and Physical Science: Targeting Pre K-6 Science Standards to Improve Preservice Elementary Teachers Science Content Knowledge." ASTE International Conference, Minneapolis, MN, January 20, 2011. Presented by Jeffrey Thomas.

"Revisiting the Un-named Fleming Variables." Poster presentation. American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Woburn, MA, October 30, 2010.

"From Dunne to Desmond: Disembodied Time Travel in Tolkien, Stapledon, and Lost." Northeast Popular Culture Association, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA, October 23, 2010.

"The 2012 Apocalypse Hoax and How You Can Help Combat it." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 6, 2010.

"Students as Starry Messengers: Engaging Astro 101 Students Through Service-learning and Community Engagement." Convener and facilitator of discussion session, Cosmos in the Classroom Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 4, 2010.

"Astronomy EPO and the 2012 Hysteria: Your Personal Guide to Joining the Battle." Poster presentation. Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 4, 2010.

Kristine Larsen and Marsha Bednarski. "Assessing the Effect of a Digital Planetarium Show on the Astronomical Understanding of 5th Graders." Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 3, 2010.

"Bringing the Cosmos Down to Earth: Assessing Student Learning in a Non-major Online Astronomy Course." Poster presentation. Cosmos in the Classroom Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 2, 2010.

"Celestial Ambassadors: CCSU in the Community in the International Year of Astronomy." American Democracy Project National Meeting, Providence, RI, June 19, 2010.

"'Worlds on Worlds': Tolkien, Lewis, and the Medieval and Modern Theological Implications of Extraterrestrial Life." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2010.

"Hobbit 'Lunacy'." Teaching Tolkien Roundtable. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2010.

"Gender Neutrality and the Heart Sutra: Buddhist Feminism Lost in Translation." With Jeffrey Allen. June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, May 8, 2010.

Kristine Larsen and Paul Petterson. "Science and Society: Assessing Student Learning in an Interdisciplinary Honors Science Course." Poster presentation. CSUS Assessment Conference, CCSU, April 30, 2010.

"'Dude, Those Numbers are Cursed!': Mathphobia in the TV Series Lost." CSU Faculty Research Conference, CCSU, April 17, 2010.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen. "Assessing Immersive Full-dome Planetarium Technology in the Teaching of the Sun-Earth-Moon System to Elementary Students." Poster presentation. CSU Faculty Research Conference, CCSU, April 17, 2010.

"'In the Beginning': Tolkien and the Teaching of Creation Myths." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, April 10, 2010.

"Think Smarter, Not 'Brighter': Light Pollution at CCSU." Poster presentation. Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium, CCSU, April 5, 2010.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen. "Assessing Immersive Full-dome Planetarium Technology in the Teaching of the Sun-Earth-Moon System to Elementary Students." National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 18, 2010.

"The 2012 Apocalypse Hoax: A Geological Call to Arms." Northeastern/Southeastern Sections Joint Meeting, Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD, March 14, 2010.

"Science in Society: Science-based Community Engagement." Panel member. Connecticut Community Engagement Conference, CCSU, March 6, 2010.

"Ransom, Religion, and Red Giants: C.S. Lewis and Fred Hoyle." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, Washington, D.C., January 4, 2010.

"'Scientists Look at 2012': Carrying on Margaret Mayall's Legacy of Debunking Pseudoscience." American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 7, 2009.

Kristine Larsen and Jennifer Piatek. "Utilizing Realistic Problem-based Projects to Assess Student Learning in Laboratory-Based Introductory Astronomy Courses." Poster presentation. CCIC/Project Kaleidoscope/CSU Conference Connecticut Higher Education in the Public Square: Promoting STEM Literacy, Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 30, 2009. 

Jeffrey Thomas and Kristine Larsen. "Targeting Inquiry-Oriented Process Skills of Pre-service Elementary School Teachers in a Non-Lab Earth and Physical Science Course." Poster presentation. CCIC/Project Kaleidoscope/CSU conference, Connecticut Higher Education in the Public Square: Promoting STEM Literacy, Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 30, 2009.

"Mr. Tompkins, the Philadelphia Experiment, and Land of the Lost: Parallel Universes, Closed Universes, and the Dangers of Interdimensional Travel." Northeast Popular Culture Association, Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY, October 24, 2009.

"Assessing Student Learning in Non-major Online Science Courses." E-Learning 2.0: The Next Generation of Online Education Conference, UCONN, Storrs, CT, September 25, 2009.

Kristine Larsen and Craig Robinson. "Students as Starry Messengers: Curricular Engagement Activity Centered Around the International Year of Astronomy." Poster presentation. Student Learning Colloquium, CCSU, May 14, 2009.

"The Words of Húrin and Morgoth: Microcosm, Macrocosm, and the Later Legendarium." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10, 2009.

"Tolkien’s 'On Fairy Stories'." Roundtable participant. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2009.

"Lions and Hobbits and Science: Oh My! Using J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in the Science Classroom." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 11, 2009.

"Shadow and Flame: J.R.R. Tolkien in the Geoscience Classroom." Northeast Section of the Geological Society of America, Portland, ME, March 22, 2009.

"Hobbits, Hogwarts, and the Heavens: the Use of Fantasy Literature and Films in Astronomy Education and Outreach." International Astronomical Union-UNESCO Symposium 260, Paris, France, January 22, 2009.

"Aslan’s Song, the Themes of Iluvatar, and the Real Music of the Spheres." Northeastern Popular Culture Association, UMASS-Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA, November 1, 2008.

"Reclaiming the Astronomical and Historical Legacy of Antonia Maury." American Association of Variable Star Observers Fall Meeting, Nantucket, MA, October 18, 2008.

Kristine Larsen, Alastair McBeath, and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe. "Meteor Beliefs Project: Meteoritic Weapons." Poster presentation. International Meteor Conference, Sachtika, Slovakia, September 18, 2008. Presented by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe.

"Sea Birds and Morning Stars: Ceyx, Alcyone, and the Many Metamorphoses of Earendil and Elwing." Mythcon, CCSU, August 17, 2008.

Kristine Larsen, Kenneth H. Slater, and B.J. Drew V. "Pushing Glass: Engaging Young People in Astronomy Through Amateur Mirror Making Classes." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, St. Louis, MO, June 5, 2008.

"The Cosmic Mandala: Celebrating Tibetan Cosmologies." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, St. Louis, MO, June 5, 2008.

Marsha Bednarski, Kristine Larsen, and Craig Robinson. "Assessing Informal Astronomy Education and Outreach." Poster presentation. American Astronomical Society, St. Louis, MO, June 5, 2008.

"Teaching Tolkien in Science Classes." Teaching Tolkien Roundtable. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10, 2008. 

"Shadow and Flame: Myth, Monsters, and Mother Nature in Middle-earth." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2008. 

"YouTube in the Science Classroom: Bringing Earth Science to Life for Non-majors." CSUS Annual Academic Computing Conference, CCSU, April 5, 2008.

"'No Woman Can Be Properly Elected as a Fellow': Sexism and British Astronomical Societies." June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, April 4, 2008.

"Magnets from Hell: Lost’s Successful Exploitation of Electromagnetism." Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 3, 2007.

"Lessons from Breezy Hill: Thirteen Years of Children's Astronomy Activities at Stellafane." Poster presentation. Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on Education and Public Outreach, Chicago, IL, September 7, 2007.

"The Harmony of the Spheres: An Astronomy/Music Learning Community." Poster presentation. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Cosmos in the Classroom, Pomona College, CA, August 5, 2007.

"(V)Arda Marred: The Evolution of the Queen of the Stars in Tolkien's Legendarium." University of Vermont Tolkien Conference, Burlington, VT, April 14, 2007.

"Athena and Urania: The Experiences of Women Astronomers During World War II." June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, April 13, 2007.

"Lost and The Two Cultures: Science and Scientists as the ‘Other(s).’" Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, Boston, MA, April 5, 2007.

Kristine Larsen and Kenneth Feder, "Teaching Science versus Pseudoscience: An Archaeology/Astronomy Alliance." Poster presentation. Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on Education and Public Outreach, Baltimore, MD, September 16, 2006.

"Swords and Sky Stones: Meteoritic Iron in The Silmarillion." Gathering of the Fellowship, Toronto, CA, July 1, 2006.

"From Pythagoras to WMAP: The 'Music of the Spheres' Revisited." Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Chicago, IL, November 13, 2005. Text available at http://www.physics.ccsu.edu/larsen/wmap.html.

"'I Prostrate to the Goddess Foe Destroyer' - Tibetan Buddhism and the (mis)Naming of Venusian Features." Women's Studies Conference, SCSU, New Haven, CT, October 28, 2005.

"'Intelligent Design', Emergence Theory, and the Anthropic Principle: A Cautionary Tale for Scientists and Science Educators." CSU Faculty Research Conference, CCSU, October 22, 2005.

"Giving Back: Integrating EPO Experience into an Undergraduate Course in Observational Astronomy." Poster presentation. Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on Education and Public Outreach, Tucson, AZ, September 16, 2005.

"A Little Earth of His Own: Tolkien's Lunar Creation Myths." Tolkien 2005 Conference, Birmingham, UK, August 12, 2005.

"Introduction to Starhopping." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 2, 2005.

"A Elbereth Gilthoniel: The Cosmological Goddesses of Middle-earth." June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, April 1, 2005.

"Scientific Motifs in Middle-earth: Lost in Translation?" Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 26, 2005.

"Tolkien's 'Burning Briar' - an Astronomical Explanation." Society for Literature and Science, Durham, NC, October 15, 2004.

"Teaching Through Tolkien: The Astronomy of Middle-earth." Poster presentation. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Cosmos in the Classroom, Boston, MA, July 16, 2004.

"A Thematic Approach to Natural Science and Society." Panel member. New England Regional Meeting of the National Honors Council, Hartford, CT, April 3, 2004.

"Teaching Through Tolkien: The Astronomy of Middle-earth," American Physical Society National Meeting, Montreal, Canada, March 23, 2004. Featured in meeting press release [available at http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2004/3/20042297.shtml].

"Teaching Science Through Tolkien," Connecticut Consortium for the Enhancement of Learning Conference, Hartford, CT, November 7, 2003.

"Gender and Science: When it is Okay to be a Madame." Panel member, CCSU Diversity Conference, April 23, 2003.

"As Constant as the North Star: The Women of Stephen Hawking's Universe." CSU Gender Studies Conference, CCSU, April 4, 2003.

"The Astronomy of Middle-earth." RingCon, Bonn, Germany. November 23, 2002. Text available at http://www.physics.ccsu.edu/larsen/astronomy_of_middle.htm.

"Maria Mitchell and Feminist Pedagogy." CSU Research Conference, SCSU, New Haven, CT, April 6, 2002.

"Jocelyn Bell and the Discovery of Pulsars: the Matthew/Matilda Effect Overcome." CSU Gender Issues Current Scholarship Conference, CCSU, April 21, 2001.

"Journals in the Science Classroom: Feminist Pedagogy in Action." CSU Gender Issues Current Scholarship Conference, CCSU, April 17, 1999.

"Highlander, Clan Denial, and the Zeist Effect: Henry Jenkins as Canon." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 1, 1999.

"Shooting Stars: Women Directors of the British Astronomical Association Meteor Section." Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Chicago, IL, June 30, 1997.

"Women in Astronomy." Women and Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, June 8, 1996.

"Women’s Contributions to Stellar and Galactic Astronomy." American Physical Society National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 4, 1996.

"Amateur Astronomers - a Preliminary Survey." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT, August 5, 1994.

"Cosmic Women: Contributions of Women to Cosmology." Women's Studies Conference, SCSU, New Haven, CT, October 2, 1993.

"Calculating Women: Issues and experiences in Quantitative Fields." Panel member. Women's Studies Conference, SCSU, New Haven, CT, October 3, 1992.

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS PRESENTED:

"Using Astrolabes and Astronomical Tables to Compute Lunar and Planetary Positions: A Hands-on Workshop." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 7-10, 2020. Conference cancelled.

"'The Key to Paradise is Prayer: The Islamic Astrolabe." International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 2, 2019.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Islamic Astrolabes." International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10, 2019.

"To Lerne the Tretis of the Astrolabe: A Hands-on Introduction to Chaucer's Treatise." International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 2, 2018.

"Construction of a Harry Potter Starfinder." Penguicon 2018, Southfield, MI, May 5, 2018. Invited.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Astrolabes and Chaucer's Treatise." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11, 2018.

"Tho Turned I Myn Astrelabye: A Hands-on Introduction to the Astrolabe." International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, July 3, 2017.

"A Hands-on Introduction to the Astrolabe and Christian Monastic Prayer Times." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 2017.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Islamic Astrolabes." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2016.

Workshops for inservice teachers. Next-Gen Earth and Space Science Literacy Instruction and Expertise. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title II, Part A Subpart 3, Improving Teacher Quality State Grand Funds, CFDA #84.367B, Department of Higher Education. Thomas, J. (PI), Drew, S., Bednarski, M., N. Balisciano, Larsen. K, Oyewumi, O., CCSU, April 2015 to June 2016.

Professional Development Provider. Next-Gen Science CT. Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) through the Connecticut Department of Education. Bednarski, M, Thomas, J., Larsen, K., Settlage, J., Pedro, J. Balisciano, N (PI), CCSU, January 2014 to September 2015.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Astrolabes and Chaucer's Treatise." International Conference on Medievalism, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2, 2015.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Astrolabes and Chaucer's Treatise." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 15, 2015.

"How to Use a Medieval Astrolabe." Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT. July 25, 2014.

"A Hands-on Introduction to Astrolabes." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2014.

"Teaching Astronomy Really Dynamically Involving Sci-fi, or, the Other TARDIS." Cosmos in the Classroom Symposium, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, July 21-24, 2013.

"There and Back Again: Using The Hobbit in Science Teaching." Connecticut Science Education Conference, Hamden, CT, October 13, 2012.

Hands-on Workshop on Doomsday 2012. Invited co-presenter. Communicating Science Conference, Tucson, AZ, August 6, 2012.

"The Real Stars of Hogwarts: Using Harry Potter in Astronomy Education." National Science Teacher Association Area Meeting, Hartford, CT, October 28, 2011.

"'In the Beginning': Using Creation Myths in the Astronomy Classroom." Cosmos in the Classroom Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 1-4, 2010.

"Assessing Student Learning in Nonmajor Online Science Courses." CTDLC – CCS/UConn Conference on E-Learning 2.0: The Next Generation of Online Education, UCONN, Storrs, CT, September 25, 2010.

Interdisciplinary Science, Inquiry, and Literacy Institute for Elementary Teachers, CCSU (Connecticut Teacher Quality grant). Several hands-on workshops from June 2009-June 2010.

"Joining the Net Gen: Using YouTube in the College Classroom." New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference, UCONN, Storrs, CT, May 29, 2009.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen. "Muggles, Meteoritic Armor, and Menelmacar: Using Fantasy Series in Astronomy Education and Outreach." American Astronomical Society, St. Louis, MI, June 3, 2008.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen. "Getting to Know and Address Your State Science Standards When Planning Activities or Field Trips During the International Year of Astronomy." American Astronomical Society, St. Louis, MI, June 2, 2008.

"I'm an Ophiuchid - What's Your Sign?" National Science Teachers Association Conference, Boston, MA, March 30, 2008.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen, "Checking Your Alignment: Creating Standards-Appropriate Astronomy Outreach Activities." Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on Education and Public Outreach, Chicago, IL, September 6, 2007.

"The Universe is Universal: Creating Astronomy-based Learning Communities." Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Cosmos in the Classroom, Pomona College, Pomona, CA. August 5, 2007.

Connecticut Embedded Task Workshop for New Britain in-service teachers, CCSU, February 10, 2007.

Project S.C.I.E.N.C.E Eisenhower grant-funded professional workshops for Connecticut in-service teachers, CCSU, 2006-2007, 2004-2005.

Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen. "Inquiring Minds Want to Know." Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on Education and Public Outreach, Baltimore, MD, September 17, 2006.

"The Astronomy of Middle-earth -- Tolkien in the Astronomy Classroom." Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Cosmos in the Classroom, Boston, MA. July 16, 2004.

Math/Science Partnership grant-funded workshops for Connecticut in-service teachers, CCSU, 2003-2005.

"Teaching Science through Tolkien." Connecticut Science Educators Professional Development Day, CCSU, March 8, 2003.

"Critical Thinking and Pseudoscience." Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Conference, CCSU Honors Program, August 15, 1996.

"Addressing Gender Equity Issues in the College Science Classroom." United Connecticut for Women Fall Conference, Middlebury, CT, October 16, 1995.

"Backyard Astronomy." State Technical Schools Curriculum Day, CCSU, March 25, 1993.

"Observational Astronomy." Connecticut State Earth Science Teachers Association annual meeting, CCSU, April 19, 1992.

 

RECENT FUNDED GRANTS:

2019-2020:

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, “Creation of Narrated PowerPoint Videos to Combat Mathematics-related Science Anxiety in Geological Sciences Department General Education Courses.” $1200.

 

2018-2019:

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, “Deployment of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Online Sections of the General Education Course GSCI 102 Earth and the Human Environment.” $1200.

 

2016-2017:

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, "Overhaul of AST 209 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy and the Creation of an Open-Source Online Resource Collection (ORC)." $1200.

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, Jeffrey Thomas and Kristine Larsen, "Revision of a Science Content Course Required for all Elementary Education Majors to Align with the Newly State-adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)." $2000.

 

2014-2015:

Professional Development Provider. Bednarski, M, Thomas, J., Larsen, K., Settlage, J., Pedro, J. Balisciano, N (PI). (2014). Next-Gen Science CT. Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) through the Connecticut Department of Education. February 2014 to July 2015. $134,000 – Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)

CCSU Faculty Development Grant "Travel Funds for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Support of Three Presentations and a Book Proposal." $1000.

 

2012-13:

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, Jennifer Piatek and Kristine Larsen, “Searching for Life in the Classroom: Developing Active-learning Exercises for Use in a General Education Course with an Astronomy Theme.” $2000.

 

2010-11:

CSUS Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant, Paul Petterson and Kristine Larsen, “Assessing Student Learning Across an Interdisciplinary Honors Program.” $2000.

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, Ronald Todd and Kristine Larsen, “Seeing the Twentieth Century Through Undead Eyes: Development of an Honors Course on Science, Popular Culture, and the Zombie.” $600.

CSU Research Grant, “Sisters in Science: Archival Research on the Lives and Careers of Astronomer Antonia Maury and Geologist Carlotta Maury.” $1850

 

2009-10:

CSUS Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant, Paul Petterson and Kristine Larsen, “Science and Society: Assessing Student Learning in an Interdisciplinary Honors Science Course.” $1000.

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, “The Universe – Yours to Explore: Developing a Service Learning-based FYE Observational Astronomy Course for Nonscience Majors.” $1000.

 

2008-9:

School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Research Initiative, “Participation in the International Astronomical Union Symposium 260, The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture.” $1600.

CSU Research Grant, “The Contribution of Women in the Early Years of the British Astronomical Association (1890-1930) to the Development of Modern Meteorology and Geospace Science.” $3781.

CSU Research Grant, Marsha Bednarski and Kristine Larsen, “Assessing Immersive Full-dome Planetarium Technology in the Teaching of the Sun-Earth-Moon System to Elementary Students.” $7563.

CCSU Community Engagement Grant, “Students as Starry Messengers: Curricular Engagement Centered Around the International Year of Astronomy.” $3522.

CCSU Community Engagement Grant, Carrie Andreoletti and Kristine Larsen, “Learning, Teaching, Sharing: Science and Service for Future Elementary Teachers.” $3000.

CCSU Summer Curriculum Development Grant, “Fire and Ice: integrating Best Practices in the Development and Assessment of a First-year Student Cosmology Course for Nonscience Majors.” $900.

CSUS Assessment of Learning for Educational Improvement Grant, Jennifer Piatek, Kristine Larsen, and Marsha Bednarski. “Utilizing National Assessment Instruments to Assess Student Learning in Laboratory-based Introductory Astronomy Courses.” $1500.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC OUTREACH:

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. CCSU Spokesperson for Astronomy. Issue press releases, conduct media interviews, hold special public events. 1989 to present. Faculty Coordinator, Copernican Planetarium and Observatory. No release time received for these responsibilities.

Children's Hands-on Workshops in Astronomy, Stellafane Annual Convention, Springfield, Vermont. 1995 to present.

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, 2009-2019.

Coordinator, CCSU's International Year of Astronomy events, November 2008 - January 2010.

American Physical Society's Adopt-a-Physicist program, 2006 – present.

Partners in Science, Saturday morning workshops at CCSU for middle school students, 1990 to present.

Lecturer for Southern Connecticut Library Council. Speaker for astronomical topics at libraries, schools and correctional facilities. 1987 - 2002.

NSF Science Horizons Transition Program, summer residential program at CCSU for students entering high school, 1992 - 1996. Continued with alternate funding for 1997-8, 2000.

Connecticut Public Television Family Science Expo, CCSU. Constructed hands-on and visual astronomical displays for children, 1992 - 1996.

 

Social Media: Responsible for development of and content on the following:

Recent outreach events (2012 – present):

 

Hundreds of other one-time workshops and programs. Details available upon request.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

 

SAMPLE COURSES TAUGHT (EXAMPLES ONLY - CONTACT FOR COMPLETE LIST):

Elementary Physical/Earth Sciences
The Cosmos
Earth and the Human Environment
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Observational Astronomy
Astrophysics
Topics in Physics/Astronomy: General Relativity
Modern Physics
General Physics II
Science and Society: Science and Science Fiction
Science and Society: Science and Pseudoscience
Women's Contributions to Science
Exoplanets and Astrobiology
Topics in Geological Sciences: Cultural Astronomy
First Year Seminars (e.g. The Science of Middle-earth; Life, the Universe, and Everything; The End of the World; Zombies and 20th Century Science)

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP (Since promotion to Professor):

2019-2020:

First Year Programs Task Force
First Year Programs - First Year Course Subcommittee (Chair)
Sabbatical Leave Committee
Student Success Committee
Faculty Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Student Affairs Committee
CCSU Foundation Advisory Board
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Curriculum Committee (alt.)
SEST Community Engagement Committee (Chair)
SEST Subcommittee, Curriculum Committee (Fall only)
SEST Strategic Plan Committee (Spring only)
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee

2018-2019:

Search Committee, Vice President for Student Affairs
Search Committee, Dean of Engineering, Science, and Technology
Sabbatical Leave Committee
Curriculum Committee
SEST Subcommittee, Curriculum Committee
Interdisciplinary Programs Subcommittee, Curriculum Committee
Student Success Committee
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Carnegie Re-Application Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Scholarship Subcommittee, Committee on the Concerns of Women (Chair)
Committee on Community Engagement
Strategic Plan Task Force Student Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee
First Year Students Orientation Committee

2017-2018:

Search Committee, Vice President for Student Affairs
Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Recruitment and Retention Committee
SEST Outreach Committee (Chair)
Scholarship Subcommittee, Committee on the Concerns of Women (Chair)
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Awareness Subcommittee, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (Chair)
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Curriculum Committee
SEST Subcommittee, Curriculum Committee
NEASC Self Study Committee (Standard: Educational Effectiveness)

2016-2017:

Faculty Senate Recruitment and Retention Committee
Sabbatical Leave Committee (Co-Chair)
SEST Outreach Committee (Chair)
Scholarship Subcommittee, Committee on the Concerns of Women (Chair)
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Faculty Senate (Fall semester only)
NEASC Self Study Committee (Standard: General Education)
Committee on Constitution and Bylaws
Academic Integrity Committee

2015-2016:

Sabbatical Leave Committee (Chair)
Ad Hoc Committee on Friday Classes (Chair)
Ad Hoc Committee on Online Course Policy Implementation (Co-chair)
Scholarship Subcommittee, Committee on the Concerns of Women (Chair)
Committee on Committees
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Faculty Senate
Board of Regents Teaching Award Committee
Academic Integrity Committee
SEST Strategic Plan Working Group on Engagement and Outreach

2014-2015:

Board of Regents Teaching Award Committee (Chair)
Ad Hoc Committee on Online Courses (Co-chair)
Ad Hoc Committee on Friday Classes (Chair)
First Year Experience Steering Committee
Student Affairs Committee
Academic Assessment Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Committee on Community Engagement P&T Guidelines Subcommittee
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Faculty Senate
CCSU-AAUP Elections Committee
Senate Committee on Academic Freedom

2013-2014:

Search Committee, Coordinator of Community Engagement (Chair)
Scholarship Subcommittee of the Committee on the Concerns of Women (Chair)
Ad Hoc Committee on Online Courses (Co-chair)
CSUS-AAUP Research Grants Committee
First Year Experience Steering Committee
Student Affairs Committee
Academic Assessment Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee (Program co-coordinator)
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Ad hoc Committee on Living-learning Communities
Student Misconduct Hearing Board
Faculty Senate (Alt; acting Senator for entire academic year)
Board of Regents Faculty Teaching Award Committee

2012-2013:

University Planning and Budget Committee (Chair)
Senate Ad Hoc Committee on 4 Credit Courses
CSU-AAUP Research Grants Committee
Academic Assessment Committee
AAUP Sabbatical Leave Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Scholarship Subcommittee of the Committee on the Concerns of Women
LGBT Subcommittee of the Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Faculty Senate (Fall 2012 only)
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Ad hoc Committee on Living-learning Communities
CCSU-Community Advisory Board
NEASC Standard Ia subcommittee
NEASC Standard II subcommittee
President’s study group on university STEM structures
Student Misconduct Hearing Board

2011-2012:

University Planning and Budget Committee
Academic Assessment Committee
Advisory Committee on Academic Advising
AAUP Sabbatical Leave Committee
Chief Financial Officer Search Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Scholarship Subcommittee of the Committee on the Concerns of Women
Committee on Community Engagement
Co-Convener of the Scholarship of Engagement Learning Community
Personnel Committee, Physics-Earth Sciences Dept.
Board of Advisors, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
Ad hoc committee on the development of an MA in Liberal Studies
CCSU-Community Advisory Board

2010-2011:

University Planning and Budget Committee
Academic Assessment Committee
Advisory Committee on Academic Advising
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Scholarship Subcommittee of the Committee on the Concerns of Women
Ad Hoc Committee on Community Engagement
Institutional Research and Assessment Director Search Committee
Ad Hoc Committee on Living-Learning Communities
Central CT 2020 Education Working Group
New Britain School District-CCSU Partnership Committee

2009-2010:

Scholarship Subcommittee of the Committee on the Concerns of Women (Chair)
Faculty Senate
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Excellence in Teaching Award Committee
CSU Trustees Teaching Award Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Academic Assessment Committee
Termination Hearing Committee
Ad Hoc Committee on Community Engagement
Ad Hoc Committee on Living-Learning Communities
New Britain School District-CCSU Partnership Committee

2008-2009:

Faculty Senate
Committee on the Concerns of Women
Excellence in Teaching Award Committee
Termination Hearing Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee
Ad Hoc Committee on Community Engagement
CSU Advisory Committee on the Connecticut Science Center

2007-8:

University Planning and Budget Committee
Faculty Senate
Committee on Appointments and Personnel
Academic Freedom Panel
CSU Advisory Committee on the Connecticut Science Center
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Peace Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee

2006-7:

University Planning and Budget Committee
Academic Freedom Panel
Ad Hoc Committee on Promotion and Tenure Guidelines
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Learning Communities Ad Hoc Committee
Peace Studies Advisory Committee
CSU-AAUP Blue Ribbon Panel on the Future of Higher Education
Honors Program Admissions Committee

2005-6:

Promotion and Tenure Committee (Chair)
University Planning and Budget Committee
Advising and Registration Subcommittee of the Enrollment Management Quality Circles
Assistant Director of Admissions Search Committee
CSU Chancellor Search Committee
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
Learning Communities Ad Hoc Committee
Peace Studies Advisory Committee
Student Success (Teaching and Learning) Subcommittee of the Enrollment Management Quality Circles
Honors Program Admissions Committee

2004-5:

AAUP Sabbatical Leave Committee (Chair)
Grade Appeals Committee
Working Group on Long-range Advising Plan
Advising and Registration Subcommittee of the Enrollment Management Quality Circles
Director of Residence Life Search Committee
Peace Studies Advisory Committee
University/Community Women’s Forum Steering Committee
Women’s Studies Advisory Committee
Honors Program Admissions Committee.

2003-4:

Excellence in Teaching Committee (Chair)
Grade Appeals Committee
AAUP Sabbatical Leave Committee
Dean of Arts and Sciences Search Committee
University/Community Women’s Forum
Women’s Studies Advisory Committee
Working Group on Long-range Advising Plan
Honors Program Admissions Committee|

2002-3:

Promotion and Tenure Committee (Chair)
Student Affairs Committee
Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee
University/Community Women’s Forum
Women’s Studies Advisory Committee
Working Group on Long-range Advising Plan
Honors Program Admissions Committee

Department-based committee service available upon request. Information on previous university committee service is also available upon request. Campus-wide committees served on in previous years include Academic Standards, Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Search Committee, AAUP Sabbatical Leave, President’s Committee on LGBT Issues, Committee on Committees, Planning Committee, Budget Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on MS in Liberal Studies, Ad Hoc Committee on Advising, Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, Honors Program Admissions Committee, Excellence in Teaching Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Committee on the Concerns of Women, Faculty Senate, Distinguished Service Award, Mediation Committee, Advising Council, Ad Hoc Committee on General Education Revision, and three additional terms on Promotion and Tenure Committee (1 as chair).

Annually volunteer at First Year Student Registration Days (approximately 5-7 per summer depending on year) as well as First Year Student Orientation, as well as attend most Commencements and approximately 2/3 of all Open Houses and Accepted Students Days (in both cases only missing those that conflict with professional conferences).

SELECTED OTHER HONORS:

 

SELECTED OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY:

Strategic Planning Committee, American Association of Variable Star Observers, 2019-present.

Secretary, American Association of Variable Star Observers, October 2019 - present.

Acting Secretary, American Association of Variable Star Observers, February - October, 2019.

Nominations Committee, American Association of Variable Star Observers, 2019.

Governance Committee, American Association of Variable Star Observers, 2018-present.

Binocular Double Star Program Certificate, Astronomical League, December 2018.

Binocular Variable Star Program Certificate, Astronomical League, October 2017.

Master and Stellar level Outreach Certificates, Astronomical League, October 2017.

Vice President, American Association of Variable Star Observers, 2014-2015.

Second Vice President, American Association of Variable Star Observer, 2013 - 2014.

AAVSO CHOICE Course Instructor: Variable Star Classification and Light Curves (September/October 2014).

AAVSO CHOICE Courses completed: How to use VStar (6/20/19); Variable Star Classification and Light Curves (5/14/14); Developing a Visual Observing Program (4/2/12)

Waymeet for Tolkien Teachers Digital Journal Editorial Board, 2015 - present.

Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers Editorial Board, 2017 - present

Journal of Tolkien Research Editorial Board, 2015- present.

Assistant Editor, Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach, 2014 - 2015.

Editor, Reflector (Astronomical League), October 2019 - present.

Assistant Editor, Reflector (Astronomical League), 2013- October 2019.

The Classroom Astronomer/Hermograph Press Advisory and Editorial Board, 2012-2015.

Outreach Certificate, Astronomical League, February 2012.

Binocular Messier Object Program Certificate, Astronomical League, December 2011.

Meteor Club Certificate, Astronomical League, July 2011.

NASA Lunar rock/Meteorite certification, 2009.

Messier Club Certificate (with honors), Astronomical League, October 2003.

Ground, polished, and figured an f/4.6 8-inch primary mirror and mounted it in a Newtonian telescope, 2002-3.

Higher Education Director, Connecticut Science Teachers Association, 2011-2015.

Member, Advisory Board for UConn Physics Department Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee, 2011 – 2013.

Council Member, American Association of Variable Star Observers, 1997 – 2001, 2018-19.

Member, AAVSO Hands-on Astrophysics curriculum development team, 1995-1997.

Peer reviewer for Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Tolkien Studies, Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, Mythlore, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society, MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, among others. Review book proposals for Routledge Press and Springer Press, among others.

First Year Student Coordinator, CCSU Honors Program, 2009 - 2010.

Director, CCSU Honors Program, 2003 - 2009. Co-Director, CCSU Honors Program, 2000 - 2003. Assistant Director, CCSU Honors Program, Feb. 1996 - June 2000. Acting Director, CCSU Honors Program, June 1995 - Jan., 1996.

Faculty member, CCSU Honors Program, 1991 - present.

Member, Math, Science and Technology Committee, Charter Oak State College, 2001 - present; Chair 2003-2005, 2009-2010, 2014-2016.

Dean of Faculty, Charter Oak State College, 2011-2013.

 

ORGANIZATIONS:

American Association of Variable Star Observers
American Astronomical Society
Astronomical League
British Astronomical Association
Geological Society of America
Golden Key National Honor Society
International Planetarium Society
Mid Atlantic Planetarium Society
Mythopoeic Society
Northeast Tolkien Society
Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Pi Sigma
Springfield Telescope Makers
The Tolkien Society