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Dr. Lanika Ruzhitskaya


  • Lanika Ruzhitskaya Profile

    Position: Director

    Department: Science Outreach Center

    Office: Science Center 218

    Email Dr. Lanika Ruzhitskaya

    814.472.3878

    About Dr. Lanika Ruzhitskaya

    Education

    • B.A. Journalism, University of Rostov-on-Don, Russia
    • M.A. Advertising Management, University of Missouri - Columbia
    • Ed.S. Leaning Network, University of Missouri - Columbia
    • Ph.D. Information Science and Learning Technologies with emphasis area in Astrophysics, University of Missouri – Columbia 

    Biography

    Lanika Ruzhitskaya's Curriculum Vitae

     

    • Courses Taught
    • Research/Interests
    • Selected Publications
    • Books
    • Conference Presentations
    • Affiliations
    Courses Taught
    • CORE: 113: Big Ideas that Changed Humankind, Saint Francis University
    • Physics 102: Descriptive Astronomy, Saint Francis University
    • Physics 104: Introduction to Physics I, Saint Francis University
    • Physics 105: Introduction to Physics II, Saint Francis University
    • Science 101: Science for Active Citizenship, Saint Francis University
    • Astronomy 1010: Introduction to Astronomy, University of Missouri
    • Astronomy 1020: Introduction to Laboratory 
    • Astronomy, University of Missouri
    • Topics in Physics 1002-01: The Energy of the Sun, University of Missouri
    • Topics in Physics 1002-02: The Energy of the Earth, University of Missouri
    • Topics in Physics 1002-03: Anthropology of Sustainable Energy, University of Missouri
    • Physics 262: General Astronomy, Moberly Area Community College
    • Physics 264: Atmospheric Science, Moberly Area Community College
    Research/Interests
    • Efficacy of computer-based technologies in astronomy and physics education
    • Inquiry-based learning in formal and informal settings
    • Critical thinking, causality and scientific reasoning in formal and informal settings
    • Effectiveness of delivery methods (face-to-face, blended, online learning)
    • Informal and incidental learning
    Selected Publications

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Montfrooij, W. (2016). Visual explanations behind important equations in astronomy. European Journal of Physics. Under review.

    Montfrooij, W., & Ruzhitskaya, L. (2016). Teaching superfluidity at the introductory level. European Journal of Physics. Under review.

    Ruzhitskaya, L., A. Speck, N. Ding, S. Baldridge, S.Witzig, & J. Laffey (2012). Going Virtual… or Not: Development and Testing of a 3D Virtual Astronomy

    Environment. In Proceedings of Communicating Science, ASP Conference Series, 2012. Edited by J. Barnes, C. Shupla, J.G. Manning and M.G. Gibbs. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2013, 473, p. 255.

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Montfrooij, W. (2010). Teaching Gravity and Tides: Use Textbooks, Simulations or Videos? In Proceedings of Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and public Outreach, ASP Conference Series, 2011, 443, (pp. 481-485), Boulder, CO: Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2008). Computer-Based Simulation: Stimulating Learning in Astronomy. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 5389-5396). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2008). Impact of Spatial and Social Presence on Learning in Virtual Learning Environments. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 5379-5388). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2007). Finding Stellar Properties: From Parallax to Radius. Cosmos in the Classroom 2007, 2007, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Claremont, CA. 139-142.

    Ruzhitskaya, L. (2006). Three-Dimensional Interactive Images: What Are They Good For? In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006 (pp. 1767-1771). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

    Books

    Montfrooij, W & Ruzhitskaya, L. (2015). Astronomy! A conceptual introduction from the Big Bang to that asteroid heading right for us. Columbia, MO: Mizzou Publishing.

    • Kindle edition available on Amazon

    Montfrooij, W & Ruzhitskaya, L. (2014). A Physics Primer for students forced to take astronomy. Columbia, MO: Mizzou Publishing.

    • Kindle edition available on Amazon 
    Conference Presentations

    Five most recent presentations:
    (NOTE: ++ denotes oral presentations, ## denotes poster presentations)

    Ruzhitskaya, L., Speck, A., Baldridge S., & Briggs, J. (2014). Reaching to the Star. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 223rd American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #223, Washington, DC. In Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 444.06. ##

    Speck, A., Ruzhitskaya, L. & Whittington, A. (2014). Assessment of Teaching Methods and Critical Thinking in a Course for Science Majors. In Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Meeting, AAS Meeting 223, #332.04,Washington, DC. ++

    Briggs, J., Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck. A. (2014). Mizzou Student Astronomical Society – Benefiting Everyone. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 223rd American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #223, Washington, DC. In Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 160.10. ##

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2012). Astronomy in Sustainable Energy: A New Approach to Make It Matter, In Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Meeting, AAS Meeting 219, Austin, TX. ++

    Speck, A., Ruzhitskaya, L., Laffey, J. & Ding, N. (2012). 3D Virtual Reality for Teaching Astronomy, In Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Meeting, AAS Meeting 219, Austin, TX. ++

    Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2011). Peer interaction: help or distraction? In Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Meeting, AAS Meeting 217, Seattle, WA, 43. ++

    Affiliations
    • AACE - Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
    • AAS - American Astronomical Society
    • ASP - Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    • CMAA - Central Missouri Astronomical Association
    • Museum Alliance – NASA
    • TSCN - Teen Science Café network