Research and Teaching
- Professor, Department
of Physics and Astronomy, Minnesota
State University Moorhead (Moorhead, MN) July 2013 to
- (As of Spring 2013) 14 Semesters teaching Introductory Astronomy
which included a major overhaul of the lab activities used in the
course, adding new observing projects as options to a planetarium-based
project, and experimentation with new Lecture Tutorial implementation
- 5 Semesters of Advanced Lab instruction including development
of a new statistics component and aiding in the development of
a writing-intensive component.
- 3 Semesters teaching Introduction to Research – Fall
- Developed Upper-Division Astrophysics track courses in Stellar Astrophysics and Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics and worked with Drs. Craig and Winkler on re-development of Observational Astronomy course. - Fall 2011 to present
- 2 Semesters teaching Upper-Division Introduction to Astrophysics –Fall
- 2 Semesters co-teaching Computational Physics course which included
development of new labs in Maple and IDL as well as a refocusing
of the course on mathematical techniques useful in physics and
their implementation with computers. –Spring 2007/9
- 3 Semesters teaching Upper-Division Electromagnetic Theory. –Spring
- 1 Semester teaching Upper-Division Modern Physics course – Spring
- 1 Semester teaching Life and Death in the Universe, an Honors
Course on Astrobiology – Fall
- 8 Semesters of Introductory Algebra-based or Calculus-based Physics lab instruction.
- Associate Professor, Department
of Physics and Astronomy, Minnesota
State University Moorhead (Moorhead, MN) July 2009 to
- Assistant Professor, Department
of Physics and Astronomy, Minnesota
State University Moorhead (Moorhead, MN) August 2006
to July 2009
- Assistant Professor, Department
of Physics, Astronomy, & Engineering Science, Saint
Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) August 2003 to
- 3 Semesters teaching upper-division courses on “Applications
in Theoretical Physics” (aka “Mathematical Physics” - Spring
2004/6) and “Galaxies and Cosmology” (Spring 2005)
- 3 Semesters teaching middle-division “General Astronomy” (an
astronomy course with pre-requisite of completion of introductory
algebra-based physics sequence) (Fall 2003/4/5)
- 1 Semester teaching Introductory Calculus-based Physics –Spring
- 4 Semesters teaching Introductory Algebra-based Physics – Fall
2003 through Spring 2005
- 1 Semester teaching Introductory Astronomy– Fall 2005
- Visiting Assistant
Professor and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Astronomy, Haverford
PA) July 2001 to July 2003
- 1 Semester
assisting in upper-division courses on “Non-Optical
Astronomy” and “Astrophysics II” (2003)
- 1 Semester
teaching upper-division course on “Cosmology and
Extragalactic Astronomy” (2002)
- 2 Semesters
101: Astronomical Ideas" (Fall
2001 [assisting] and Fall 2002)
Physics, Astronomy, & Engineering Science, Saint
Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) August 1999
to July 2001
- 1 Semester
teaching Honors Course on "Life and Death in the Universe" (Spring
- 2 years full-time
teaching Introductory Physics and Astronomy Lectures and Labs
Automated Plate Scanner, U of Minnesota (Supervisor: Roberta Humphreys)
- Project Scientist
March 1998 to July 1999
- Research Assistant
- Teaching Assistant,
U of Minnesota Department of
Astronomy Recitation Spring 1996
Observing Lab Assistant Spring 1994
- Advanced Astronomy
Laboratory Fall 1993 and Fall 1994
Astronomy Lecturer Summer 1993
Astronomy Laboratory 1992-93 Academic Year
- Instructor of
Astronomy, Massachusetts Advanced Studies Program – Summer
Research Assistant, Maria Mitchell
Observatory (under Dr. Emilia Belserene) 1990
Research Assistant, Iowa State University
Dept. of Astronomy (under
Dr. Lee Anne Willson) 1989
- Complete re-working of Astronomy 102 and 104 labs for MSUM (with
Dr. Craig) that resulted in completely new lab manuals and online
exercises for the course. – 2007-8
- Recipient of the "Miller Teacher
Scholar Award" ($2500) that recognizes "excellence
in the areas of teaching and service" among SCSU faculty. – 2005
- Assembled and edited the Physics 231 and Astronomy 106 lab manuals,
creating the first complete lab manuals for these SCSU courses. – 2003
- Received "Teacher
Recognition Award" in March 2000 from SCSU Student Representative
U of MN Doctoral Student Teaching Program (program now called Preparing
Future Faculty) 1995-96 Academic Year
- Primary author of sections of the U of MN Astronomy Dept. introductory
astronomy lab manual and author of the advanced astronomy lab manual – 1993-94.
- Development of the E-SPECROAD data
reduction package for reduction
of Hectospec Multi-fiber Spectra. – Summer 2008 through present
nights total time on Hydra multi-fiber spectrometer at the CTIO 4.0-m
telescope – April 2008
- 17 nights total time on Hectospec multi-fiber spectrometer at the MMTO 6.5-m telescope on Mt. Hopkins – May 2007 through September 2009
- 12 nights total wide-field imaging at the CTIO 1-m – April
2006 and October 2007 (rescheduled 2008)
- 130 hours cumulative
observing time at the 305 meter Arecibo
Radio Observatory - August 1998 through November 2002.
- 115 hours cumulative
observing time at the U of Arizona
Steward Observatory (formerly NRAO) 12 meter millimeter-wave telescope on
Kitt Peak February 2001 through July 2002
- Development of the MAPS Catalog of the POSS I, a digital archive
of astronomical data for 89 million objects in the night sky, and online
database versions of that catalog – 2000-1
- Attended the NRAO-NAIC
Summer School on Single-Dish Astronomy at the Arecibo Radio Observatory
-- June 2001.
- 1 week observing
run at Burrell Schmidt telescope, Kitt
Peak National Observatory -1994
- Systems Administration
Experience: 6 years experience as administrator for ~20 computers in
a mixed IRIX, SunOS, Solaris, and Linux computer environment
- Programming/Data Analysis Experience using Fortran, C, Perl, PHP, MySQL, IDL, Unix shell script, AIPS, IRAF, PGPLOT, and ANALYZ packages (since 1992)
- Designed and maintain a blog to help astronomers who use Macintosh computers called urania.cabanela.com (2008- present).
- Designed and Maintained
the SCSU Astronomy Public
Outreach WWW site called SCSUAstronomy.com (2005-6).
- Textbook Reviewer for
- 21st Century Astronomy, Third Edition by Hester, Burstein,
Blumenthal, Greley, Smith, Voss, and Wegner [Norton] (Summer 2009)
- 21st Century Astronomy, Second Edition by Hester, Burstein,
Blumenthal, Greley, Smith, Voss, and Wegner [Norton] (December 2005)
- In Quest of the Universe, Fifth Edition by Kuhn and Koupelis
[Jones and Barlett] (October 2005)
- Discovering Astronomy, Fifth Edition by
Shawl, Hufnagel & Ashman
[Kendall/Hunt Publishing] (December 2004)
Guide to the Universe, Fourth Edition by Chaisson and McMillian [Prentice Hall Press]
in the Universe by Bennett, Shostak, and Jakosky
[Addison Wesley and Bejamin Cummings Press] (January 2002)
- Sat on Small
Research Grants Committee of American Astronomical Society (January
- Aided the American
Astronomical Society Public
Policy office in developing a Congressional
Directory on the web to allow society members to contact their
members of Congress. 1997 to 2005
- Topical physics and astronomy
talks to Twin Cities, Stain Cloud, and Moorhead area schools (K-12) totaling about
40 talks (including several in Spanish to Spanish Immersion students) (1992 - present).
- Judge (2007-2010) for Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair and Judge (1999-2000, 2003-2004) and Exhibit Director (2005, 2006) for
David Frank Grether Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair.
- An organizer of the Student
Research Colloquium at Saint Cloud State
University which invites area college students to present their research
in a professional environment. – 1999-2001, 2004-2005
- Involved as physics
presenter (including a presentation in Spanish) for the 10th and 11th
Annual Horizons Conferences, encouraging young women to pursue
science. The Horizons conference is presented by the Society
of Women Engineers at SCSU 2000-2001, 2005
- Design and Maintenance
of the initial U of MN Astronomy Dept. Public
Outreach WWW site including interactive "Ask An Astronomer" feature.
- Involved in ScienceWorks program to help reform the science
curriculum in Minneapolis public schools 1997-99.
science advisor and member of advisory committee for the childrens'
science series Madame Curious 1998-99
- Guest science
advisor for the PBS childrens' science series Newton's
Apple 1993, 1998
Publications and Research Grants List for Juan Cabanela
Publications in Refereed
the Asymmetric Thick Disk: III. The Kinematics and Interaction with
the Galactic Bar”,
Humphreys, R.M, Beers, T.C., Cabanela, J.E..,Grammer,
S., Davidson, K., Lee, Y.-S., and Larsen, J.A.. 2011, AJ, 141, 131.
- “Mapping the Asymmetric
Thick Disk: II Distance, Size and Mass of the Hercules Thick Disk
Cloud”, Larsen, J.A.., , Cabanela,
J.E.., and Humphreys, R.M. 2011, AJ, 141, 130.
the Asymmetric Thick Disk. I. A Search for Triaxiality”,
Larsen, J.A., Cabanela, J.E., Humphreys, R.M., and
Haviland, A.P. 2010, AJ, 139, 348.
the Asymmetric Thick Disk: The Hercules Thick Disk Cloud”, Larsen, J.A., Humphreys, R.M., and Cabanela,
J.E., 2008, ApJL, 687, L17.
Automated Plate Scanner Catalog of the Palomar Sky Survey. II.
Database”, Cabanela, J.E.,
Humphreys, R.M., Aldering, G., Larsen, J.A., Odewahn, S.C., Thurmes,
P.M., and Cornuelle, C.S.
2003, PASP, 115, 837.
what IS the Astronomy Major?", Cabanela, J.E.
and Partridge, B. 2003, Astronomy Education
Review, 1(2), Article
on the Blue Edge", Cabanela, J.E. and Dickey, J.M. 2002,
AJ, 124, 78.
FIRST Bright Quasar Survey. II. 60 Nights and 1200 Spectra Later,"
White, R.L., Becker, R.H., Gregg, M.D., Laurent-Muehleisen, S.A., Brotherton,
M.S., Impey, C.D., Petry, C.E., Chaffee, F., Richards, G., Oegerle,
W.R., Helfand, D.J., McMahon, R.G., and Cabanela, J.E. 2000,
ApJS, 126, 133.
of Galaxy Spin Vectors in the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster with the
Arecibo Telescope", Cabanela, J.E. and Dickey, J. 1999, AJ, 118,
Alignments in the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster Revisited,"
Cabanela, J.E. and Aldering, G. 1998, AJ, 116, 1094.
of the Complicated Cepheid HR7308," Cabanela, J.E. 1991,
JAAVSO, 20, 54.
- "The Hercules Thick Disk Cloud: The Closest Galaxy to Earth?", Cabanela, J.E., at University of North Dakota Physics and Astrophysics Colloquium, January 29, 2010.
- "Mapping the Asymmetric Thick Disk - the Hercules Thick Disk Cloud",
Larsen, J.A., Humphreys, R.M., and Cabanela, J.E. at the The Milky Way and the Local Group - Now and in the Gaia Era Conference (August 31 - September 4, 2009, Heidelberg, Germany)
Spectra of Extreme GPS and Rising-spectrum Radio Sources",
Guerra, E. J. , Cabanela, J., Partridge, R. B. , & Myers,
S. 2003, in Future Directions in High Resolution Astronomy: A
Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the VLBA, ASP Conference
Series, Vol. 340, eds. Jonathan D. Romney and Mark J. Reid, 89.
- "Mining Astronomical
Databases", Humphreys, R.M., Cabanela, J.E. and Kriessler, J.
2001, in Data
Mining for Scientific and Engineering Applications ed. Kamath,
C., Kegelmeyer, P., Kumar, V., and Namburu, R. (Kluwer Academic Press).
New Luyten Proper Motion Survey," Humphreys, R.M., Cornuelle,
C.S., Larsen, J.A., Aldering, G., and Cabanela, J.E. 1997,
in Proper Motions and Galactic Astronomy, ASP Conference
Series, Vol. 127, ed. Roberta M. Humphreys, 41.
APS Catalog of the POSS I, Image Database, and Luyten Proper Motion
Catalog," Cornuelle, C.S., Aldering, G., Humphreys, R.M.,
and Cabanela, J.E. 1997, in Proper Motions and Galactic
Astronomy, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 127, ed. Roberta M. Humphreys,
- "A Kinematic Asymmetry
and Interaction with the Galactic Bar," Humphreys, R.M,
Beers, T.C., Cabanela, J.E..,Grammer, S., Davidson,
K., Lee, Y.-S., and Larsen, J.A.. 2011, BAAS 217, #241.10
- "Mapping the Asymmetric Thick Disk: II. Kinematics of the Hercules Thick Disk Cloud," Cabanela, J.E.,
Grammer, S. H., Humphreys, R.M, Larsen, J.A., Beers, T.C., and Lee,
Y. S. 2010, BAAS 215, #413.03
- "Mapping the Asymmetric Thick Disk: I. Field Star Distributions of the Hercules Thick Disk Cloud," Larsen, J.A.,Humphreys, R.M., and Cabanela, J.E. 2010, BAAS 215, #413.02
- "Continuing Studies of the Hercules Thick Disk Cloud," Haviland, A., Larsen, J.A., Humphreys, R. M.,and Cabanela, J. E. 2009, BAAS 213, #401.03
- "Mapping the Asymmetric Thick Disk: A Search for Triaxiality" Cabanela,
J.E., Larsen, J.A., and Humphreys, R.M. 2007, BAAS 211,
Dust Content of a Quarter Million SDSS DR4 Galaxies," Cabanela,
J.E., Sidhu, S.K., and Bennett, W.J. 2006, BAAS 207, #64.18.
Dust Content of SDSS DR3 Spirals," Cabanela,
J.E., Sidhu, S.K.,
and Bennett, W.J. 2005, BAAS 206, #13.09.
Internal Extinction in External Galaxies: A Statistical Approach,” Sidhu,
S.K. and Cabanela, J.
BAAS 204, #114.08.
Effects of Environmental Density on Galaxy Properties: Extension
to the Low Surface Brightness Extreme,” Cabanela, J.
E. and Roscioli,
M. 2003, BAAS 204, #91.08.
Flux of Extreme GPS & Rising-Spectrum
Sources,” Partridge, R. B., Cabanela, J. E., Guerra, E. J., and
Myers, S. 2003, IAU 25th Meeting (Sydney).
Study of Extreme GPS and Rising-Spectrum Sources," Partridge,
R. B., Cabanela,
J. E., Myers, S., and Guerra,
E. J. 2003, BAAS 202, #18.02
Distribution of Low Surface Brightness Galaxies in the Pisces-Perseus
Cabanela, J.E. and Roscioli, M.B. 2003, BAAS 201,
Radio Spectra of VLA-FIRST/GB6 Inverted-spectrum Radio Sources," Guerra,
E.J., Myers, S.T., Partridge, R.B., & Cabanela, J.E. 2002,
BAAS 199, #7.10.
CO Observations of Four LSBs," Cabanela, J.E., Womack,
& Dickey, J. M. 2002, BAAS 199, #130.08.
Mining, and Archiving an On-line Database," Humphreys, R.M., Cabanela, J.E. and Kriessler, J. 2000, BAAS 197, #116.06.
Successful Automated Search for Crouching Giants," Cabanela,
J.E. and Dickey, J.M. 2000, BAAS 197, #76.01.
Extinction from a Diameter-limited Catalog", Cabanela, J.E.
1999, BAAS, 195, #21.02.
Properties from a Diameter-limited Catalog", Cabanela, J.E.
1999, Ph.D. Thesis University of Minnesota.
FIRST Bright Quasar Survey. II. 60 Nights and 1200 Spectra Later",
Becker, R. H.; White, R. L.; Gregg, M. D.; Laurent-Muehleisen, S. A.;
Brotherton, M. S.; Impey, C. D.; Petry, C. E.; Chaffee, F.; Richards,
G.; Oegerle, W. R.; Helfand, D. J.; McMahon, R. G.; Cabanela, J.
E. 1998, BAAS, 193, #107.02.
Spin Vector Alignments in the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster",
Cabanela, J.E. and Dickey, J.M. 1998, BAAS, 193, #02.15.
[NOTE: Updated Results in Cabanela
and Dickey 1999, AJ, 118, 46.]
a Quarter Million Galaxies at the North Galactic Pole," Cabanela,
J.E. and Humphreys, R.M. 1998, BAAS, 192, #55.19.
New APS Catalog of the POSS I," Kriessler, J.R., Humphreys, R.M.,
Cabanela, J.E., Rees, R.F., Ngo, H., and Srivastava, J. 1998,
BAAS, 192, #55.09.
APS Catalogs of the POSS I - New Data and New Tools," Cornuelle,
C.S., Ngo, H., Srivastava, J., Rees, R., Kriessler, J.R., Humphreys,
R.M., and Cabanela, J.E. 1997, BAAS, 191, #16.07.
WWW Database of APS POSS Images," Cornuelle, C.S., Aldering, G.,
Sourov, A., Humphreys, R.M., Larsen, J.A, and Cabanela, J.E.
1997, New Horizons from Multi-Wavelength, Sky Surveys, Proceedings
of the 179th IAU Symposium, ed. Brian McLean, 467.
of Galaxy Alignments in the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster," Cabanela,
J.E. and Aldering, G. 1994, BAAS, 185, #55.07.
Alignments in the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster," Cabanela, J.E.
and Aldering, G. 1994, BAAS, 184, #62.08.
- "Monitoring A
Complicated Cepheid," Cabanela, J.E. 1991, Robotic Observatories:
Present and Future (Mesa, AZ: Fairborn Press), 317.
Research Grants Awarded
- MNSCU Designed for Learning Grant "Reaching the Stars: A Learner-Centered
Redesign of Introductory Astronomy" (with Dr. Matthew Craig),
- SCSU University Assessment Committee Grant (with Aparna Gupta,
Kevin Haglin, Maria Womack, and Sneh Kalia), 2005, $2000
- SCSU Sponsored Programs Matching Grant (match to NSF Grant), 2005, $4500
- PI (with Roberta Humphreys at U Minnesota and Jeff Larsen
at US Naval Academy), NSF Astronomy Division – Galactic Astronomy
Collaborative Research to Map the Asymmetric Thick Disk”, 2005-8, $95,451
(Cabanela Group), $362,315 (Total Project Award)
- Keck Northeast
Astronomy Consortium, 2003, ~$3000 toward summer
stipend of student.
- American Astronomical
Society Small Research Grant, “The Spatial Distribution of
LSBs in the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster”, 2003, $3224
- Haverford College
Louis Green Travel Fund, “Travel to Arecibo for Observations
of Low Surface Brightness Galaxies”, 2002, $450
- Keck Northeast
Astronomy Consortium, 2002, ~$3000 toward summer stipend of student.
- Travel Grant to Attend Arecibo Single Dish Summer School, 2001,
- Co-I, NASA Applied
Information Systems Research Program Grant, “Enhancing and
Archiving the APS Catalog of the POSS I”, 2000-2, $233,388 (Total
- SCSU Foundation
Grant, “Internal Extinction from a Diameter-Limited Catalog”,
- Heather Cegla, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Class of 2010
- I helped Heather complete her senior project of developing a pipeline for processing VYSOS 5 optical imaging data from the University of Hawai'i VYSOS 5 camera. Heather Cegla subsequently obtained her Ph.D. from Queen's University in Belfast in Fall 2013.
- Murshid Saqlain, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Class of 2012
- Murshid spent the summer of 2009 reducing data from the Hectospec multifiber spectrometer on the MMT 6.5-meter using my External SPECROAD pipeline. He also finished some of the final spectral data reductions for data from the Hydra multifiber spectrometer at the CTIO 4-meter. He was basically just trying to understand how multifiber spectroscopy works and how the data is reduced.
- Devin Kasper, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Class of 2011
- Devin spent the summer of 2008 being a "line monkey" (his words) reducing data from the Hydra multifiber spectrometer at the CTIO 4-meter. His specific goal was to help develop the pipeline for reducing the stellar spectra to determine velocities of stars in the thick disk as related to our Thick Disk Asymmetry project. He went on to work at the National Solar Observatory REU the following summer and transferred to the University of Wisconsin Madison.
- Fenner Colson, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Class of 2010
- Fenner spent the summer of 2007 developing some perl scripts for use in data mining the SDSS data for stellar streams and for comparison to our MAPS Catalog and other data related to the Asymmetric Thick Disk project..
- Joshua Swanson, St. Cloud State University, Class
of 2008 and Laura
Butler University, Class of 2007 (I had partial supervision of Laura,
who was a U of Minnesota REU Summer student)
Josh and Laura spent
the summer of 2006 reducing images taken at the Y4KCam on the
1.0-m at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
Specifically he worked with me to develop the software for
reducing almost 1000 raw 16 megapixel images in four bandpasses
(U, B, V, and R) and turning it into photometric information
on all the stars in those images. Josh is now a post-doc in particle physics at Brown University. Laura has entered the field of Medical Physics.
- Wendy Bennett, Drake University, Class of 2006
Wendy was a volunteer researcher for me in the
summer of 2004. She
spent one day a week working on extending Supreet Sidhu’s
research by modifying her code to work the Sloan
Digital Sky Survey Data Release 2. She has since obtained a Masters in astronomy at Iowa State University.
Sidhu, Swarthmore College, Class of 2005
the summer of 2003 examining the problem of determining the distribution
of dust in external
galaxies. This was done by obtaining isophotal magnitudes
and diameters for ~90,000 galaxies in the Sloan
Digital Sky Survey (Data Release 1).
Analysis is ongoing, but her analysis of these observations showed
the feasibility of a statistical determination of the level
of internal extinction in external galaxies. She is now a college instructor at Washington College.
- Megan B. Roscioli, Haverford College, Class of 2005
performed supervised research investigating the nature of
the ISM of Low
Surface Brightness galaxies and their distribution
to Large-Scale Structure. This included making millimeter observations
with the Kitt Peak 12 meter of several LSBs and radio observations
at the Arecibo 305 meter.
She reduced the data from these projects to publication quality.
Megan was also
a recipient of
the prestigious Barry
M. Goldwater Scholarship in Spring of 2003. She is now
an graduate student in astrophysics at the University of Chicago.
- Martin Mudd, Williams College,
Class of 2004
was a summer student at Haverford in the summer
of 2002. His research project
focused on attempting to isolate
stars tidally striped
from globular clusters from foreground stars in
the same field using the Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner
Catalog of the POSS
I. The project
was not a “success” in that we discovered
the color resolution of photographic plates was
not sufficient to isolate
the streams, but
he did an excellent job in testing the concept. Marty went on to
do Teach for America and entered a graduate program in Physics at the University of Kentucky.