Professor Keivan G. Stassun, Ph.D.

Professor Keivan G. Stassun
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
Like us, stars are born, live their lives, and then die. Like us, the lives and deaths of stars represent a circle of life, the ashes of dead stars becoming the raw material for new generations and their systems of planets.

Dr. Keivan G. Stassun is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a postdoctoral research fellow with the NASA Hubble Space Telescope Program before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt. Professor Stassun's research on the birth of stars, eclipsing binary stars, exoplanetary systems, and the sun has appeared in the prestigious research journal Nature, has been featured on NPR's Earth & Sky, and has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. He also serves as host for Tennessee Explorers, a television show highlighting the work of scientists and engineers to inspire the next generation of scientific explorers. Professor Stassun is a recipient of the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and a Cottrell Scholar Award for excellence in research and university teaching from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Stassun is also a national leader in initiatives to increase the number of underrepresented minorities earning doctoral degrees in science and engineering and has served as an expert witness to Congress in its review of approaches for increasing American competitiveness in these fields.

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"Prof Stassun explains all the terms and repeats important ideas as necessary. His presentation style is fun, comprehensive, logical, and inclusive of the audience; he always asks us to join him in examining a topic."

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8 Courses and Sets

  1. The Life and Death of Stars Sale

    The Life and Death of Stars

    Keivan G. Stassun
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    No other large-scale object in the universe is as fundamental as a star. Stars are a central topic of astronomy, and because the study of stars encompasses key concepts in nuclear physics, electromagnetism, chemistry, and other disciplines, it is an ideal introduction to how we understand the universe at all scales. The Life and Death of Stars introduces you to this spectacular story in 24 beautifully...
  2. (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & My Favorite Universe  Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & My Favorite Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $469.90 $469.90$469.90
    Take a close look at the central topic of stars in astronomy, including their role in the creation of black holes, in this fascinating course set by two stellar astrophysicists. First, in Professor Keivan G. Stassun’s The Life and Death of Stars, grasp the essential nature of these phenomena and, in the process, learn the essential concepts of astrophysics, including the origin and likely fate of the...
  3. (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Our Night Sky  Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
  4. (Set)  The Life and Death of Stars & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
  5. (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries  Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
  6. (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe  Set

    (Set) The Life and Death of Stars & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
  7. (Set)  Thermodynamics & The Life and Death of Stars Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics & The Life and Death of Stars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of the universe around us with this set of courses. First, delve into the fascinating and enormously important subject of thermodynamics in Thermodynamics: Four Laws that Move the Universe. Then, gain an astronomer’s understanding of spectacular celestial bodies in The Life and Death of Stars which features dazzling imagery from Hubble, informative graphics, and computer animations.
  8. (Set) The Search for Exoplanets & The Life and Death of Stars Set

    (Set) The Search for Exoplanets & The Life and Death of Stars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    For generations, we have dreamed of stars and planets beyond our solar system, but our knowledge was limited. Only recently have astronomers truly understand how stars are engines of matter, energy, and life itself. Learn about the stars and planets in our galaxy and beyond with this two course set of The Search for Exoplanets and The Life and Death of Stars.