Spring 2024

Splash Biography

JAMES SUNSERI, The coolest astrophysicist you’ll ever meet!

Major: Astrophysics + Physics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a 3rd year astrophysics and physics double major. I love STEM and I love teaching. In fact I love it so much that I already teach two classes here at Cal on astronomy and programming! I also teach science at a science museum in NorCal to a huge variety of ages and people. Ever since I was a little kid I have been fascinated by the universe, all of it’s crazy quirks and extreme possibilities. There is so much cool stuff to understand from scales as small as subatomic particles to scales of the gigaparsecs.

Past Classes

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S712: Video Games & Simulations 101 in Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 13, 2021)
Have you ever wanted to know how to program a video game? In this course I will show you how to not only write a video game using a coding language called Python, but I will show you how an astrophysicist simulates the universe on a computer. You would be pretty surprised at how similar the two things really are! In this class you will see how a basic video game is constructed and the similarities video games have to simulations of really complicated things like magnetohydrodynamics and cosmology (big science words wowowow!)