Kim Coble

Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Kim Coble

Dr. Kim Coble


B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Santa Barbara
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium

Research Interests

Cosmology education research and curriculum development, cosmology, microwave and radio astronomy

Recent Presentations and Publications

Coble, K., Camarillo, C. T., Trouille, L. E., Bailey, J. M., Cochran, G. L., Nickerson, M. D., & Cominsky, L. R. 2013, Investigating Student Ideas About Cosmology I: Distances and Structure, Astronomy Education Review, 12, 010102

Coble, K., Nickerson, M. D., Bailey, J. M., Trouille, L. E., Cochran, G. L., Camarillo, C. T., & Cominsky, L. R. 2013, Investigating Student Ideas About Cosmology II: Composition, Astronomy Education Review, 12, 010111

Trouille, L. E., Coble, K. A., Cochran, G. L., Bailey, J. M., Camarillo, C. T., Nickerson, M. D., and Cominsky, L. R. 2013, Investigating Student Ideas About Cosmology III: Big Bang, Expansion, and Age of the Universe, Astronomy Education Review, 12, 010110

Coble, K., McLin, K. M., Bailey, J. M., Metevier, A. J., and Cominsky, L. R. in preparation, The Big Ideas in Cosmology, Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers / Great River Technology, Inc.

Coble, K., Cominsky, L. R., McLin, K. M., Metevier, A. J., and Bailey, J. M., 2012, Using the Big Ideas in Cosmology to Teach College Students, in Connecting People to Science, eds. J. B. Jensen, J. G. Manning, M. G. Gibbs, and D. Daou, San Francisco, CA: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 49

Bailey, J. M., Coble, K. A., Cochran, G. L., Larrieu, D. M., Sanchez, R., and Cominsky, L. R. 2012, A Multi-Institutional Investigation of Students’ Preinstructional Ideas About Cosmology, Astronomy Education Review, 11, 010302

A. K. Hodari, B. Cunningham, L. J. Martinez-Miranda, M. Urry, K. Coble, E. Freeland, T.  Hodapp, R. Ivie, M. Ong, S. Petty, S. Seestrom, S. Seidel, E. Simmons, M. Thoennessen, and H. White, 2011, Many Steps Forward, A Few Steps Back: Women In Physics In The U. S., ICWIP 2011 Conference Proceedings


NSF Fellows Symposium, Long Beach, CA; January 5, 2013

Yale University; October 9, 2012

American Physical Society National Meeting; March 31, 2012

Columbia University; March 8, 2012

University of Chicago; February 27, 2011

Carthage College; November 15, 2011

DePaul University; April 27, 2011

Lewis University; March 30, 2011

American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting, January 10, 2011


Astronomy Education Board Member, American Astronomical Society,

Committee on Minorities Member, American Association of Physics Teachers

Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy Member, American Astronomical Society

Recent Grants and Funding

2015, Co-PI, NSF-$159,882.00- “Collaborative Research: Scaling Undergraduate STEM Transformation and Institutional Networks for Engaged Dissemination (SUSTAINED)," (National Science Foundation, 2015-2019) PI: Mel Sabella. Co-PIs: Andrea Van Duzor and Amber Wise.

Using the Big Ideas in Cosmology to Teach College Students: Curriculum Development

NASA ROSES; $499,596; 03/01/10 - 02/28/13 In collaboration with Lynn Cominsky, Kevin McLin, and Anne Metevier at Sonoma State University and Janelle Bailey at UNLV

Illinois Space Grant Consortium

$151,500 from ISGC plus $119,000 CSU match; 05/17/10 - 05/16/14

Enhancing the NASA STEM Pipeline on Chicago’s South Side

$150,000 from NASA plus $50,000 CSU match; 09/01/09 - 02/28/11 In collaboration with the Illinois Space Grant Consortium

Creating Innovative Physics Learning Environments in the Urban Classroom

NSF-CCLI; $194,600; 05/15/07 - 06/01/11