James Hedberg


Director, CCNY Planetarium

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • History of Science
  • Physics of Music
  • Popularizing Astronomy
  • Science Outreach
  • Scientific Visualization


Marshak Science Building





james hedberg

James Hedberg

Research Interests/Activity

Director of CCNY Planetarium

Scientific Visualization

Coordinator for Science Outreach, CCNY

Director of Undergraduate Physics Program

History of Science (physics and astronomy)



McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
PhD, Physics, 2011

‣ Thesis Topic: Ultra-Low Temperature Atomic Force Microscopy
‣ Advisor: Professor Guillaume Gervais
‣ Area of Study: Condensed Matter Experimental Physics

Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
MS, Physics, 2005

‣ Thesis Topic: Carbon Nanotubes as Electronic Components
‣ Advisor: Professor Jun Jiao
‣ Area of Study: Mesoscopic Physics – Biophysics

St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, USA
BA, Liberal Arts, 2000

‣ Thesis Topic: J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations 

Recent Publications

Hedberg, James, "DIY Science Sims" (2018). CUNY Academic Works.

J.A. Hedberg, A. Lal, Y. Miyahara, P. Grütter, G. Gervais, M. Hilke, L. Pfeiffer, and K.W. West, Low Temperature
Electrostatic Force Microscopy of a Deep Two Dimensional Electron Gas using a Quartz Tuning Fork, Applied Physics
Letters, 97, 143107 (2010)

J.A. Hedberg, L. Dong, J. Jiao, Air Flow Technique for large scale dispersion and alignment of carbon nanotubes on
various substrates, Applied Physics Letters, 86, 143111, 2005


Recent Courses

Fall 2019

PHYS 21900, Physics for Architects

Spring 2019

PHYS 20700, University Physics I (Hybrid/Online)

Fall 2018

PHYS 45400, Descriptive Astronomy

Spring 2018

PHYS 20800, University Physics II


2019, Provost's Award for Pedagogical and Curricular Innovation