1. Barranco, J.A., Pei, S., Marcus, P.S., 2018, “Zombie Vortex Instability. III. Persistence with Nonuniform Stratification and Radiative Damping.” The Astrophysical Journal, 869. arXiv:1810.06588.

Campus Service

Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Astronomy, 08/2018-05/2019

Physics & Astronomy Major Advisor, 08/2010 - 07/2018; Undergraduate Coordinator for Major Advising, 08/2015 - 07/2018

Provost Search Committee, 08/2017 - 05/2018

Administrative Review Committee for Dean of Faculty Affairs, 01/2016 - 05/2016

Chair, Search Committee for Asst./Assoc. Professor of Physics/Astronomy Education Research, 08/2015-05/2016

College of Science & Engineering Dean Search Committee, 08/2014 - 05/2015


My field of research is computational astrophysical & geophysical fluid dynamics; that is, I study the motion of fluids on the scale of planets, stars, and nebulae.  Such flows tend to be highly nonlinear, chaotic and turbulent, and so practical solutions require supercomputer simulations.  Here at SFSU, we have a small cluster called SF-STAR (Supercomputer Facility for Space & Terrestrial Advanced Research).  I co-direct this facility with Professor Andisheh Mahdavi.

Classes taught at SFSU


Fall 2019:

Physics 330: Analytic Mechanics -- Syllabus from Fall 2018


Classes taught previously:

Astronomy 400/700: Stellar Astrophysics -- Syllabus from Fall 2017

Physics 220: General Physics with Calculus I -- Syllabus from Spring 2017

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Fall 2018

No courses

Spring 2019

Information System: University of Nice, Nice, France

Electronic Commerce Systems: University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany


















Spring 2018

ISYS 464, Managing Enterprise Data, Monday 4:10-6:55, BUS 128

Professor Jeff Jacoby Bio 2018

Jeff practices sound and radio art, sound design, directing, producing, writing, and performing, and happily serves as Professor of Audio & Radio in the Department of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. Jeff is a author, founded Living Sound Productions in 1980, and has worked at Quinnipiac University, Real Art Ways, The Media Arts Center, and the National Radio Project.


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