Rajka Jurdana-Šepić

     Rajka Jurdana-Šepić, PhD
Associate professor

Curriculum vitae (.pdf)

Office  O-109, phone (051) 584 608
E-mail address: jurdana@phy.uniri.hr
Personal web page: www.phy.uniri.hr/~jurdana
- Physics II (Electricity  and magnetism) till 2012
- Physics III
- History of physics
- Didactics of laboratory physics
- Interdisciplinary subjects in physics teaching
- Science popularisation
- Extracurricular science and mathematical  activities

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Born in Rijeka (1965.), graduated  MatheMatics and Physics at Faculty of Education University of Rijeka  (1988.), masters of science  (1992.) and PhD  (2000.) in Atomic and molecular physics at Faculty ofsscience University of Zagreb.
Married  (1994), mother of two daugthers (1994, 1997)

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- Dipartimento di Astronomia, Universita di Trieste, Italy, 1994.
- 12th European Astrophisical Doctoral Network, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain,
- Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago, Universita di Padova, Italy,  kontinuirano od 2001.
- Harvard College Observatory, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA, 2011.
- workshops od the course Quality improvement of  teaching an learning in higher education“, Universitas, Rijeka, 2002
- "Motivation skills"  training-seminar  of the course  “Manager skils ”,  Dragon d.o.o., , Rijeka, 2004
- "Strategic Management of Staff Development at University", Tempus SCM project, Training Seminar, Dubrovnik, 2005
- "Learning, Teaching and Supervising: selection of staff development topics", Tempus SCM project, SMSDU Training Seminar, Rijeka, 2005
- "E-learning  in teaching practice", IT Academy, University of Rijeka, 2008
- "Strategic management  on the university" , educational programme, Faculty of ekonomy, University of Rieka, Delnice, 2008


Current Contents publicatios:

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1. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana, M.Hack: The quiescent phase of CH Cygni during the period 1987-1989. Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series 94 (1992), 251
2. R.Jurdana, D.Kotnik-Karuza: Search for the remnants of the 1977-1986 outburst in the quiescent phase of CH Cygni. Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series 108 (1994), 533
3. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić: CH Cygni 1987-89: The inactive state as a precursor to a new outburst. Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series 131 (1998), 229
4. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana Šepić: Search for signs of a new outburst in the quiescent state of CH Cygni. New Astronomy Reviews 43 (1999), 487
5. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić: Evidence of nebula produced by mass injection from the massive component of a symbiotic star. New Astronomy Reviews 44 (2000), 287
6. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić: CH Cyg: TiO molecule as a probe of temperature variations in the atmosphere of the cool component, Astronomy and Astrophysics 355 (2000), 595
7. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić, Y.P Pavlenko: [O/C] abundance ratio for cool giants from the receding tip of the stellar Galactic bar, New Astronomy Reviews 45 (2001), 573
8. U. Munari U., R. Jurdana-Šepić and D. Moro: Symbiotic stars on Asiago archive plates, Astronomy and Astrophysics 370 (2001), 503
9. U. Munari, R. Jurdana-Šepić: Symbiotic stars on Asiago archive plates II , Astronomy and Astrophysics 386 (2002), 237
10. R.Jurdana-Šepić, D.Kotnik-Karuza: Atmospheric thermal structure of a sample of M type giants, Astrophysics and Space Science 282 (2002), 743
11. R.Jurdana-Šepić, D.Kotnik-Karuza: Atlas of M7III optical spectral features, Astrophysics and Space Science 288 (2003), 269
12. R.Jurdana-Šepić, D.Kotnik-Karuza: Atmospheric thermal structure of a sample of M type giants II, Astrophysics and Space Science, 289 (2004), 15
13. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić, Z.Majlinger: Molecular spectroscopy of CH Cygni in the 1998-2000 active phase, Baltic astronomy, 13 (2004), 148
14. R.Brajša, A.O. Benz, M. Temmer, R.Jurdana-Šepić, B.Šaina, H.Wohl, An interpretation of the coronal holes' visibility in the millimeter wavelength range, Solar Physics, Volume 245, 2007, Issue 1, pp.167-176
15. U. Munari, A. Siviero, A. Henden, G. Cardarelli, G. Cherini, S. Dallaporta, G. Dalla Via, A. Frigo, R. Jurdana-Sepić, S. Moretti, H. Navasardyan, P. Ochner, S.Tomaselli, S. Tomasoni, P. Valisa, M. Valentini, The nature and evolution of Nova Cygni 2006, Astronomy and Astrophysics 492 (2008), 145
16. R. Jurdana-Šepić, U.Munari, Symbiotic stars on Asiago archive plates, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 122 (2010), 35

17.  R. Jurdana-Šepić,  R. Brajša,  H. Wöhl,  A. Hanslmeier,  I. Poljančić,  L. Svalgaard, andS. F. Gissot, A precise measurement of the solar differential rotation by tracing small bright coronal structures in SOHO-EIT images, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 534 (2011), A17
18.  Jurdana-Šepić R., Ribeiro V., Darnley M., Munari U., Bode M., Historical light curve and search for previous outbursts of Nova KT Eridani (2009), Astronomy and Astrophysics,  537 (2012), 34 
19.  E. Semkov, S. Peneva, U. Munari, M. Tsvetkov, R. Jurdana-Šepić, E. de Miguel, R. Schwartz, D. Dimitrov, D. Kjurkchieva, V. Radeva, Optical photometric and spectral study of the new FU Orionis object  V2493 Cygni (HBC 722), Astronomy and Astrophysics, 542 (2012), 43

20. R. Jurdana-Šepić and U. Munari: Reconstructing historical lightcurves of  symbiotic stars and novae,  Proceedings of Asiago Meeting on Symbiotic Stars, A. Siviero and U. Munari eds., Baltic Astronomy,  21 (2012),  177
21.  I. Poljančić Beljan, R. Jurdana-Šepić, E. H. Semkov, S. Ibryamov, S. P. Peneva, M. K.Tsvetkov: Long-term photometric observations of pre-main sequence objects in the field of North America/Pelican Nebula, Astronomy and Astr
ophysics, 568 (2014), A49


1. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić: CH Cygni: A symbiotic star in its transition phase to quiescence, Astronomical and Astrophysical Transactions 13 (1997), 1
2. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić: Optical spectroscopy and modelling of the symbiotic star CH Cygni in the quiet phase. Hvar Observatory Bulletin 22 (1998), 53
3. D.Kotnik-Karuza, R.Jurdana-Šepić: Emission lines in the optical spectra of CH Cygni 1991-95. Astronomical and Astrophysical Transactions 20 (2001), 659
4. R. Jurdana-Šepić, U. Munari: Digging the Asiago plate archive for symbiotic stars. In ``Symbiotic stars probing stellar evolution'', Eds. R. L. M. Corradi, J. Mikolajewska, and T. J. Mahoney, ASP Conference series, 303 (2003),77.
5. R.Jurdana-Šepić, D.Kotnik-Karuza, Z. Majlinger, Y.V.Pavlenko, Temperatures in the atmosphere of the cool component of CH Cygni. In 'Spectroscopically and Spatially Resolving the Components of Close Binary Stars' Eds. R.W. Hilditch, H. Hensberge and K. Pavlovski, ASP Conference series, 318 (2004), 371
6. R. Jurdana-Šepić, U. Munari, Plate archive search for the progenitor of Nova Cygni 2006, Information Bulletin of Variable Stars, 5738 (2006), 1
7. R. Brajša, A. O. Benz, M. Temmer, R. Jurdana-Šepić, B. Šaina, H. Wohl, V.Ruždjak, On the visibility of coronal holes in microwaves, Central European Astrophysical Bulletin, 31 (2007), 219
8. R. Jurdana-Šepić, U. Munari, Plate archive photometry of the progenitors of Nova Cyg 2008 N.2. and Nova Sgr 2008, Information Bulletin of Variable Stars, 5839 (2008), 1
9. R. Jurdana-Šepić, R. Brajša, B. Šaina, H. Wohl, Measurements of the He I 1083 nm line on the Sun in the years 1993 and 1995, Central European Astrophysical Bulletin 33 (2009) 1, 337-358

10.  I. Poljančić, R. Brajša, D. Ruždjak, D. Hržina, R. Jurdana-Šepić, H. Wöhl, W. Otruba, A comparison of sunspot position measurements from different data sets, Sun and Geosphere 5 (2010) 2, 52-57
11. S. Rukavina, M. Žuvić-Butorac, J. Ledić, B. Milotić, R. Jurdana-Šepić,  Developing positive attitude towards science and mathematics through motivational classroom experiences,  Science Education International, Vol.23, No.1 (2012) 6-19


Astrophysics  (symbiotic stars, M type stars, cataclismic variables, archive photometry, solar physics)
Educational physics (conceptual understanding,  experiments in classrom and e- environment)
Science popularisation 


1989, Shipyard  «3. maj» Rijeka, CAD/CAM center
From 1990. University of Rijeka (Faculty of Education, Faculty of arts and sciences, Physics department)
Vicedean of accademic affaires, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 2004.-2008.
Head of Department of Physics, 2014. -