On December 5th UWiP members had the chance to tour Dr. Keating’s astrophysics lab on campus. Brian Keating’s labs researches the cosmic microwave background and were recently recognized for detecting b-mode patterns that support the existence of gravitational waves. You can read about that discovery here (http://ucsdguardian.org/2014/11/12/ucsd-researchers-collect-cosmic-microwave-data/) and you can read more on Professor Keating’s researchhere: http://physics.ucsd.edu/~bkeating/
Brian Keating and his wife are proud supporters of UWiP, and recently made a very generous donation to the UCSD UWiP Program. We are very excited to have him as a supporter and to have had the opportunity to tour his lab.
On November 21st UWiP members were able to tour Dr. Surko’s positron lab on campus. The Surko group works with positrons, experimenting with annihilation, positron trapping, and positron cooling. If you would like to read more on Professor Clifford Surko’s research, check out his website here: http://www-physics.ucsd.edu/research/surkogroup/index.html
On November 14th, UWiP members had the opportunity to hear a research presentation by Tom Murphy, an astrophysics professor here at UCSD who works on an ultra-precise test of General Relativity using the technique of lunar laser ranging (basically, he shoots lasers at the moon for science!). If you would like to learn more about his research, check out his website here: