CSUF physicists involved in Nobel-winning research – Orange County Register

The discovery that won the Nobel Prize in Physics for two researchers from Caltech and one from MIT this month is part of a research collaboration that includes Cal State Fullerton’s Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center.

Rainer Weiss of MIT and Caltech’s Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne were honored for the September 2015 observation of the universe’s gravitational waves – predicted by Albert Einstein – created by a collision between two black holes.

CSUF researchers Joshua Smith, Jocelyn Read, Geoffrey Lovelace, Marissa Walker, their students and computation specialist Joseph Areeda contributed significantly to that first discovery and to subsequent gravitational wave detections announced in 2016 and this year.

Smith, associate professor of physics and Dan Black Director of Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy, was one of the primary editors of the journal article published in Physical Review Letters outlining the discovery. Lovelace, associate professor of physics, was Nobel-winner Thorne’s graduate student at Caltech.

“I aspire to follow Kip’s example as I work with my students to help them learn as much as we can from gravitational waves,” Lovelace said.

Students show support for flood victims

Cal State Fullerton students signed a poster to express sympathy and encouragement to students at the University of Houston after Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding in the city in late August.

Some Cal State Fullerton students sent well wishes to the University of Houston after the flooding in the region. (Photo courtesy of University of Houston Student Government Association)

The UH Student Government Association tweeted a response: “Thank you @csuf. We are touched to receive this beautiful poster. We are #HoustonStrong and #CougarStrong – at University of Houston.”

Program helping schoolchildren expands

Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Internships and Community Engagement has expanded its Titan After School…

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