We will host a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students will work on research projects for 10 weeks this summer, participating in the Gravitational Wave Astronomy Northwest meeting in June and presenting their work at the UWB STEM Student Research Symposium in August.
Find out more on the UWB GWA REU program page.
Congratulations to Wynter Broussard who has been awarded a 2020 Mary Gates Research Award for her exoplanet research with Dr. Rodriguez Hidalgo!
Read more here.
Check out your favorite laser superhero Spectra as she saves the day at LIGO! This collaboration between Spectra creator Becky Thompson and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration was coordinated and funded by the UWB GWA research group. Find all of Spectra’s adventures on the Physics Central website.
Read more from the UWB news article.
The UWB Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) contributes to community engagement including the UWB Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. SPOT trains UWB students to bring space science presentations and activities to local schools, community groups, and education events.
See the SPOT profile in the UWB Community Engagement Annual Report and the UW Bothell Magazine.
A 5-year CAREER award from NSF will support gravitational wave data analysis research, education, and outreach for the UWB Gravitational Wave Astronomy research group.
Read more here.
The American Astronomical Society’s 235th meeting took place January 4-8, at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This meeting was the largest in the history of the AAS, attended by more than 3,500 scientists. Several UWB GWA research faculty and students were in attendance, presenting research and engaging in student outreach.
Christine Ye, a high-school student and member of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, presented a poster on the results of her research, Characterizing RFI in Pulsar Search Data.
Space Public Outreach Team student manager Wynter Broussard, along with Dr. Joey Key, lead groups of middle- and high-school students in a hands-on gravitational wave activity as part of the NANOGrav/LIGO/LISA booth.
To learn more about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, click here. For more information about SPOT, click here.
A new article published by the Young Minds division of Frontiers (an Open Access science publication) explains the significance of the neutron-star merger GW170817, which was observed by both gravitational waves and light in the summer of 2017. The article was written by Dr. Joey Key, and reviewed by Jonah, age 12, from California. You can read the article here, and make sure to share it with the young scientists in your life!
The ABC’s of LIGO, a picture book which introduces an alphabet of terms relating to black holes, gravitational waves, and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, is now available for free download. Hard copies can be purchased at LIGO Hanford Observatory and the Caltech Bookstore, with proceeds going to LIGO’s international teacher program. Written by Amber Strunk, with gorgeous illustrations and layout by Bella Lopez, Hannah Preisinger, and Aurore Simonnet. Learn more about this book here.
Several UWB students from the gravitational wave astronomy research group (in collaboration with the UWB Office of Research) staffed a table at the Pacific Science Center’s Curiosity Expo throughout the weekend of August 17-18. In keeping with the event’s theme of “games,” several laptops were set up with GWA-themed activities that attendees could explore while the students offered explanations of the science behind the activities and answered questions.
Over 5,000 guests attended the high-energy weekend at PacSci, and there are more to come! There are five more Curiosity Expo events scheduled for the coming months; for more information see the Pacific Science Center’s website.
Hannah Preisinger (your humble blogger) has had a researched editorial on the subject of cosmic strings published in UW Bothell’s Campus Research and Observational Writings (CROW), the university’s peer-reviewed research journal. This is the first astronomy-related piece of research that the CROW has published, and has since led to Hannah conducting additional research on cosmic strings via the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.
Read the full paper here or find out more about the CROW here.