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Center Researchers present their Research at the 13th International LISA Symposium

The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology has researchers presenting at the 13th International LISA Symposium virtually, on September 1-3, 2020.  

The Symposium features a program dedicated to gravitational wave astrophysics, with particular emphasis on sources that can be observed in the millihertz band by the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the current status and unique challenges in gravitational theory and analysis for LISA sources, and the latest updates on the development of the LISA mission.

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Malcolm LaRose will Step into New Research in Graduate School at RIT

Malcolm LaRose, a graduate of WVU Astronomy and Physics, will be stepping into a new level research in graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the School of Physics and Astronomy in Rochester, New York.   

He is a recent graduate of WVU with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a minor in Geology.  He explored many options early in his undergraduate career and ended up choosing physics with an end goal of studying astronomy.  His advisor, Dr. Maura McLaughlin, guided him through pulsar research and allowed him to explore multiple fields of study.  “I was very grateful for doing pulsar research with Dr. McLaughlin, as it gave me a flavor for cutting edge astronomy research and helped me develop a lot of professional skills that will be useful in my (future!) career.”

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Dustin "Dusty" Madison was named one of 13 Cottrell Fellows across the nation

WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy Postdoctoral Researcher, Dustin "Dusty" Madison, was named one of 13 Cottrell Fellows across the nation by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). The award, which is also co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), of up to $75,000 for salary, benefits, and research-related expenses includes an expectation for continued pedagogical training for the postdocs in supportive environments. 

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Jacob Cardinal Tremblay chosen for a Research Fellowship with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto

Jacob Cardinal Tremblay, a senior Physics and Astronomy major at WVU, was chosen for a fellowship with the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.  During his internship, he worked closely with Dr. Cherry Ng and Dr. James McKee on dispersion measure variations in NANOGrav pulsars using data from CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment). 

Jacob Cardinal Tremblay in front of CHIME Telescope

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Student Discovers Passion for Astrophysics after attending the Pulsar Search Collaboratory

“When I first heard about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, (PSC) I knew that I had found something incredibly special. I was able to analyze raw data that no one had ever seen before. Searching for such fascinating stars confirmed that I want to be an astrophysicist. I found my passion.”-Katherine

Katherine is a mentor in the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC), mentoring the next generation of pulsar hunters. 

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Newest Publication from Caitlin Witt in collaboration with NANOGrav

Caitlin Witt, a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy at WVU, recently had her research published in The Astrophysical Journal.  

The publication titled “Multi-Messenger Gravitational Wave Searches with Pulsar Timing Arrays: Application to 3C66B Using the NANOGrav 11-year Data Set” is in collaboration with the NANOGrav Physics Frontier Center. The NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) Physics Frontiers Center is a collaboration of scientists working to detect and study very low frequency (about nanohertz) gravitational waves. 

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