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I am a physicist with a wide range of interests. My original training was in theoretical particle physics, but some of my research has overlapped with cosmology, solid state physics (superconductivity) and even the behavior of DNA molecules. Although I started out as a theorist, I believe strongly in the primacy of experiment over theory. I have been fortunate enough to have worked, albeit briefly, on several major physics experiments, including the DØ experiment at Fermilab, the ATLAS experiment at CERN, and most recently, LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
But right now, since August 2009, I am a stay-at-home dad, taking care of our daughter Amanda, who was born 14 weeks premature. In addition to regular baby things, we've had lots of doctor appointments and therapy sessions through the Early Intervention program. The good news is that she is fine and developing like a normal baby, and should "graduate" from therapy soon.
I would go nuts staying at home without some kind of technical project to keep me busy, even if I can only work on it during nap time. So I've taught myself how to create Apps for my iPhone and my wife's iPad. My first app, called Little Doodles, was published in the iTunes App Store in late November 2010. That was followed by Please Take My Picture, which lets you ask someone to take your picture in any of more than 13 languages. I have several more apps in preparation, and ideas for more to follow.
In 2004/2005, as a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, I was part of the team which set up a distributed computing system called Einstein@Home which uses spare computing cycles on your home or office computer to search through LIGO data for evidence of gravitational waves from periodic sources, all while displaying a nifty screensaver. I hope you will consider installing the BOINC software that makes this work and contributing your own spare computer time to the project. It's very easy.(While LIGO has not yet detected gravitational waves, Einstein@Home has also been searching through radio data from the Arecibo observatory, which has resulted in the "re-discovery " of over 100 known radio pulsars, and the discovery of 10 new radio pulsars never before detected. I was not involved with this part of the project, but I'm proud of the progress it's made since I helped get it started.)
From 2005 to 2009 I worked on a science education project called Interactions in Understanding the Universe, which will allow high school teachers and their students to access LIGO environmental data (from seismometers, magnetometers and weather stations) and to use these data for inquiry-based investigations called "e-Labs". This is part of a larger collaboration between physics labs and experimental collbarorations which use Grid computing, with the overall goal of making Grid tools and resources available for education and outreach in addition to their use for research.
From 2000 to 2002 I worked as a research physicist at the University of Michigan on a variety of projects. I contributed to the development of a calibration database for the pre-shower detectors for the DØ experiment at Fermilab. I worked on networking projects for the ATLAS experiment at CERN. And I worked on the Web Lecture Archive Project, which recorded physics lectures and technical training courses for distribution via the web.
Over the years I've created a number of web pages for computer help which you might find helpful.
I am co-author of TeXsis - a collection of TeX macros for physicists.
- Distributed Data and Grid Computing for Inquiry-based Science Education and Outreach ( 29 August 2008 ) Talk given at "BOINC in Research, Science, and Education," the First East Coast BOINC Meeting, at the University of Delaware.
- Einstein@Home: Searching for Ripples in Space-Time with Your Home Computer ( 11 April 2008 ) Lecture given to the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.
- WLAP: the Web Lecture Archive Project - Prepared for the Teaching with Technology Forum for 2004 at Vassar College.
NotesI do not have a blog, but sometimes I post notes for my friends to Facebook, and these are generally readable by anybody (who has a Facebook account, not just my "friends"). I also have a few old notes pages that you may (or may not) find interesting:
At some point I'll have to figure out how to get stuff like this out for easier access. Some day...
- My device to plug the pipe is better than I thought - Thursday, June 10, 2010
- My device to plug the pipe, and why it will fail - Wednesday, June 2, 2010
- Could that balloon really carry a 6 year old? - Friday, October 16, 2009
- Estimating death rates from influenza in Mexico II - Friday, May 1, 2009
- Estimating death rates from influenza in Mexico - Thursday, April 30, 2009
- We saw (and heard) the space shuttle go by - Wednesday, March 11, 2009
- An Interesting Flying Illusion - 1997
Explaining something about waves on an Oregon beach.
Teaching and Physics EducationI have taught physics -- and sometimes math and computing -- at Yale, St. Louis University, Vassar College, the University of Michigan, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Marist College.
Some of the teaching materials I've prepared over the years which others might find useful include:
- Notes on
- Graduate School and the Physics GRE
- Physics koans and the Origami answer cards
- Fortran and Unix for Physics and Astronomy
BOINCAs a part of my work on creating Einstein@Home I set up a test project using the same BOINC software, called Pirates@Home After serving admirably as a test platform, the project was shut down at the end of June 2005. It was later brought back when it was deemed useful for further testing and software development for I2U2. Right now the project is running silent again, but I'm hoping to put it to good use for a new mission in the near future.
PGP KeysHere is my PGP key. You can use this to send me private, encryted e-mail which only I can read, or you can use it to verify that a digitally signed document is signed by me rather than someone else. You can verify that the keys on that page are the correct keys by comparing to this fingerprint:PGP Key #6E2D2259/RSA: BA39 1D46 5EC3 0D59 C2AC 6FCB F920 4DC8 PGP Key #E519EAC3/DSS: D15B 9A50 B1ED 2947 EC29 B0F6 EA61 FB6E E519 EAC3
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