LIGO resumes search for gravitational waves

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

After a series of upgrades, the twin detectors of LIGO have turned back on and resumed their search for gravitational waves. LIGO transitioned from engineering test runs to science observations at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30. Read the official LIGO press release here.

American Physical Society Travel Grants

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hector O. Silva was awarded an APS Student Travel Grant from the APS Division of Gravitational Physics to attend the “April” APS Meeting in January, and Caio Macedo was awarded a grant from the APS International Research Travel Award Program to visit the University of Mississippi in the Spring.

Congratulations, Hector and Caio!

Hector O. Silva receives Dissertation Fellowship Award

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hector O. Silva received a 2017 Dissertation Fellowship Award from the Graduate School for the Spring 2017 semester. The purpose of the Fellowship is to relieve students of other university obligations so they can concentrate on completing their dissertation. Congratulations, Hector!

LIGO receives the National Space Club Huntsville Distinguished Science Award

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Since 1988 the National Space Club – Huntsville Chapter has organized the Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner held annually in the Fall of each year. This event recognizes notable achievements within the space community, and proceeds from the event are used by the organization to help support the STEM education efforts of a number of non-profit organizations.

This year the NSC-HSV Board of Directors has selected the LIGO Scientific Collaboration to receive its Distinguished Science Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize a scientist or a science team that has made substantial contributions in research and discoveries that expands knowledge and understanding of space. This particular award was established in 2013, and the past awardees were Chryssa Kouveliotou, Steve Squyres, and the MSL Curiosity Team.

In the photo below, Marco Cavaglia (University of Mississippi) and Tyson Littenberg (NASA/MSFC) receive the award on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration at this year’s Awards Dinner that was held in the Saturn V Hall at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

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Jeremy Sakstein’s visit

Monday, October 31, 2016

Jeremy Sakstein, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, is visiting us this week to give a departmental colloquium, a tutorial on xAct (an add-on package for Mathematica that performs tensor algebra) and a group meeting talk. It will be a busy week - for us and for him. Thanks, Jeremy!