Excerpt of my op-ed published in the U.S. News & World Report.
Last week, was one of my most exhilarating as director for the
National Science Foundation. On the heels of announcing our 2017 budget
request to Congress, I was able to gather researchers that the
foundation funds from around the globe to announce that
foundation-supported researchers at Caltech, MIT and other U.S.
institutions have accomplished something of which Einstein only dreamed.
With funding that started in the 1970s, NSF and the National Science
Board had the vision to underwrite burgeoning gravitational wave
research. A handful of researchers believed they could invent a tool
that would indeed detect those gravitational waves Einstein only
theorized a century ago. Today, we know they were right.
They – along with a league of hundreds of other researchers from
around the world – have detected gravitational waves using the Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, known as LIGO. This
discovery will illuminate what we can learn about merging black holes,
neutron stars and other exotic astronomical phenomena that raise so many
questions about the evolution of our universe.
Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/216TLZY