Why this year’s solar eclipse is great for scientists and the start of something even greater

Excerpt of my op-ed in the Huffington Post Image credit: National Solar Observatory/AURA/NSF We are always looking at a bigger picture and how we can increase what we know about our universe. In 2020, one of our agency’s biggest undertakings will come to fruition as the NSF Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) comes online … Continue reading Why this year’s solar eclipse is great for scientists and the start of something even greater

2017 SciTech Forum and Exposition

Photo credit: AIAAAs part of the SciTech Forum and Exposition, I had the privilege to present a lecture that memorializes William Durand, a pioneer in the field of aeronautics and the first civilian chair of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics — the forerunner of NASA. Thanks to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics … Continue reading 2017 SciTech Forum and Exposition

International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly

Every year, astronomers from all around the globe gather for a couple of weeks at the IAU General Assembly to discuss their discoveries and observations, and to exchange ideas and challenges facing astronomy. This year the assembly is taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. I had the privilege to give opening remarks this past Tuesday. As … Continue reading International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly

Advanced LIGO Dedication

Yesterday, I represented the National Science Foundation at the dedication of the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.  Advanced LIGO represents a critically important step forward in our continuing effort to understand the extraordinary mysteries of our universe. It gives scientists a highly sophisticated instrument for detecting gravitational waves, which we believe carry with them information … Continue reading Advanced LIGO Dedication