Listening to the Universe

Katherine Dooley, a University of Mississippi assistant professor of physics and astronomy, worked in collaboration with researchers across the globe to detect gravitational waves in a monumental effort to prove Einstein’s last theory, today she will discuss LIGO and how scientific discoveries are truly a team effort. 

Katherine is from Poughkeepsie, NY where she attended Vassar College, graduating with a B.A. in Physics. She earned her doctorate in Physics from the U. of Florida in 2011 for her contributions to improving the Initial LIGO gravitational-wave detectors. She then moved to Hannover, Germany for a position as a postdoctoral scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational-wave Physics / Albert Einstein Institute where she integrated squeezed light technology to the GEO 600 gravitational-wave detector. After her work in Germany and prior to joining The University of Mississippi in 2015, Kate was a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech. Currently, Kate is active in experimental gravitational-wave research and in teaching physics for physics and engineering majors. 

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