GWPAC opens in grand style with Gabriela Gonzalez and Kip Thorne keynotes Sept 28.

Josh welcomes everyoneJosh welcomes everyone

A good crowd of students, department alumini and friends, faculty and emeriti, joined GWPAC director Josh Smith and our new department and center colleagues Jocelyn Read and Geoffrey Lovelace for the gala event.

Gabriela Gonzalez is Professor of Physics, Lousiana State University and LIGO Collaboration spokesperson, and Kip Thorne is the Feynman Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at Caltech.

The keynote scientific presentations by Gabriela Gonzalez and Kip Thorne were introduced by Bob Koch, Acting Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and followed by a reception and a student poster session of ongoing GWPAC research.

We also had a strong showing of LIGO leadership including David Reitze, Professor of Physics, University of Florida and Principal Investigator and Director of LIGO Laboratory, Albert Lazzarini, Deputy Director LIGO Laboratory, Alan Weinstein, Professor of Physics, Caltech, and Duncan Brown, Professor of Physics, Syracuse University.

Professor Gonzalez met with the Physics Club and longtime department supporter Dan Black before the event to describe summer-research and graduate-study opportunities around the globe across the LIGO community.

CSUF News editor Debra Cano Ramos attended and is preparing a follow-on article on the students involved in GWPAC research. The Daily Titan science editor David Hood also attended and his article ran on the front page of the paper Tuesday Oct 2. A follow-up story featuring the GWPAC faculty ran Tuesday Oct 9.

We much appreciate the support of Dean Koch and the College of NSM and especially our director of development Camille Harper for helping us to organize this event. Thanks Shovit for another terrific set of photos!

Thanks to everyone for attending and making this a memorable gathering! 

Gabriela Gonzalez keynoteGabriela Gonzalez keynote

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Duncan Brown, Syracuse, and David Bowman, Chair of Geology CSUFDuncan Brown, Syracuse, and David Bowman, Chair of Geology CSUF

Student Fabian Magna-Sandoval describes his LIGO research to Albert LazzariniStudent Fabian Magna-Sandoval describes his LIGO research to Albert Lazzarini

Students Gaby Serna and Veronica Lockett-Ruiz Sissi Li and JocelynStudents Gaby Serna and Veronica Lockett-Ruiz Sissi Li and Jocelyn

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