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GWPAC faculty members Geoffrey Lovelace and Jocelyn Read spent the week of July 30th at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. They were there to attend the KITP conference "Rattle and Shine: Gravitational Wave and Electromagnetic Studies of Compact Binary Mergers." The conference brought together astronomers studying gravitational-wave or electromagnetic (optical, radio, x-ray and gamma-ray) signals, to discuss the inspiral and merger physics of compact binary systems: pairs of neutron stars or black holes that radiate gravitational waves until they collide.

 Geoffrey and Jocelyn in front of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

On Tuesday morning, Geoffrey gave an invited talk on "Numerical Simulations of Binary Black Holes in the Presence of Spins," and on Wednesday morning, Jocelyn gave an invited talk on "Gravitational-wave Astrophysics with Systems Containing Matter." The talks, posters, and extensive discussions brought together experts from diverse fields, sparking new ideas for research at CSUF.

Jocelyn also realized that she had lost whatever bowling skills she may once have had, but eventually managed to hit a pin in an evening game with other conference attendees. Geoffrey was reintroduced to the joy of driving in Los Angeles traffic.