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Jocelyn Sen NewmanSenator Josh Newman presents Professor Jocelyn Read with a California Senate recognition of her accomplishments.

Jocelyn Read has been named Woman of the Year in Science and Technology in 2017 for California's 29th Senate District by California State Senator Josh Newman (See the full press release in Voice of OC).

Senator Newman welcomed Jocelyn at his Brea offices on Friday, April 21st, presenting her with a California Senate Resolution and speaking with her about her role in the gravitational-wave discovery. CSU Fullerton Master's student Torrey Cullen (who is currently writing a reserach article together with Jocelyn), as well as professors Josh Smith and Geoffrey Lovelace accompanied Jocelyn (as her cheering section). During the visit, the CSUF contingent also had the opportunity to talk about black holes with District Representative Katerina Ioannides. 

Jocelyn, an Assistant Professor in California State University Fullerton's Department of Physics, is an astrophysicist and a world's expert on extreme stellar objects called neutron stars and the gravitational-wave signatures they produce. She leads a team of student researchers in CSUF's Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) and in 2016 she contributed to the first direct detection of gravitational waves, a phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years earlier (read more). She is also the Principal Investigator of the $1M NSF Partnerships In Astronomy and Astrophysics Research award that is helping to train the next generation of gravitational-wave scientists.

Jocelyn, you are an outstanding teacher, mentor, and researcher. Congratulations on this award from the other members of GWPAC!