Physics News Conference

This Thursday, February 11, the National Science Foundation brings together scientists from Caltech, MIT, and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for a status report on the effort to detect gravitational waves using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). Everyone is invited to join our Google Hangouts On Air stream while we follow the press conference and collect your questions to be answered by specialists directly after the Washington event. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einsteinís prediction of the existence of gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of spacetime. With interest in this topic piqued by the centennial, we will discuss scientists' ongoing efforts to observe and measure cosmic gravitational waves for scientific research.

UF LIGO has been an essential partner with scientists around the world in building the LIGO detectors and in analysis of data from them since 1996. There is a 10:30 press conference in Washington which will be streamed in the Physics building lobby and in our 2205 conference room. A news conference with the University of Florida LIGO team members will follow, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Press Announcement

Dr. Steven Detweiler

It is with deep sadness that the Physics Department announces the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Steven Detweiler. Steve joined the Physics Department as an Associate Professor in 1982 and was promoted to Professor in 1987. He made significant contributions in all the main areas of the department's mission: his research on gravitational physics was recognized by election to a fellowship of the American Physical Society, his enthusiastic and committed teaching earned him Physics Teacher of the Year honors, and he provided sterling service both to the department (as Associate Chair, among other roles) and the profession (through leadership and editorial board positions in the APS). He was always a warm colleague and a fountain of common sense. This news has come as a great shock to the department and everyone who knew Steve as a friend, co-worker, or teacher. Our thoughts go out to his family.


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