DSU presents “Listening to the Cosmos”

The sound of colliding black holes. The hum of the early universe. Dakota State University announces a special opportunity to hear the sounds of space with “Listening to Katethe Cosmos: The Search for Einstein’s Gravitational Waves” by Dr. Kate Dooley on Friday, October 25at 12:00 pm in the Science Center Auditorium on campus.

The hour long presentation will introduce Einstein’s concept of gravitational waves –ripples in the force of gravity – and tell us why we believe his theory is right. Dooley will talk about what the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is, how scientists detect gravitational waves, and give a virtual tour of these observatories world-wide.  The presentation is designed for general knowledge audiences and everyone is invited to attend!

Dooley is a postdoctoral researcher at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, Germany. Originally form New York state, she graduated from Vassar College in 2006 and earned her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Florida in 2011. During grad school, she lived in Louisiana to carry out research at one of the two LIGO sites in the United States. Her current professional interests are in improving the gravitational wave detector technology through the cutting-edge use of quantum optics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling learning new languages, and visiting her grandparents in Ramona, S.D.

Last Updated: 10/16/13