The physics professor is among twenty-one North American scholars who have conducted long-term research projects in Germany. As Research Ambassadors, they promote research opportunities in Germany among their American colleagues.
The news that three prominent American scientists had won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in detecting gravitational waves was particularly exciting for Alexa Staley ’11. As a grad student Columbia she worked at the Laser-Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory, known as LIGO, which in 2015 detected gravitational waves for the first time.
There’s renewed excitement in the scientific world after advanced measuring equipment picked up signals indicating the collision of two black holes some three billion light years away. The discovery came from researchers at the Laser-Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO), who first detected such waves September 14, 2015.
In January 2017, two Bowdoin physics professors assisted in writing a letter to President Donald Trump (then President-elect) requesting him to undertake climate change as a top priority. Over 700 physics and astronomy professors across the nation signed the letter.