José Luis Cruz: The 'Ripple Effect' of the University's Centers and Institutes

A few weeks ago, I watched with great pride as three of our faculty colleagues — Joshua Smith, Jocelyn Read and Geoffrey Lovelace — gave a press conference on what is being called one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last 50 years: the discovery of gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time.

These faculty members, along with Alfonso Agnew and their teams of talented undergraduate and graduate students, made key contributions to a discovery that not only confirms a major prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity and offers the first-ever observation of two black holes colliding, but also — as Interim Dean for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics David Bowman put it — marks “the birth of an entirely new branch of astronomy.”

In other words, the work done by these extraordinary Titans in the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) will continue to “ripple out” for centuries to come. Continue reading in the Orange County Register

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