for Gravitational Wave Astronomy to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
festivals are designed to engage the community through inspiring celebrations
of the fascinating world of science and technology,” said Dr. Joey Shapiro Key,
Director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Gravitational Wave
Astronomy. “The community is invited to participate in fun events and interact
with scientists and engineers showcasing art and science collaborations and
innovative ways to communicate science topics. We want everyone to have access
to the exciting science work that is happening right here in our community.”
Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy was developed in 2003 with a $6 million
grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The National
Science Foundation awarded a $5 million Centers of Research Excellence in
Science and Technology grant to continue the center’s mission from November
2012 to October 2017.
grants under the umbrella of the center have helped expand the department by
financially supporting the recruitment of highly qualified faculty members from
fast growing areas of the discipline,” said Dr. Soma Mukherjee, Associate
Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of
Science, Mathematics and Technology. “This, in turn, has helped recruit
high quality students who have in many ways increased the visibility of UTB.
CGWA’s multi-faced initiatives have made us one of the leaders in gravitational
wave astronomy in the state and in the nation.”
its founding the center has generated more than $30 million in federal funding
through faculty members and grants. The center generates at least 50
publications in international refereed journals a year. The center supports 13
faculty members, seven doctoral students, 20 master’s degree students and 11
are immensely grateful that an entity like the CGWA has existed,” said
Mukherjee. “The center ushers in tremendous leverage by promoting gravitational
wave and related research in a systematic and coordinated manner.”
celebration will include music, food, remarks from university and
administrators along with Dr. Peter R.
Department Chair and Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics at Syracuse
University and Dr. Gabriela
Professor of Physics at Louisiana State University; UTB’s Society of Physics
Students performing a Physics Circus and solar
observing at the Nompuewenu Observatory.
Castillo, a graduate student in physics from Los Fresnos, has created in past
Physics Circus performances a fire tornado at least 10 feet tall using blowers,
flammable liquid and a large metal tub to show oxygen’s interaction.
love science and want to share our passion with the future generations of
mankind,” said Castillo. “We aim to excite everyone of all ages about science.
The next Einstein may well be among us! We go out to schools upon request and
perform large scale physics demonstrations.”
more information on the event contact the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy