“Here’s some stuff I like. Here’s some stuff I don’t like so much.”
Hello there. I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of my credentials, just so you know that I’m not some random loon jabbering about physics as I dreamed it last night. I delayed doing this, I kinda hate it, but I understand you need to know I’m legit. (Not to toot my own horn, but here we go… toot, toot.)
Here’s the deal: I studied physics at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, primarily, but also spent a year at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and had a summer research fellowship at Caltech in Pasadena, California. While at Smith, I worked with Gary Felder on several cosmology research projects, including one on the string theory landscape and one on gravitational waves (which produced a paper). I graduated with honors in physics, and a minor in astrophysics (with Suzan Edwards). (My honors thesis was entitled, “Study of Non-minimally Coupled Inflation of the Early Universe Using Phase Portraits and Poincare Maps.”)
While in college I tutored just about non-stop, both for Smith College and privately. I found that in explaining physics my own understanding deepened and expanded, and I enjoyed nothing more than helping students learn new concepts they never thought they could grasp. Man, I loved teaching physics — still do! which is why I have this blog, really…
Currently, I am living and working in Washington, DC. I’m spending my intervening years between undergrad and graduate school doing something completely different, which has taught me an important lesson: never ignore your passions. Indeed, I’m missing my physics-centric life pretty terribly. So, without further blather, it’s time to get back on that wagon!
P.S. Questions? Concerns? You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org