My guest is Eve Vavagiakis, a Provost Diversity Fellow who recently defended her PhD thesis in the Physics Department at Cornell University. She works in Professor Michael Niemack’s experimental cosmology and astrophysics lab. She’s Co-Director of ParticleBites, the high energy physics reader’s digest blog, Co-lead of the Simons Observatory Education and Public Engagement Working Group, has done lots of cool outreach including a book for children on neutrinos.
We talk about how we actually don’t yet know how much space stuff there is, how looking at the cosmic microwave background (CMB) helps us understand galaxy evolution, what information the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) has been giving us, but also what being part of the team building the ultimate telescope is like, or the importance of starting research as an undergrad.
If you want to know more about the data products from ACT that we talk about in the episode, they can be found here: https://lambda.gsfc.nasa.gov/product/act/.
You can follow her on Twitter, @EveVavagiakis.
Our music is “float-and-fly” by goldguardtele.