Patty Fox

Public Affairs Host
Chris Impey

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and deputy head of the astronomy department at the University of Arizona. His research has been supported by $18 million in grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation, and he has had 24 projects given time on astronomy's premier research facility, the Hubble Space Telescope.

Patty Fox

Professor Sean McWilliams says "As a kid I wanted to go to the stars and be an astronaut. As I got more sophisticated in my thinking, I wanted to understand what we were seeing when we look at stars." Sean is now an assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University.  His work focuses on gravitational-wave astronomy, where he contributes to several current and future observational missions.   

Ajay Gopinathan joined UC Merced just as it opened and served as one of the founding members of the faculty, helping build undergraduate and graduate programs in Physics as well as interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus.

University of Pittsburgh

Brian Batell teaches particle physics at the University of Pittsburgh. For today's episode of Radio Physics he explains dark matter and the Higgs boson.

Bela Bauer, Microsoft

Today's guest is Bela Bauer who works at Station Q, Microsoft's research center located on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. Bela works on the intersection of condensed matter theory and quantum information theory, developing quantum computers and studying time cyrstals.

Salk Institute

Professor Charles F. Stevens is a neurobiologist at the Salk Institute of La Jolla, California. Here he speaks about his work with face and scent recognition in humans and fruit flies and underlying principles of the brain and how it works.

Dr. Randy Hulet

Dr. Randy G. Hulet,  Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, discusses ultra-cold atoms and super conductivity as well as the value of fundamental physics.

Theoretical physicist and professor of physics at Boston University Dr. David Campbell specializes in nonlinear phenomena and condensed matter physics. He joined Matt Popish from Aspen High School and Will Kaufman from Glenwood Springs High School to talk about his work.

Dr. Sebastian Doniach

Dr. Sebastian Doniach is a British-American physicist and professor at Stanford University. For this month's show, he discusses advances in biophysics with local high school students William Kaufman and William Orben.

Wikipedia Commons

Professor Sam Gralla is a theorist working at the interface between physics and astronomy.  He specializes in black holes and neutron stars, whose extreme density makes gravity and electromagnetism behave in strange ways and produce unique emissions, from radio to X-ray to gravitational waves. 

Washington Taylor

Washington Taylor is a professor of physics and director of M.I.T.'s Center for Theoretical Physics. His research takes a look at the fundamentals of theoretical physics related to quantum physics and gravity.

Patty Fox

Are there new fundamental particles beyond the known quarks, leptons and gauge bosons? Are these known particles indeed fundamental? Professor Yael Shadmi from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa discusses particle physics with Ricky Wojcik and Jane Marolt from Aspen High School.

contributed photo

Astrophysicist Dr. Alex Filippenko is addicted to watching total solar eclipses across the globe. He spoke to local high school students for KDNK’s Radio Physics last month. Here is a clip about why he will be inside the Path of Totality next week. The full program is available here.

contributed photo

Dr. Alex Filippenko is addicted to watching total solar eclipses across the globe and is an active researcher of supernovae, active galaxies, black holes, neutron stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cosmology. He talks to local high school students this month about astrophysics and the joy of watching total solar eclipses in person. Don't forget: this year's solar eclipse is on August 21st!

Theoretical physicist Paul Ginsparg is a professor at Cornell University and a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, who created arXiv, a computer-based system for physicists and other scientists to communicate their research results.

Markus Luty is a physicist at University of California/Davis with a focus on theoretical particle physics and cosmology.  His current research is driven by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

Physicist Brian Batell talks dark matter on this month's show.