Aspen Center for Physics

Patty Fox

Jacob Bourjaily is a theoretical physicist at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Jacob completed his PhD in 2011 at Princeton Unviersity after which he spent three years at Harvard University as a Junior Fellow. The primary focus of Jacob's research is quantum field theory: connecting theory to experiment. Here, he explains why predictions made using quantum theory are often surprisingly simple in form.

Patty Fox

Ibrahim Bah is Assistant Professor of Physics at Johns Hopkins University. His general research interest is in theoretical high-energy physics and cosmology exploring the relations between quantum field theories, string theory and gravity via the framework of holography. He’s also interested in fundamental aspects of black holes and their role in nature, all part of a larger research program in high-energy physics whose main goal is to understand a quantum theory of gravity.

Lucas Turner

This membership drive, KDNK wants to hear from you! Please consider joining us at one of many outreach events throughout the Roaring Fork Valley this month. We will be renewing and adding members with all of the newest schwag, including t-shirts with News Director Lucas Turner's featured logo design.

Patty Fox

After postdoctoral work, Wolfgang Ketterle joined the physics faculty at MIT where he is now the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics. He does experimental research in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy and focuses currently on Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute atomic gases.

Wednesday Community Calendar

Jan 8, 2020
Brandeis University

Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, January 8, underwritten by Basalt Regional Library, a safe and welcoming space providing access to tools, programs, and information that nurture lifelong learning. For the list of today's events, like Gulliver’s Travels in Biology with Jané Kondev of Brandeis University, click on the headline...

Patty Fox

Aparna Baskaran, Associate Professor of Physics at Brandeis University, studies the dynamics of soft materials far from equilibrium. She is presently focused on understanding active materials such as self-propelled colloids and in vitro cytoskeletal filament systems, field and shear driven colloids and granular materials.

Aspen Center for Physics

Flip Tanedo is an assistant professor of theoretical physics at the University of California, Riverside where he is known for being covered in chalk dust after a long day’s work. His goal is to figure out what dark matter is and how it fits into our understanding of fundamental science. Flip grew up in Los Angeles and fell in love with physics after reading The Physics of Star Trek. This carried into degrees in mathematics and physics at Stanford, Cambridge, and Durham, a Ph.D at Cornell and a postdoc at UC Irvine.

Aspen Center for Physics

Dr. Katherine Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies cosmology and teaches at North Carolina State University. She speaks with Aspen High School's Maxine Mellin and Lander Greenway about dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings and the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

Aspen Center for Physics

Dr. Jim Halverson is an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University and applies his background in computation and math to study the interface between particle physics, string theory and cosmology. Interviewing him are Sharmila Day and Maxine Mellin.

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.

Patty Fox


On this month's edition of Radio Physics, we hear from Smitha Vishveshwara, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Smitha is bringing physics and the arts together with a focus on her two favorite subjects, the quantum world and the cosmos.


Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday,March 13th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine on the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale offering Cerveza Sopris Mexican Lager in partnership with Roaring Fork Beer Company.  For a list of today's events like CORE and KDNK presenting Future Energy: a technologist, a climate scientist, and an artist walk into a bar follow the headline...

Patty Fox

On this month's edition of Radio Physics, we talk with Marta Łuksza, Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, New York. She's developed models to predict the evolution of influenza virus.

Aspen Science Center

Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, February 6th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine on the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale offering Cerveza Sopris Mexican Lager offered in partnership with Roaring Fork Beer Company. For a list of today's events like Physics Cafe and Lecture at the Wheeler presenting Quantum Dances follow the headline...

Patty Fox

Kevin Flaherty works for the Williams Astronomy and Physics departments as the observatory manager and astronomy lab instructor. In his research career, he has focused on the structure of gas and dust surrounding young stars, and how planets form out of this material. He is also interested in making astronomy a more inclusive environment and in bringing astronomy to others through outreach in the community.

Radio Physics is a collaboration with the Aspen Center for Physics, KDNK Radio, and advanced physics students at Roaring Fork Valley High School. This interview was recorded earlier in 2018 during the teen summer program.

Fiona Burnell is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Minnesota where she researches condensed matter physics — that is, how materials behave at very low temperatures, in regimes where quantum mechanics plays an important role in determining their properties.  Her current focus is on using mathematics to understand new types of properties that materials could have, and helping to understand how to create new materials with these properties.

Lucy Colwell is a fellow and chemist at Clare College, Cambridge. She completed a BA in mathematics at Cambridge and PhD in applied mathematics at Harvard followed by membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

Sonia Paban

Sonia Paban is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the fundamental physics of the early universe, a period known as cosmic inflation. Sonia’s research seeks to understand how likely it was for the universe to enter this period of exponential expansion. She is also interested in which detailed particle physics mechanisms are both compatible with the observations and with String Theory.

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.   

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.

Symmetry Magazine

Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, March 28th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale.  For a list of today's events like the physics lecture We Have No Idea: An Exploration of the Unanswered Questions About Our Universe follow the headline...

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.