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Dan Stinebring Takes Eight Students to a Conference at the Arecibo Observatory

March 21, 2011

Federighi Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dan Stinebring is attending a meeting at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and he has taken eight Oberlin students with him. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the meeting, “Twenty Decades of Pulsar Discovery” (March 20 to 22) celebrates the accomplishments of five scientists who have revolutionized our understanding of pulsars—and their uses—over the last four decades.

Stinebring is one of three co-organizers of the meeting and will be giving a talk, "Following the leaders; and an intriguing new technique." He and the students will also be presenting two posters on their research. Seven of the students are working with Stinebring and his NANOGrav colleagues to try and detect gravitational waves with pulsars. Those students are juniors Willie Kunert and Alex Spatzier; sophomore Mikaela Larkin; and first years Elizabeth Garbee, Kara Kundert, Benjamin Lemberger, and Jocienne Nelson. In addition, videographer Harry Israelson, a senior, is accompanying the group to record parts of the event and interview some of the participants, including Nobel laureate Joe Taylor (Princeton, emeritus).