Physics is the reason I'm currently living in Gainesville.  I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida, planning on graduating with my Ph.D. in the early part of 2006.  My Ph.D. supervisor is Dr. Jim Fry, who's been a fantastic advisor for me, in the field of theoretical cosmology.  I have also worked on observational cosmology recently with Dr. Rafael Guzman, an astronomy professor here at UF.  I assure you that *graduate school* is more enjoyable than advertised.

RESEARCH:  My research with Jim is primarily on the "Cosmological Consequences of a Charge Asymmetry", which looks to be leading to my dissertation.  I passed my oral and written qualifying exams in March of 2004 on this topic, which was approved by my committee.  So far, I have three published papers in refereed journals, which are, respectively:
You can view my papers at NASA's ADS database, the preprint database, or Spires' HEP database.  Other areas I'm currently researching are Inflation, Primordial Magnetic Fields, Active Galactic Nuclei, and Cosmological Perturbation Theory, and I have experience using the Volker Springel's program GADGET and in using and editing Seljak & Zaldariagga's CMBFast and Ed Bertschinger's COSMICS.  (The COSMICS link is down as of August 25).

Conferences:  One of the most enjoyable parts of becoming an academic is the opportunity for travel.  I have attended the following meetings/conference/summer schools, and have linked to the work I presented, if applicable, in the table below:
January 2004
American Astronomical Society's winter meeting; Atlanta, GA
Poster on Precision Cosmology from High-Redshift Galaxies
July 2004
Enrico Fermi School of Physics on Intracluster Cosmology and Background Microwave Radiation; Varenna, Italy

August 2004
XXV International Conference on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics; Cocoyoc, Mexico
Poster on Group Theory Predictions of Black Holes in Astrophysical Systems
April 2005
American Physical Society's April Meeting; Tampa, FL
Parallel Talk on a Thermal Graviton Background from Extra Dimensions (Slides Available here)
June 2005
59th Yamada Conference on the Inflating Horizon of Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics; Tokyo, Japan Talk and Poster on the Effects of Inhomogeneities on Cosmic Expansion (Proceedings available here)
July 2005
Santa Fe 2005 Cosmology Summer Workshop; Santa Fe, NM
Talk on the Effects of Inhomogeneities on Cosmic Expansion
I will also be giving the astrophysics seminar at UC Berkeley on October 18th, and will be presenting a parallel talk at the SESAPS 2005 meeting on November 10-12th in Gainesville, FL.

Coursework: I've been a graduate student here since 2001, where I've taken graduate-level courses in E&M (I & II), Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics (I & II), Particle Physics (I & II), Quantum Field Theory (I & II), General Relativity (I & II), Observational Cosmology, and The Early Universe.  I've also made an effort to learn, on my own and by auditing courses, some basics of the Standard Model (I & II), Group Theory (I & II), Functional Integration, and of course, all aspects of cosmology.  I have also been a part of the Active Galactic Nuclei lunch group, the Astrophysics Journal Club, a student-run study group on dark matter, and the Theoretical Astrophysics lunchtime seminars.

Grad Involvement: I have created a guide for physics graduate students at UF.  This is my (unsanctioned) advice on  how to get on track and stay on the right track towards your Ph.D; it is especially useful for 1st year students.  I have become the lone student representative on GSAC (the committee that deals with graduate student issues); we have been fighting to revoke the pay cuts TAs take after their first years, increase student travel funding, and increase the quality and number of advanced graduate courses offered. If you have any questions or problems as a graduate student at UF, you should contact me, as I exist in this capacity to serve your interests.  Also, for some general information relevant to UF graduate students, this page answers frequently asked questions about the graduate school.  Furthermore, if you are looking for a job, Garrett Oakley from Chemistry has designed a presentation with tips for finding a job, and if you are writing your dissertation, Filippos Klironomos has provided his dissertation template.

Teaching/History: While at the University of Florida, I have been a TA for Physics II (E&M with calculus), a co-lecturer for physics 2020 (for non-majors), and an introductory physics tutor.  I currently TA the course PHY2048 (Physics I with calculus).  My sections' webpage is here
Before I came to Florida, I was a High School Physics teacher in Los Angeles at King-Drew Medical Magnet High School (2000-2001). From 1996-2000 I was an undergraduate at Northwestern University, and had an old homepage which is currently on display here.  I was a part of the Integrated Science Program, and graduated in June of 2000 with a triple major in Integrated Sciences, Physics, and Classics.  (Yes, Classics, like Ancient Greek and Latin.)

You may contact me at --, for more information about physics, my interests, my webpage, or any other reason.

Among my non-physics interests are:

Links of possible usefulness:
Thanks to Jim Fry for teaching and advising me so well, to all the UF physics and astronomy professors for getting me to this point, to my friends for supporting me along the way, and to google, for inspiring me to put as little garbage on this page as possible, unlike my old page.  
Last updated August 29, 2005.