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
who's been a fantastic advisor for me, in the field of theoretical
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.
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,
You can view my
papers at NASA's
ADS database, the arXiv.org
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
COSMICS link is down as of August 25).
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
I will also be giving the astrophysics
seminar at UC Berkeley
on October 18th, and will be presenting a
parallel talk at the SESAPS
on November 10-12th in Gainesville, FL.
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 &
Observational Cosmology, and The Early Universe. I've also made
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.
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
I exist in this capacity to serve your interests. Also, for some
general information relevant to
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
, and if you are writing your dissertation, Filippos
Klironomos has provided his dissertation
at the University of Florida, I have been a TA for Physics II (E&M
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 -- email@example.com,
for more information about physics, my interests, my webpage, or any
non-physics interests are:
- Swing Dancing and lindy hop --
my grandfather has been doing it for over 60 years, and now I do it,
too. See how much fun it is? I'm
not as awful at it as you'd expect, either. :)
- Halloween! Scary, scary,
scary... not for the faint of heart! But, definitely the best hidden corner
of the entire UF website...
- Playing hockey.
Wayne, Jon and I currently
at the courts
on campus. We used to play here. (Update --
after some... unpleasantness... we no longer play there.) My
favorite NHL team is the New
York Islanders. (At least, it was, when there was an NHL;
we'll see how things go after the lockout.)
- Working out. I go to the gym
to 4 times a week, bike often, and play the aforementioned hockey.
There's also rock wall climbing, which I am in
the news for. Keeping your body healthy helps your mind
perform at its best, plus it's fun.
guitar (classical, acoustic, and electric) and piano. Again, a
- Making enemies with a certain MONKEY! You can go
to his page or just see
his picture (the safer option).
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,
my friends for supporting me along the way, and to google, for
me to put as little garbage on this page as possible, unlike
my old page.
Last updated August 29, 2005.