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I am carrying out a program of research and education in cosmology at the University of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium. This project is part of my larger life goal of exploring the big picture, the big questions of the Universe and, just as importantly, sharing that knowledge and perspective on our place in the Universe with others. My research focuses on Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) observations and analysis. While most of my past work has focused on CMB observations in Antarctica, I'm currently studying the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (S-Z) effect, a signature in the CMB from the interaction of CMB photons and the hot x-ray gas associated with galaxy clusters.
At the Adler Planetarium, my goal is to bring cosmology and Antarctic science to the public. To do this I teach night courses, give lectures and create electronic content for my students and the public. I'm also co-authoring an introductory cosmology book, suitable for continuing education or liberal arts students. Check out some of the education materials and links on my website!