UMass Physics Graduate Student Petite Profile:
Andrews University (southwest Michigan)
Search for rare nuclear decays providing insight into the nature and mass of neutrinos. I work on the EXO-200 collaboration with our detector located in a salt mine in New Mexico. I am also working on building a test-bed cryostat system here at UMass in Andrea Pocar’s Lab.
Your go-to science themed movie and television show:
I have a box set of all the Stargate SG1 and Atlantis seasons and we will count these as scientific because they are awesome. I also have an unhealthy love of crime solving shows like Bones or Castle because of the shiny happy people and because the mystery is always solved in 40 minutes - which unfortunately never happens in my work.
Rammstein, E Nomine, Megaherz, ASP, Oomph!, Eisbrecher, Laibach, Lacrimosa, Samael, Nachtblut, KMFDM, etc.
Just finished “An Anthropologist on Mars” by Oliver Sacks this week. I mostly read on the bus to and from campus. Earlier this year I read “The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus” by John Emsley, and I’m currently reading “A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century” by Barbara W. Tuchman. The last fiction book i read was “Changling Eyes” by L.A. Catron, who happened to go to high school with me and grad school for literature just a few years before I started here - I’m super pleased she’s been published!
In a tree somewhere. Everything seems better when you’re looking down from a gently rocking tree watching birds and insects come and go. Sometimes there’s a book too.
Fun project(s) outside research:
A lot of cooking projects of various sorts - canning apple sauce from the randomly large harvest around my apartment complex last fall, grapes the year before, mint the year before that. Strawberries also happened for a few years. This year might be elderberries, depending if I’m around and they have a good year. Apart from the main project in a year, there’s a lot of other more minor projects.