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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist. I am currently a NSF funded Research Associate in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) and a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. I work on several theoretical and observational cosmology projects, including devising fun experiments that leverage cosmology to help test fundamental physics and observing exploding stars with ground and space based telescopes. Before MIT, I completed a PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and I received my BA in Physics & Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. I am excited to explore a range of fascinating scientific questions through research, science writing, art, animation, public outreach, and working with the science media. For more info, see my Bio, Resume, and CV.
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The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series Vol. 220, Issue 1, id. 9, September 4 2015 (arXiv:1408.0465) (DOI)
Physical Review Letters, Vol. 112, Issue 11, id. 110405, March 18 2014 (arXiv:1310.3288) (DOI)
Physical Review D, Vol. 88, Issue 4, id. 044038, August 21 2013 (arXiv:1305.3943) (DOI)
 
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I was a Science Consultant for NOVA, The Nature of Reality, the physics blog of the PBS television station, WGBH Boston for Greg Kestin's video “4 Multiverses You Might Be Living In”, which discusses the controversial, but seriously discussed, idea of multiple universes in modern cosmology. Charles Q. Choi also wrote an excellent article about the multiverse accompanying the video.
I served as a Science Consultant for the FX television series "Wilfred", starring Elijah Wood. In Wilfred Season 3, Episode 10, "Distance" (Aug 15, 2013), Elijah's character, Ryan, needed to investigate wormholes and time machines for some reason. I was asked to write some text for and mock up this hypothetical website about wormholes. They used parts of my text, made their own images, and here is a photographed screenshot of what actually aired. For more details, see here.
 
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Center for Theoretical Physics Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna University of California, San Diego UCSD Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences Harvard University Astronomy Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics UC Berkeley Astronomy National Science Foundation National Aernautics & Space Administration
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 2/2017

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award #1056580 (2012-2014) through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT and the NSF INSPIRE program via NSF Award #1541160 (2015-2018).

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