DR. ANDREW S. FRIEDMAN
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Short Biography
   I am a National Science Foundation Science, Technology and Society (STS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP). I am working with MIT Physics Department Faculty, including Professors David Kaiser and Alan Guth, in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society and the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP). My research interests include observational astronomy, cosmology, and the interface between astrophysics and the philosophy of science, specifically the philosophy of cosmology.

     A reasonably up to date list of my publications is here or on NASA/ADS.

     Some of the projects I've worked on are here.

   Before coming to MIT, I completed a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy in May 2012. My PhD thesis project with Professor Robert Kirshner is on Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae. Type Ia Supernovae can be used as standardizable candles for cosmology to measure the expansion history of the universe and constrain the mysterious dark energy thought to be causing the acceleration of cosmic expansion. The supernova aspect of the project uses infrared data obtained with the fully robotic 1.3 meter Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Arizona (P.I. Professor Joshua Bloom, UC Berkeley). My previous work with Professor Ramesh Narayan and Professor Joshua Bloom focused on testing the potential applications of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) for cosmology by studying GRB spectra and energetics. My work has been supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship, where I collaborated with researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, including Dr. Neil Gehrels, the Principal Investigator of the NASA Swift Satellite, a space experiment that studies both GRBs and supernovae.

Postdoctoral Research - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
       Testing Bell's Inequality with Cosmic Photons:
            Closing the Settings-Independence Loophole
       The Shared Causal Pasts and Futures of Cosmological Events
        Past Light Cone Intersection Movies


Ph.D. Research - Harvard University
       Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae
        PAIRITEL Supernova Project
        PAIRITEL Website

A.M. Research - Harvard University
       Gamma-Ray Burst Energetics and Cosmology

Undergraduate Research - University of California, Berkeley
       Supernova Discoveries Page, The Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS)
        IAU Circulars, Senior Thesis, Astro Labs, Andy's Cheat Sheets
        Berkeley Scientific Journal Graphics, Berkeley Scientific Journal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harvard University Astronomy Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory UC Berkeley Astronomy NSF Graduate Research Fellowship NASA Graduate Student Research Program Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) NASA Swift Satellite
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 3/2014

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant # 1056580 through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT.

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