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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist, currently a NSF funded Assistant Research Scientist at the UC San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) and a Research Affiliate in the MIT STS Program. I work on several theoretical and observational projects to devise and implement fun experiments that leverage cosmology to test fundamental physics, including novel tests of quantum theory using with astronomical observations, searches for exotic new physics with optical polarization studies of distant galaxies, as well as Infrared and Optical studies of Supernovae with ground and space based telescopes to measure the expansion history of the universe, cosmic acceleration, and dark energy. I enjoy exploring fascinating scientific questions at the intersection between observational astronomy, astrophysics, data analysis, and the philosophy of science through research, science writing, art, animation, public outreach, and science media engagement. For more, see my Bio, Resume, and CV.
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New Cosmic Bell graphic courtesy of 33rd Square

MIT School of Science, Closing the 'Free Will' Loophole
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research, Closing the 'Free Will' Loophole
MIT Media Relations, Closing the 'free will' loophole
EurekAlert, Researchers say distant quasars could close a loophole in quantum mechanics: MIT researchers propose using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem
Space Ref, Researchers Propose Using Distant Quasars to Test Bell's Theorem
Science Daily, Closing the 'free will' loophole: Using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem
Phys.org, Researchers propose using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem
The Daily Galaxy, Our Universe May Be Based on Quantum Phenomena Faster than Speed of Light -MIT Researchers
ECN Magazine, Researchers say distant quasars could close a loophole in quantum mechanics
The Escapist Magazine, Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars
World Science, Distant quasars could close loophole in quantum mechanics
Sci Tech Daily, Researchers Propose Using Distant Quasars to Test Bell's Theorem
Keely Net, Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us
Sci Gogo, Quasars at opposite ends of the Universe could close a loophole in quantum mechanics
ANI News, Quasar study could turn universe's formation theory on its head
Science Springs, Closing the 'free will' loophole
Bright Surf, Researchers say distant quasars could close a loophole in quantum mechanics
Science Blog, Lab equipment may take on a mind of its own to trick scientists
R & D Magazine, Closing the “free will” loophole
Quantum Activist, Closing the 'free will' loophole?
wn.com, Closing the 'free will' loophole (MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Stefan Gruenwald, Scoop.it!, Distant quasars would decide whether quantum entanglement is an illusion.
33rd Square, Experiment Aims To Close Loophole In Quantum Theory, (New Cosmic Bell graphic!)
Physics Central, physics buzz blog, American Physical Society, Cosmic Experiment Aims To Close Loophole In Quantum Theory: Distant quasars could help confirm “spooky action” between particles.
David Brin, Google+, Physicists are exploring possible “hidden variables” loopholes in quantum mechanics
Gerard t'Hooft, University of Utrecht, experimenters plan to “close the setting-independence loophole” by looking at the fluctuations of light from distant quasars
National Science Foundation, News From the Field: Closing the 'free will' loophole
Summer Science Program, Universal Times
Slashdot, Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us
Galileo's Pendulum, by Matthew Francis, Entangled by quantum mechanics
Bowler Hat Science, by Matthew Francis , O, what entangled photons we weave!
NSF Twitter Feed, From the Field: Closing the 'free will' loophole
American Astronomical Society Twitter Feed, MIT: Closing the 'free will' loophole - MIT researchers propose using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Closing the 'free will' loophole
Knight Science Journalism at MIT, by Charles Petit, Quanta, Wired, etc: How a bright spot in a distant galaxy might be a shout-out from his royal invisibleness, Dark Matter.
Jonathan Langdale, Google+, The illusion of correlation & closing the free will loophole
Randy McDonald, Live Journal, Does Free Will Exist? Ancient Quasars May Hold the Clue
Rinselberg, Pennocks' Fiero Forum, Einstein or Niels Bohr.. who rules? Answer sought in light from oldest stars
Andrew King, Downed Robin, Faculty Tour
Damien Samways, Across the Bilayer, MIT News: “Closing the 'free will' loophole”
Jessica Bane, The Tarboro Times, Weird News - Quantum Mechanics and Lab Equipment
Luke Hutchinson, Google+, MIT News
Alex Alaniz, Google+, Closing the 'free will' loophole: Using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem
Superherohype, by childeroland, Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars
• “Closing the 'free will' loophole: MIT researchers propose using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem.”
• “Closing the 'free will' loophole”
• “Researchers say distant quasars could close a loophole in quantum mechanics: MIT researchers propose using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem.”
• “Researchers say distant quasars could close a loophole in quantum mechanics”
• “Is entanglement real or is there a super-deterministic cosmic conspiracy?: Researchers use quasars to kill off the last of the quantum hidden variables”
• “Quasars to fill a gap of Bell's theorem”
• “Bell's Inequality And The Speed Of Light: Quasar Findings Might Close The 'Free Will' Loophole”
• “The illusion of correlation & closing the free will loophole”
• “Closing a Loophole in Physics Theorem of Universe”
• “Closing 'Free Will' Loophole From Bell's Theorem”
• “Distant quasars could close loophole in quantum mechanics”
• “Our Universe May Be Based on Quantum Phenomena Faster than Speed of Light” -MIT Researchers
• “Our Universe May Be Based on Quantum Phenomena Faster than the Speed of Light”
• “Researchers Propose Using Distant Quasars to Test Bell's Theorem”
• “News From the Field: Closing the 'free will' loophole”
• “Closing the 'free will' loophole: Using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem”
• “Closing the free will loophole”
• “Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us”
• “Lab equipment may take on a mind of its own to trick scientists”
• “Quasar study could turn universe's formation theory on its head”
• “Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars”
• “Weird News - Quantum Mechanics and Lab Equipment”
• “Quasars at opposite ends of the Universe could close a loophole in quantum mechanics”
• “Distant Quasars May Test Bell's Theorem”
• “Theology from Technology: MIT News on Closing The 'Free Will' Loophole”
• “For the Last Loophole, Let There Be Light!”
• “Einstein or Niels Bohr.. who rules? Answer sought in light from oldest stars”
• “A Test of Bell's Theorem Using Distant Quasars”
• “MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest: Ringing the Bell on inequality”
• “New Experiment May Help Close Third Loophole Using Distant Galactic Nuclei”
• “MIT Wants Quasars to help put free will to rest”
• “Does Free Will Exist? Ancient Quasars May Hold the Clue.”
• “Spooky Action at a Distance or Free Will? Ancient Quasars May Hold the Clue”
• “Quasars Could Be Used To Test Bell's Theorem”
• “Cosmic light could close quantum-weirdness loophole: Distant quasars would decide whether quantum entanglement is an illusion.”
• “How to prevent cosmic quantum collusion: Cosmic light could close quantum-weirdness loophole”
• “Free will, the quantum and the cosmos”
• “Cosmic Experiment Aims To Close Loophole In Quantum Theory”
• “Quasar Experiment May Shed Light on Quantum Physics and Free Will”
• “Does Free Will Exist? Quasars May Show Us”
• “Experiment with distant quasar light could solve free-will loophole in quantum theory”
• “Does Free Will Exist? Ancient Quasars May Have Answers”
• “Do Quasars Influence Free Will?”
• “Cosmic Test For Quantum Physics' Last Major Loophole”
• “A Cosmic Test for 'Spooky' Entanglement”




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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 (2015-2019).

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