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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist, currently a NSF and NASA 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.
Public Talks
11. CfAIR2: Infrared Observations of ~100 Type Ia Supernovae With PAIRITEL, Andrew Friedman Ph.D. Thesis Talk (Harvard/CfA Optical and Infrared Seminar), Harvard University Department of Astronomy, Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Feb 22, 2012) [MOVIE]

10. Our Place in Space, Dudley House Crosstalk, Harvard University, with Jason Gallicchio, Harvard Physics Department, (March 6 2008) [Event Flyer]

9. Measuring Cosmic Expansion and Acceleration with Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts, Guest Lecture, Summer Science Program, Ojai, California, (July 3, 2006)

8. The Coolest Things In Astronomy: II, Guest Lecture, The Math Circle, Northeastern University, (Dec 10 2005)

7. Your Place in the Cosmos: From Planets to Stars to Galaxies and Beyond, Dudley House Crosstalk, Harvard University, With Ryan Hickox, Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics, (Dec 8 2005) [Event Flyer, blurb text]

6. 2 Hour Coursewide Final Exam Review Session, Science A-47, Cosmic Connections, Professor David Charbonneau, Harvard University, Fall 2005 [Streaming Real Player Video (or go here and click on Review Session link)] (January 21st 2006)

5. White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Supernova Explosions, and the Origins of Humanity, Guest Lecture, Science A-47: Cosmic Connections, Harvard University, (Nov 7 2005) [Streaming Real Player Video]

4. The Coolest Things In Astronomy, Guest Lecture, The Math Circle, Northeastern University, (May 22 2005)

3. Type Ia Supernovae and Cosmology, Guest Lecture at the Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA, (2002)

2. Fundamental Constants of Physics: The Genes of the Universe, Guest Lecture at the Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA, (2002)

1. Stephen Wolfram's: A New Kind of Science, Guest Lecture at the Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA, (2002)

University of California, San Diego UCSD Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Center for Theoretical Physics Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna Harvard University Astronomy Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics UC Berkeley Astronomy National Science Foundation National Aernautics & Space Administration
MIT Vera
Tufts/MIT Cosmo
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 6/2017

University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive
CASS, M/C 0424, SERF Bldg. 334, La Jolla, CA 92093-0424, USA (858) 534-5416

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 (2015-2020).

Original animations are shared under a
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