News Release

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2016

Public’s Contact for publication:
Dr. Anton Riedl, Chair
Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering
(757) 594-7829

Media Contact:
Lori Jacobs
Director of Public Relations
(757) 594-7961

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CNU STUDENTS GATHER TO VIEW LIVE BROADCAST OF PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING GRAVITATIONAL WAVE DISCOVERY.

(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) — Over 50 students from Christopher Newport University gathered among faculty in the Luter Hall Atrium to watch a live press conference presented by the National Science Foundation to update the scientific community on the first detection of gravitational waves – or ripples in the fabric of spacetime – using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

“It was a surreal experience to witness the announcement of such a major breakthrough in physics during my lifetime, while surrounded by those in my department,” says David Hamblin, a student in computer engineering and computer science. “It’s strange that this wasn’t something I read about in a textbook, but rather heard directly from the scientists.”

Caroline McElhenny, a Physics graduate and Masters student in teaching adds: “It is amazing how precise LIGO can take measurements, since gravitational waves are on such an incredibly small scale. I’m very excited to see more science done in this field and to see how much more we can learn about the universe. The scientists and engineers have done some amazing work to get us where we are now!”

“In five years we have been privileged to see two amazing announcements in physics: the discovery of the Higgs boson and now the detection of gravity waves,” remarks Professor David Heddle. “This is an exciting time to study physics!”

For more information, contact Dr. Anton Riedl, riedl@cnu.edu, Associate Professor at Christopher Newport University

 

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