Interviews and stories highlighting CMBS-4 scientists
Observational Cosmology- Interview with Dr. Anne Gambrel
Dr. Gambrel works as a KICP fellow in observational cosmology, studying the origins of the Universe through measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background. She helped build and launch the SPIDER balloon-borne telescope during her graduate studies and she is currently completing the data analysis for that flight. In this interview, we discuss Dr. Gambrel’s projects, her work in Antarctica, and the challenges and rewards of astrophysics research.
Experimental Cosmology- Interview with Dr. Johanna Nagy
Dr. Nagy is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Washington University at St. Louis. Dr. Nagy’s lab designs and builds instruments to enable more precise measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background. Her research analyzes the resulting data to probe topics including the physics of inflation, the nature of dark energy, and the properties of fundamental particles. In this interview, we discussed the process of building telescopes and scaling up experiments, the importance of failure in science, and her experiences in Antarctica.
Theoretical Cosmology- Interview with Dr. Martina Gerbino
Dr. Martina Gerbino is a theoretical cosmologist at KICP working at the interface between theory and observations, with a particular focus on testing fundamental physics theories against data. Her research interests span from phenomenological investigation of theoretical models to CMB data analysis and interpretation. In this interview, we discussed day-to-day life for an astrophysicist, the process of scientific collaboration, and the most important skills for scientists.
Instrumental Cosmology- Interview with Dr. Sara Simon
Dr. Sara Simon is a Wilson Fellow at Fermilab. She works as an instrumentalist on multiple CMB and CMB-S4 projects, aiming to improve telescope sensitivity to better understand neutrinos, dark matter, and dark energy. In this interview, we discussed the challenges of remote work, her research in Chile, and her passion for baking.