SU vice provost represents SUBR LIGO Project at NSF Hill event

Luria Young, vice provost for academic affairs, participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) event on Capitol Hill, “The Arc of Science: Research to Results,” along with Joseph Giaime, head of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Livingston, and two SU graduates and docents.

The February 15, 2017, reception was held in Washington, DC, and featured NSF-funded researchers whose work provides insights, products or services to American citizens, businesses, and government. Attending alongside the researchers were their community partners who have benefitted from and use the research results on a daily basis. Invitees had the opportunity to speak directly with members of Congress and their staff.

“We are extremely proud that the main campus of the only historically black college and university system in the nation has the unique opportunity to be a key partner in the LIGO Science Education Center Outreach Partnership. The significant outcomes of this partnership have a profound impact on STEM research and education, and we are excited about the invitation to the NSF Hill Event.  It is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Young.

Accompanying Young were SU alum Joshua Maxie, a 2013 engineering graduate and engineer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and Vernita Atkins, a 2015 graduate in mathematics/physics and middle school math teacher.

Southern University is a founding partner in the LIGO Science Education Center?(SEC) Outreach partnership. A goal of the 12-year partnership is to enhance science literacy in PK-16+ settings using inquiry. The project at SUBR engages education and STEM undergraduates, SUSLA Connect students, teachers near SUBR and SUNO, SMED doctoral students, and the local community in activities focused on the science of LIGO ( Young is the principal investigator of the SU LIGO SEC Outreach Partnership. Stephen McGuire, the James and Ruth Smith Endowed Professor of Physics, principal investigator – LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and director, SUBR-LIGO Advanced Optical Materials Laboratory; VerJanis Peoples, director of the School of Education; and Moustapha Diack, professor and chair, Doctoral Program in Science/Mathematics Education (SMED) and director of SUBR Online Initiatives, serve as co-PIs.

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