LIGO MIT's Nergis Mavalvala Elected to National Academy of Sciences

LIGO scientist is among NAS's honorees.

National Academy of Sciences has announced a roster of 84 newly elected members and 21 foreign associates, noting that the honor was made "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research."

Among the new members is LIGO MIT's Nergis Mavalvala, Professor of Astrophysics and Associate Department Head of Physics at MIT, and one of the leading LIGO scientists. Prof Mavalvala is a MacArthur fellow, and in 2010 was awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Prof Mavalvala's research focuses on the detection of gravitational waves and quantum measurement science, as well as on experimental work on squeezed light.

Also among the NAS honorees is Prof Gabriela González (Louisiana State University), the Spokesperson (2011-2017) of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and a fellow LSC member.

Congratulations, Nergis and Gabriela, from all of the LIGO Lab!

Image credit: MIT

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