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Illinois Congressman Visits CIERA

Congressman Randy Hultgren, who represents the 14th district of Illinois, visited Northwestern University on June 22, 2015. Accompanied by Vice President for Research Jay Walsh, the congressman met with CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera and a diverse group of CIERA students, postdocs, and faculty. They discussed CIERA’s mission with the congressman and shared about their research in astrophysics and astronomy.

Congressman Hultgren next ventured down to the ground floor of the Technological Institute, where he stepped into the laboratory of CIERA Professor Giles Novak, who spoke about his group’s instrument development for balloons over Antarctica. Finally, the congressman visited Northwestern’s Visualization Wall, where he experienced movies of colliding black holes, gravitational waves, and the formation of galaxies, all drawn from CIERA research.

Learn about Northwestern’s Visualization Wall

Pictured: Vice President for Research Jay Walsh, Congressman Holtgren, and CIERA Professor Giles Novak