I am a physicist who loves Newfoundlands (and one in particular), giraffes (in general), logic puzzles, romance languages, the Oxford comma, and parenthetical statements. I enjoy knitting (particularly colorful socks), analytic continuation, reading fantasy novels, swimming, and making slightly unexpected lists.
I am in the middle of a two-year appointment as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Beloit College in Beloit, WI. I love the liberal arts college environment and strongly believe that the liberal arts enrich and inform all disciplines. At Beloit College, I am teaching full time and continuing my research. To learn more about current and former courses, please click on the teaching link above.
I earned my PhD in the spring of 2009 from The Institute of Optics, which is a part of the University of Rochester. My thesis centered on a mathematical investigation of highly focused optical fields, including both their properties and creating bases to better describe them, with my thesis advisor, Miguel Alonso. To learn more, click on the research link above.
Before making Rochester my home, I graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a Bachelor of Science in 2003. At HMC, I majored in physics and completed the requirements for a French minor at the neighboring Scripps College (unfortunately, HMC does not recognize minors). In order to do so, I studied physics in Paris my junior year at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) via Hamilton College Junior Year in France. It was a fun and interesting year, and more importantly, it helped me to narrow my focus to optics from amongst the many fields of physics.
During my first year of the PhD program, I met the wonderful man who is now my husband, Matthew Moore. At the time, he was pursuing a Master of Science at the Institute of Optics. He now works as a research engineer at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester.
Matt proposed to me on June 4th, 2005 in Canandaigua. We were married on October 6th, 2006 in South Portland, Maine at the Peter A. McKiernan Center at Southern Maine Community College. We had a wonderful time and my predominantly west-coast family enjoyed the fall foliage, lighthouses and lobster that Maine has to offer.