LIGO: Highlights and Insights from a Year of Gravitational Wave Discoveries

25 January 2017

LIGO:  Highlights and Insights from a Year of Gravitational Wave Discoveries

The American Physical Society and The Optical Society invite members of the media and registered attendees of the
2017 APS Winter Meeting to attend a special ‘Speakeasy Science’ event
WASHINGTON – Astrophysicists have long sought to detect ripples in space-time called gravitational waves since they realized Albert Einstein’s 1916 general theory of relativity predicted their existence. But only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. Since the 1990s, research teams from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) have collectively tried to observe this phenomena. Nearly one year ago, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced to the world that the team had confirmed detection of gravitational waves, thus impacting the physical sciences for years to come.

The panel discussion, which is coordinated on behalf of The American Physical Society (APS) and The Optical Society (OSA), invite all members of local media and registered media attending the 2017 APS Winter Meeting to attend this very special discussion. Media attendees will be provided the opportunity to interview panelists following the program.
WHAT: LIGO:  Highlights and Insights from a Year of Gravitational Wave Discoveries
WHEN: Monday, 30 January 2017
WHERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park (Washington 5 Ballroom)
2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Panelists include:
  • Dr. Barry Barish, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • Dr. Gabriela Gonz├ílez, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Dr. Richard Isaacson, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
  • Dr. David Reitze, LIGO Observatory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • Dr. Virginia Trimble, University of California, Irvine, CA

About The American Physical Society
The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 53,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.
 About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit

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