• Physics

  • Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics

    2010 Lecture

    Dr. Jordan Goodman
    University of Maryland

    Lecture Title: Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole 

    Dr. Jordan Goodman has been recognized as one of the top teachers in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, having developed several new physics courses. He is a pioneer in the area of article astrophysics, which studies cosmic radiation to better understand the properties of elementary particles and the processes in space that produce them. The field blends elements of high energy physics and astrophysics. In 1998, he worked on the discovery that the neutrino (a fundamental subatomic particle) has mass—widely considered one of the most important scientific discoveries of the last decade and the first sign of physics beyond the standard model.

    Currently, Goodman is a spokesman and principle investigator for the next generation gamma ray observatory, HAWC, to be located at high altitude in Mexico. He also is part of the Maryland effort on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic kilometer detector being built in ice beneath the South Pole. Goodman has a long record of public outreach, most notably working with high schools throughout Washington D.C. and some in New York. In 1994, he received the University of Maryland Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to the Schools—one honor among many in his career. Goodman has published more than 140 scientific papers and regularly speaks at national and international meetings.