#5 - Dr. Francis Halzen - Detecting Neutrinos, MultiMessenger Astronomy, and The IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Dr. Francis Halzen is a Professor of Physics at The University of Wisconsin - Madison and the principal investigator of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and earlier this year his name was attached to an incredible discovery and advancement for the field of astrophysics. 

In July 2018, IceCube announced that they have traced an extremely-high-energy neutrino that hit their detector in September 2017 back to its point of origin. The specifics are mentioned in the discussion. This is the first time that a neutrino detector has been used to locate an object in space. 

Dr. Halzen's personal profile can be found here and information about the IceCube experiment can be found here.

#4 - Dr. David Fisher - Space Force, Going Back To The Moon, Space Exploration Politics, and Biased Scientists

Dr. David Fisher is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College and a spaceflight historian by practice. He has been an avid collector of spaceflight memorabilia for decades and has documented historical information regarding human efforts in space for longer than I've been alive. 

In this episode, we discuss the Space Force, why we need to return to the moon, the politics that go into space exploration, and much more. 

#3 - Dr. Darold Treffert - Savant Syndrome, Psychedelics, and Paranormal Experiences

Episode 3 of "The State of The Universe" features Dr. Darold Treffert. Darold is a retired psychiatrist and current researcher in the fields of savant syndrome and autism. Darold has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, McNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Larry King, Today, Donahue, Oprah, Discovery Channel. Dateline, CNN and a number of documentaries in the United States and other countries. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Time, People, Newsweek, USA Today and Scientific American. Darold has also published two books on savant syndrome and they can be found here and here. He also served as a consultant for the 1988 movie Rain Man which depicts the life of an autistic savant. 

#2 - Dr. Nicole Gugliucci - Making Citizen Science Successful, Compensating Citizen Scientists, Overpopulation, and Hating Steve Jobs

Episode 2 of "The State of The Universe" features Dr. Nicole Gugliucci. Nicole is a Professor of Astronomy at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She is an expert in radio astronomy and citizen science. In this episode we discuss getting citizens involved in science and how to retain and motivate those citizens. We also discuss the limitations of citizen science and how to overcome those limitations. Nicole's website can be found here or she can be found on twitter @NoisyAstronomer. Her research can be found here.

#1 - Dr. Chris Kulp - Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

Episode 1 of "The State of The Universe" features Dr. Chris Kulp. Chris is a Professor of Physics at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and an avid researcher in the field of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He specializes in Nonlinear Time Series Analysis. In this episode, we discuss nonlinear and chaotic systems and how he studies them. We also discuss the growing field of machine learning and its applications in industry and academia. Artificial Intelligence and its implications on the work force are also discussed. Chris can be found on Twitter at @cwkulp and his research can be found here