The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded yesterday. I have to tell you that I was shocked and thrilled when I heard the announcement on the radio. You see, when I was working at Space Telescope Science Institute, one of my absolute favorite programs that I worked on was a high-z supernova search lead by Adam Riess. I actually discovered a couple of supernovae during that program, and while it was meticulous work, it was incredibly rewarding. The search that I was part of was follow-up to the work for which he earned the Nobel Prize for yesterday. Congratulations to all of the Nobel Prize winners, especially my former boss, Adam Riess!
[To read the rest of Helene McLaughlin’s explanation of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, go to GeekMom!]