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Making the world a better place for one and all... :->
July 2015: Well, let's see: got my BS and PhD at UC Berkeley in physics (spending several years at SLAC, an particle physics accelerator at Stanford, and then was a visiting researcher briefly at Caltech also). was for 3 years a cosmology postdoc at Ohio State Univ, in Columbus, OH. *Quite* a change from growing up and being in CA all my life, but you know.. change is good. and Columbus was cooler than i'd expected going out there. and i love what i do, feel lucky to be paid to do it, so that helps a lot. :->
Have been back in the Bay Area for about 5 years now, continuing with cosmology research (on gravitational lensing, related to dark matter and dark energy). Spent 4 months in 2010 as a 'visiting postdoc' at a national lab of physics in Brazil, which was a great and very academically supportive experience.
Feel free to also (web)surf around at: mandeep.org you can find a fair amount of info about the science side of my life here, and as for the rest -- you'll just have to get to know me!
Peace, love, velorution, beauty, adventure -- and Mystery.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosted several people in Cbus (more people than I expected pass through there, it seems to be kind of a crossroads of sorts). Have also stayed at a number of great CS hosts' places, as you can see in the references below.
Have hosted a few folks since returning to Hayward, as well.
Also have created 2 CS groups, plan to get more involved later, too.
Quite a bit by now, always adding to the rich list of experiences: a number of stays with great folks found through CS, and hosted a fair bit as well (see references below for both).
It was initially more surfing than hosting, but actually more of the latter than former in recent years.
Also several other times in life, BC ("Before CS" ;-> ).. in CO, CA, VA, Mexico, etc. -- lots of good memories. :>
Outside of science, i'm rather an outdoorsy person, i mountain bike when i can, and i've also done a bit of social justice and environmental work in various arenas..
Music, Movies, and Books
Lots... LOTR (Tolkien), Patricia McKillip (also epic fantasy), both the scientific and philosophical writings of Ole Al (Einstein) and most things by Carl Sagan are favorites, for example. And Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Stood underneath a massive waterfall roaring down from above in Yosemite NP, barely able to breathe (Vernal Falls).
Teach, Learn, Share
Fixing bikes, teaching about how the Universe came to be, and where it may go, what the smallest bits of matter are. etc.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Russian Federation, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, United States