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- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
was a research institute rather than a university. I was at the
CSIRO/ATNF facility in Epping, near Sydney.
- Q. How long were you there?
Four and a half months
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
was helping to develop methods by which point-like sources of
gravitational waves can be studied by pulsar timing arrays. I
focused primarily on gravitational wave bursts with memory
- Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
I learned several things that influenced what I was doing at the
time and I gained many ideas for current and future projects.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
Day in day out, I would say it was getting to experience all of the
birds in Sydney. They’re unlike anything we have in the US.
They’re really quite amazing.
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
Well, the language is English, but the man I worked with most
directly, George Hobbs, was British, and commonly described
questionable things as “dodgy”. I’ve adopted this phrase.
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
Sydney is a really expensive place to live.
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
read books, exercised, and travelled around the Sydney area
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
Probably Manly, a beach community in North Sydney.
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
red bellied black snake just hanging out in the gutter on the side
of the street right near where I was staying.
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
for a long enough time that you’ll be able to build relationships
with the people you work with.
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
I’m a better collaborator than I was before. I’m a
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
would have worked harder because the Australians are very capable
and generous collaborators.