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Douglas Natelson
Works at Rice University
Attended Stanford University
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Anecdote 7: Time travel and the most creative lecture I ever saw
My senior undergrad year, Princeton offered their every-three-years-or-so undergrad general relativity course (AST 301), taught at the time by J. R. Gott III .   Prof. Gott ran a pretty fun class, and he was a droll lecturer with a trace Southern accent and...﻿
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Guide to faculty searches, 2015 edition
As I did four years ago and four years before that, I wanted to re-post my primer on how faculty searches work in physics.  I know the old posts are out there and available via google, but I feel like it never hurts to revisit career-related topics at some ...﻿
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Anecdote 6: The Monkey Problem
I should've written about this as a Halloween physics scary story, but better late than never....  I'll try to tell this so that both physicists and non-technical readers can get some appreciation for the horror that was  The Monkey Problem [ dramatic chord...﻿
I should've written about this as a Halloween physics scary story, but better late than never.... I'll try to tell this so that both physicists and non-technical readers can get some appreciation for the horror that was The Monkey Problem [dramatic chord!]. Back in my first year of grad school, ...
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No, dark matter probably did not do in the dinosaurs.
Resurfacing briefly in the midst of proposal writing, I feel compelled to comment on recent media coverage of Lisa Randall's new book .  The science story is an interesting one, as recounted here .   In brief:  There is some evidence of periodicity in mass ...﻿
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Several topics: The Nobel, self-organization, and Marcy
I'm heavily into some writing obligations right now, but I wanted to point out a few things: Obviously this year's Nobel in physics was for neutrino oscillations.  ZZ has thoughtfully provided two nice postings ( here and here ) with relevant links for furt...﻿
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Annual Nobel speculation
It's getting to be that time of year again.  The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced this coming Tuesday morning (EU/US time).  Based on past patterns, it looks like it could well be an astro prize.  Dark matter/ galaxy rotation curves anyone ?  O...﻿
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Entanglement + spacetime - can someone clue me in here?
There is a feature article in the current issue of Nature titled "The quantum source of space-time", and I can't decide if I'm just not smart enough to appreciate some brilliant work, or if this is some really bad combination of hype and under-explanation. ...﻿
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Aliens, quantum consciousness, and the like
I've seen a number of interesting news items lately.  Here are some that you may have missed. You've probably heard about the recent observations of the star KIC 8462852.  This star, over 1000 ly away, was observed by the Kepler planet-finding mission looki...﻿
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Phase transitions: Hiding in plain sight
Phase transitions are amazing things.  As some knob is turned (temperature, pressure, magnetic field), a physical system undergoes a sudden, seemingly discontinuous change in material properties.  This doesn't happen when looking only at one or two of the c...﻿
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STEM education and equality of opportunity
Friday evening I went to the Katy Independent School District's Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM , where they were having a Science Movie Night (pdf) .  The science and technology policy part of Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy had put the organizers...﻿
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Table-top electron microscopes
A quick question in the hopes that some people in this blog's readership have direct experience:  Anyone work with a table-top scanning electron microscope (SEM) that they really like?  Any rough idea of the cost and operations challenges (e.g., having to r...﻿
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DOE Experimental Condensed Matter Physics PI Meeting 2015 - Day 3
Things I learned from the last (half)day of the DOE PI meeting: "vortex explosion" would be a good name for a 1980s metal band. Pulsed high fields make possible some really amazing measurements in both high $$T_{\mathrm{C}}$$ materials and more exotic thing...﻿
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Education
• Stanford University
Physics, 1993 - 1998
• Princeton University
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1989 - 1993