Michelle B. Larson, Ph.D.Vice Provost
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Professional Practice Professor of Physics
Mail Address:Office of the Executive
Vice President and Provost
1435 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322
Office:Old Main, Room 138
PHONE: (435) 797-1121
FAX: (435) 797-3880
My research background is theoretical neutron star astrophysics, specifically the thermal evolution of very old neutron stars, and simulations of glitches (sudden changes in the rotation rate of a neutron star). I now work in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at Utah State University. I have taken a not-so-traditional, but enjoyable, career path to get to this very interesting position.
Prior to joining USU, I was the Deputy Director of the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at Penn State. At the CGWP I worked to increase the general understanding of gravitational physics and awareness of recent progress in gravitational wave research among the general public, educators and students, and scientists of all disciplines. I encouraged and supported young scientists and established researchers to develop varied communication skills, and adopt outreach as part of their professional culture.
Prior to the CGWP, I have worked as the deputy director of NASA's Montana Space Grant Consortium, as a scientist at Caltech working as the project coordinator for the CHICOS cosmic ray observatory, and as a NASA mission education and public outreach (EPO) scientist at the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley.
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