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Professor Joel Primack

Dr. Joel R. Primack specializes in the formation and evolution of galaxies and the nature of the dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe. After helping to create what is now called the "Standard Model" of particle physics, Primack began working in cosmology in the late 1970s, and he became a leader in the new field of particle astrophysics.  His 1982 paper with Heinz Pagels was the first to propose that a natural candidate for the dark matter is the lightest supersymmetric particle.  He is one of the principal originators and developers of the theory of Cold Dark Matter, which has become the basis for the standard modern picture of structure formation in the universe.  With support from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Energy, he is currently using supercomputers to simulate and visualize the evolution of the universe and the formation of galaxies under various assumptions, and comparing the predictions of these theories to the latest observational data.

Office: Room 318 Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB)
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Coral Connor

Coral Connor is the Office Manager for HIPACC. She handles purchases and payments, travel reimbursements, correspondence with vendors, and assists with event coordination, budgetary calculations and database maintenance. Coral gained organizational proficiency from being an assistant for a Sacramento non-profit specializing in association management. Coral is currently in her last year at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she will receive her bachelor's degree in psychology.
Physics Department, UCSC

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Trudy E. Bell

Trudy E. Bell is an award-winning science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in the history of science from New York University. A former editor for Scientific American and IEEE Spectrum magazines, she has also been communications specialist for the North American Operational Effectiveness Practice of the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Co, and technical writer for the National Coordination Office of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NCO/NITRD).  She was lead writer for the millennium book for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Engineering Tomorrow: Today's Technology Experts Envision the Next Century (with Dave Dooling and Janie Fouke; IEEE Press, 2000). She also wrote Weather (Smithsonian/HarperCollins, 2007) and four children's books are on astronomy. Her 400+ articles and photographs have been published in national science, engineering, and general interest magazines and newspapers, including Air & Space/Smithsonian, Astronomy, Nature, Sky & Telescope, and on the popular Science@NASA website. Her 20 top journalism prizes include the David N. Schramm Award of the American Astronomical Society (2006). In 2010 and 2011 she was a Presidential Fellow in the SAGES Program of Case Western Reserve University.
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