Meet Licia Verde, Ph.D.

Licia Verde, Ph.D., ICREA Professor of Physics, Instituto de Ciencias del Cosmos (ICC), Universidad de Barcelona (Spain); Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2015-2016); Adjunct Professor, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo (Norway)

Licia Verde appeared on SftPublic's Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations program January 19, 2016, to discuss how and why astrophysicists are Probing the Large-Scale Universe in an effort to understand why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Dr. Verde has been involved in this research with international teams of scientists, who are investigating the acceleration through deep-sky surveys. Possible sources of the acceleration include dark energy, dark matter, or gravitational differences on those scales.

Dr. Verde's research focus is the large-scale structure of the universe. Her work is at the interface of theory and observation. She is involved in studies of the cosmic microwave background, galaxy clustering, statistical applications and data analysis. Today, these projects are international, and Dr.Verde is part of several major surveys: the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, the EUCLID, the(COrE) and DESI. Dr. Verde is editor of the journal Physics of the Dark Universe. She and her WMAP team colleagues received the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize for Pinning Down the Universe.

Dr. Verde's video (in Spanish) Observando los temblores del Big Bang