[WEBCAST] A New View of the Universe from the Earth's South Pole

The universe has been studied using light since the dawn of astronomy.   But deep down in the dark glacial ice of the South Pole, Antarctica, a very different kind of telescope is getting a new view of the universe. Operated by a team of more than 300 physicists from 12 countries, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory captures the universe in high-energy neutrinos.   Neutrinos are particles a lot like light (photons), but with one remarkable property that makes them a powerful medium for studying the universe.   Glimpsing neutrinos, however, requires going to one of the remotest, least habitable places on Earth.   Naoko Kurahashi Neilson is a physicist who has travelled to the snow-swept IceCube Neutrino Observatory on the hunt for these elusive particles and the insights they hold.    She is an associate professor at Drexel University, the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and was featured in "Get to know 10 early-career experimentalists" by Symmetry magazine.  After her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley, she obtained her PhD at Stanford University while "listening" for extremely high energy neutrinos in the ocean in the Bahamas. She now lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three young children, and is devoted to STEM outreach, particularly aimed at middle- and high-school girls.