IceCube Scientists

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is pleased to announce the visiting scientists attending Bringing the Universe 2 Wisconsin.  Benedikt Riedel (UW-Madison), Markus Ahlers (Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center), Kurt Woschnagg (University of California-Berkeley) and Naoko Kurahashi Neilson (IceCube) will be joining Dr. Jim Madsen (UW-River Falls Physics Department Chair, IceCube) for events at UW-River Falls and in the community.  We hope that you can attend one or more of the listed events.

Markus AhlersMarkus Ahlers received his PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2007.  Following completion of his degree, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, UK and the State University of New York in Stony Brook.  His research interests cover various aspects of neutrino astronomy.  He holds one of the two inaugural five-year John Bahcall Fellowships at the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center.

Naoko Kurahashi NeilsonNaoko Kurahashi Neilson grew up in California and went to school at University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University where she got her PhD.  She moved to Wisconsin to work on IceCube at UW-Madison, and is enjoying living in Madison, even in the winter, to her surprise.  She analyzes IceCube data to look for astrophysical neutrino emitters while trying to get the most out of life by sailing, hiking, hanging out at cafes, and visiting the numerous restaurants in Madison.

Benedikt RiedelBenedikt Riedel grew up in Germany.  After high school, he moved to California to study physics and economics at the University of Southern California, where he worked on solar physics at the Mount Wilson Observatory.  He is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing his PhD in physics studying the neutrino signatures of exploding massive stars and enjoying the homier atmosphere that Madison has to offer.

Kurt WoschnaggKurt Woschnagg grew up in Sweden where he studied physics at Uppsala University.  After receiving his PhD for work at one of the particle accelerator experiments at CERN, Geneva, he moved to California and Berkeley to be part of the AMANDA project that would later lead to IceCube.  Missing the harsh winters of his childhood, he drew comfort from his annual trips to the South Pole and getting up close and personal with the glacier.   After years of developing and testing neutrino detection techniques, he is currently enjoying combing IceCube data for signs of neutrinos from extraterrestrial sources.