Urmila Chadayammuri

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I spent summer of 2011 working with a cosmologist in Moscow, developing a dark energy model to better describe the Universe. That's the part you probably don't care about. But that got me into how various regimes in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia have affected the scene of science research and education. Since then, I've asked the same question on trips to Germany (March 2012) and Italy (June 2012), and will again in Scotland this winter.


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  • | October 28th, 2012
    After the last post, writing up and publishing the Physics paper took most of my time, with the remainder captured in the three minutes above. Here's a long overdue, compact summary of the wonderful summer as a BISP fellow. Thanks are due to...
  • | July 5th, 2011
    When I hear the words “It was all very sudden,” I expect a story either of natural disasters or weddings. Instead, these are the only words that describe the sudden progress my work has made. Just yesterday I’d whined to my friend about the inertia...
  • | July 2nd, 2011
    Amazing, isn't it? My friend and I were on the Starii (Old) Arbat when we saw these traditional musicians on the street. I have never seen or heard of anything like it, and I still can't figure out the name of the instrument. So if you know...
  • | June 27th, 2011
    I've been in Moscow for a week now, and things have finally settled down sufficiently to allow me to write this post. They couldn't have been more inconvenient over the last fortnight, thanks to a combination of Russia's highly bureaucratic system...
  • | June 5th, 2011
    I know I'm being funded to spend ten weeks this summer at an Astrophysics Institute in Moscow and write about it, but I'm here, at home, before I proceed to do that. And this is a summer of study, so I've somehow found myself observing so much about...
  • | May 18th, 2011
    I thought my first valuable experiences regarding my research weren’t to arrive until mid-June. And yet there I was, in my upgraded seat on my flight to London – sitting right next to Suzanne Massie, advisor to Reagan during what she describes as “...