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Science is exciting, and it has the power to change the world! But sometimes this is hard to see, when results are written up in papers and hidden behind complicated formulas. I believe that scientific outreach can serve three important purposes:

With that in mind, on these pages I want to keep myself accountable and list all efforts to communicate my scientific work to audiences outside of academia. And if you would like me to give a generally accessible talk on black holes, General Relativity, or my work in physics, or take part in an outreach event, please feel free to contact me, and I will do my best to get back to you.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

In the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, graduate students are challenged to present their work in three minutes to a live audience. It's a little bit like an elevator pitch. In 2019 I was lucky to be one of the ten 3MT finalists at the University of Alberta, and you can find my talk on YouTube. It's titled Black Holes and Einstein's End of Eternity, and it is about the end of space and time that may or may not sit inside black holes.

Veritasium Science Communication Contest

In August 2021, the popular science YouTuber Veritasium held a science communication contest, and this video is my contribution. I talk about what's inside a black hole:

Images of Research

Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. No, really, and that's what the Images of Research Competition at the University of Alberta is all about: to capture your research in one image and share it with the local community as well as online. I have participated in this event three times, and below you can find my contributions:

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A lot of my work in theoretical physics is inspired by the extreme physics inside of black holes, and what we can do to better understand them. In this interview I spoke with Joe McClain at William & Mary about some aspects of my work:

I wrote an invited article for the University of Alberta's YouAlberta news outlet, covering my experiences in graduate school, my research on black holes, and my outreach activities at the 3MT competition:

My PhD thesis “Effects of Non-locality in Gravity and Quantum Theory” was awarded the PR Wallace Thesis Prize of the Canadian Association of Physicists (Division of Theoretical Physics), and my alma mater interviewed me on this prize and my research in this article:

The University of Alberta selected me as one of their 2020 featured graduates to be covered in a small article, which you can find here:

After receiving the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2017 I was interviewed about my graduate research and my general interest in physics. See the article here: