By Mark Trodden | June 7, 2008 11:50 pm

Hi again!

It has been almost six months since I last posted at Cosmic Variance, which most certainly marks me as highly neglectful. I wasn’t intending to take such a break. In fact I had hoped that a byproduct of my new commitment to travel less would be more consistent blogging. However, as it turns out it has been a rather stressful few months, and only now do I feel that I can make an attempt to once again write somewhat regularly.

The primary source of my stress is something about which I can’t really complain; I have been making an important career decision. This has now come to an end and, after being on leave in the Astronomy Department at Cornell next semester, I will be leaving Syracuse in January to become a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania.

I have had a wonderful eight years at Syracuse, in a supportive department and university and with wonderful colleagues and students. These factors, and the deep friendships I have within the department, made this a very difficult decision to make. However, now that I have made my decision I am obviously extremely excited about my new position and am looking forward to my future at Penn. There will be plenty to write about this in the coming months (including at least one more surprise), but I wanted to use this post merely to explain my absence and hopefully to get back into the swing of writing.

  • Moody834

    Best of luck to you!

  • luc

    Congrats! Welcome to Penn.
    Maybe I’ll run into you in the labyrinthine hallways of DRL.

    Good luck!

  • Sean

    Go Sixers!

  • luc

    Let’s not rush him, Sean :)

  • Andre

    Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing you at Penn.

  • Jeremy Chapman

    You were a bit of on icon at Syracuse, and I’m sure you will be missed. Congratulations and good luck at Penn!

  • JoAnne

    Congratulations! It’s cool to root for the Sixers, but don’t even think about the Phillies….

  • graviton383

    Best of luck in Philly Mark! When do you make the move??

  • Mark

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! graviton383 – I’ll make the move in January.

    JoAnne, as you know, I’m an Indians guy, but maybe I’ll adopt a National League team over time, you never know :) Far more importantly, I have scouted out plenty of epicurean treats for when you visit.

  • subodh

    mark: best wishes and congratulations!

  • Eugene

    congrats Mark!

  • oxo

    Congrats on the other surprise 😉

    It’ll be a girl BTW…

  • Mark

    Thanks oxo. Most certainly it isn’t that kind of surprise – I can guarantee that.

  • paragwinn

    Congratulations and Best Wishes.

  • adam

    Congratulations! It’s cool to root for the Sixers, but don’t even think about the Phillies….

    No way, it’s all about the Phillies. Go Phillies!

  • Mark

    How the hell did you become a Phillies fan Adam?

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  • adam

    How the hell did you become a Phillies fan Adam?

    Sorry for late reply.

    It was a long time ago, I was young, and I needed the money.

    Actually, they were the closest team to where I was living when I started watching baseball. And in a bar, back when the RedSox sucked before they started winning stuff, a fellow drinker told me that “Philadelphia Phillies” was Spanish for “Boston Redsox”, which amused me.

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  • Darlene Cavalier

    Welcome to Philly. Home of the world series champions and soon-to-be superbowl champs… and the brightest minds in science. :)

  • Mark

    Thanks Darlene!


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About Mark Trodden

Mark Trodden holds the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair in Physics and is co-director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a theoretical physicist working on particle physics and gravity— in particular on the roles they play in the evolution and structure of the universe. When asked for a short phrase to describe his research area, he says he is a particle cosmologist.


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