Christine A. Aidala, American physicist
Christine A. Aidala is an American high-energy nuclear physicist, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. She studies nucleon structure and parton dynamics in quantum chromodynamics.
Education and career
She received a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Music from Yale University in 1999. During her undergraduate studies, she taught English and music in Milan, Italy. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2005. During her Ph.D., she was also a Physics Associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory and worked on the OPAL Experiment at CERN. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied proton spin decomposition using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In addition to numerous research publications, she authored a review article on nucelon spin structure in the journal Reviews of Modern Physics that has been cited over 200 times.
She currently studies nucleon structure and quantum chromodynamics with her research lab at the University of Michigan. The Aidala group's work involves international collaboration to study spin-spin and spin-momentum correlations in a variety of subatomic particles. Her experiments use the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Main Injector at Fermilab, and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
In 2015, she was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship.She is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2017, she was selected to serve on a National Academy of Sciences committee  to assess the justification for a domestic electron ion collider facility in the United States.
In addition to researching subatomic particle structure, she is working on a foundational physics project deriving the standard mathematical frameworks for Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics from physical assumptions.
Aidala has participated in numerous outreach activities, including Saturday Morning Physics and coordinating physics demonstrations for elementary and middle school students.
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