Tiffany Nichols

Tiffany Nichols

Doctoral Candidate: Harvard University, History of Science
Tiffany Nichols

Tiffany Nichols is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Black Hole Initiative, and an NSF Grantee.  Tiffany served at the chair for the APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs for two years from 2019-2020. She will begin her three-year term in April 2021 as a Member-at-Large for the APS Forum on the History and Philosophy of Physics. Tiffany's current research, advised by Peter Galison, focuses on how place, surrounding environment, and laboratory are embedded in the output signals of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). In this vein, she focuses on how physicists and engineers understand what is a gravitational wave signal and what is merely noise generated by the instrument, its location, and surrounding environment.