LSU Physicist Gabriela González Named Journal Editor-in Chief

LSU Physicist Gabriela Gonzalez

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González has been appointed editor-in-chief of the scientific journal, Classical and Quantum Gravity. Photo Credit: LSU.

BATON ROUGE – The scientific journal Classical and Quantum Gravity announced that LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González has been appointed editor-in-chief. She is an experimental physicist with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves in 2015 predicted by Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

“I am very honored to assume the position of editor-in-chief of Classical and Quantum Gravity, following 10 very successful years by Clifford Will,” González said.

Classical and Quantum Gravity is an established journal for physicists, mathematicians and cosmologists in the fields of gravitation and the theory of spacetime. The journal is the acknowledged world leader in classical relativity and all areas of quantum gravity.

“The journal has now 15 ‘renowned’ papers with more than 500 citations, according to, with half of those in the last 10 years. It is the diversity of topics which has made the journal a pillar of the community, thanks to the efforts of the editor-in-chief, the editorial board and the excellent IOP editorial team, which includes Adam Day and Holly Young. This is quantified in the journal impact factor, which is very competitive, as well as in the fast turn-around for reviewing and publishing,” González said.

“I am very humbled to occupy a position that six eminent scientists held before including H. Nicolai, G. Gibbons, K. Stelle, M. MacCallum, R. Wald and C. Will. And I will help the journal continue to grow and succeed in a rapidly evolving field. It is my goal to maintain the highest standards for the journal, as we broaden the range of articles as ‘gravity’ is at the core of exciting theory and experiment with expanding frontiers at cosmologically large and small quantum scales,” she said.

González’s research and work as the former spokesperson for the 1,000-member international LIGO Scientific Collaboration opened a new window of discovery to the cosmos. This milestone discovery was recognized as the 2016 Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine. As an experimental physicist, González’s current research involves the reduction and characterization of noise to enhance the laser interferometers’ sensitivity to detect gravitational waves, calibrate the detectors and analyze data. She was recognized in 2016 as one of the “Ten People Who Mattered” by the scientific journal Nature; received the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery; and is a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences.

González was born and raised in Córdoba, Argentina. She studied physics at the University of Córdoba, where she earned a college physics degree. She came to the U.S. to pursue and attain her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her doctorate focused on Brownian motion applied to LIGO detectors. Her work on gravitational waves detection took her to universities across the U.S. including MIT and Penn State. She joined the faculty at LSU in 2001. She was the longest serving elected spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration — a position she held for six years from 2011-2017.


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