Karl J. Slifer

Karl J. Sliferbegan working at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2008 and is an associate professor in the physics and astronomy department. His area of specialty is studying the internal structure of the proton and how its properties, particularly spin, arise from quarks and gluons and their interactions. Dr. Slifer notes that his research developing gas and then solid spin-polarized targets for scattering experiments has been conducted over many years, and he says he has been “fortunate to be able to work with an excellent team to help push this effort forward.” Over those years he has mentored about a dozen undergraduate researchers. Tristan is both the first of these mentees to write for Inquiry and his most productive research mentee. It is particularly exciting, Dr. Slifer explains, that Tristan has worked on synthesizing polarizable materials that could have crossover applications in the medical field. He is glad that Tristan has taken the opportunity to write for Inquiry and describes its value with a quote from Albert Einstein, "If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”