Stephen Hawking got to have his picture taken with me during my visit to
Caltech in 2001.
I received my Master's Degree in Physics ('02) from the University of California-Irvine, and my
undergraduate degrees in Physics ('98) and Classical Civilization ('99)
from the University of Southern
California. Between my undergraduate and graduate careers, I
briefly served as a volunteer with WELS World
Missions at the Christian Information Centers in the central Siberian
town of Akademgorodok. While there, I also performed theoretical studies
on spiral galaxy formation with Dr. A.M. Trubachev, a researcher at the
Hydrodynamics Institute of the Siberian
Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
I recently completed my Ph.D. Dissertation
in High-Energy Particle Astrophysics at the University of California-Irvine.
During several summers of my career at UCI, I have served as a teaching
assistant and observing technician for the Astronomy and Astrophysics
portion of the California State Summer School for Math and Science (COSMOS). Here are some pretty
pictures from the COSMOS student
research projects. Also available is the PowerPoint Presentation about AMANDA presented to
the 2003 COSMOS students.
Apart from physics, one of my passions is
running. Within the last several years, I have participated in a number of marathons
I served as the Chair of the International Organizing Committee for the Canada-America-Mexico (CAM) Physics
Graduate Student Conference, which was held in San Diego in August,
2005, under the auspices of the APS Forum on Graduate Student
Affairs. The conference was attended by over 100 physics graduate
students from throughout North America. I also served on the Organizing
Committee for CAM 2007, held in
Montreal, Canada, in August, 2007.
I completed the Southern
California Half-Marathon in January, 2004 in a time of 1:55:32.
I completed the Camp Pendleton
Mud Run in June, 2004 in a time of 1:04:48, and again in October
2004, in 1:00:32.
I also ran the Los Angeles
Marathon in March, 2004 in a time of 4:55:19.
In December, 2004, I crossed the finish line of the OC Marathon in 3:51:30.
I ran the LA Marathon XX
in a time of 4:31:08.
And I came in just under 1:45 (1:44:55, to be precise) in America's Finest City Half Marathon.
The next race was the New Las Vegas
Marathon in December 2005. I completed "The Most Fun You Can Have
With Your Shoes On" in 3:40:24.
I then took a break from long-distance races to complete a marathon of
a different type: the Ph.D. After 7 years, 11 months, and 21 days, I can
now say that I am Dr. Kuehn!
And, now that grad school is out of the way, I am back to racing. I ran
the 2007 Columbus
Half-Marathon in 1:39:43. If my times keep dropping, I may even qualify
- More races: the Columbus Marathon 2008, finished in 3:53:41; Columbus,
Ohio's Dash for Donation 1/2 Marathon in 2008 and 2009, and the Columbus
1/2 Marathon 2009 in 1:35:20--which is at Boston Qualifying pace! Now I
just need to run that speed for twice as long.
My Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Endless hours of amusement:
NASA's Astronomy Picture of the
Here are some pictures from the 2004 LA Marathon.
More information about Akademgorodok, the
"Academic City" in central Siberia.
Available below are presentations given at the American
Scientific Affiliation 2003 Annual Meeting:
A Critique of the Privileged Planet Hypothesis.
And at the 2004 "Intelligent Design and the Future of Science" Conference:
The Potentials and the Pitfalls of the Privileged
Finally, I include a slightly broader discussion of intelligent design,
specifically as it is applied to astronomy:
The Privileged Planet hypothesis as a Case
Study in Intelligent Design.
They are, as their titles imply, critical analyses of the Privileged Planet Hypothesis
propounded by astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez and philosopher Jay Wesley
Richards. Though these presentations contain primarily scientific and
philosophical argumentation, they were initially presented to an audience
of Christians, so some theological argumentation is included as well.
Last Updated by Kyler Kuehn, 21 October 2007
- Kyler Kuehn
- Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics
- Department of Physics
- The Ohio State University
- 191 W. Woodruff Ave.
- Columbus, OH 43210
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- URL: http://www.ps.uci.edu/~kuehn