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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Physics Nobel Prize winner has ties to Aspen

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Physics

The Aspen Center for Physics can add another name to its list of Nobel Prize winning lecturers.


Kip S. Thorne is one of three researchers sharing the prestigious prize in Physics for their work on gravitational waves, a topic Thorne has been studying for decades.

In the mid-1990s, Thorne participated in Aspen Physics Center events focused on gravitational waves, black holes and work on an instrument to detect them. LIGO, short for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, allowed scientists to observe black holes and gravitational waves for the first time and confirmed Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Physicists involved in these studies say it provides an entirely new window into understanding the cosmos.

Thorne and others first began work on this topic in the 1980s.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.