Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jodi Cooley received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1997. She earned her Masters in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for her research searching for neutrinos from diffuse astronomical sources with the AMANDA-II detector. Upon graduation she did postdoctoral studies at both MIT and Stanford University. She joined the faculty at SMU as an assistant professor of physics in 2009. Dr. Cooley is a Principal Investigator on the SuperCDMS dark matter experiment and a Principal Investigator for the AARM collaboration which aims to develop integrative tools for underground science. She has won numerous awards for her research including an Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation and the Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. She was named December 2012 Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Societies Committee on the Status of Women and earned a 2012 HOPE (Honoring our Professor’s Excellence) by SMU.

Dr. Cooley’s current research interest is to improve our understanding of the universe by deciphering the nature of dark matter. The existence of dark matter was first postulated nearly 80 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the last decade that the revolution in precision cosmology revealed conclusively that about a quarter of our universe consisted of dark matter. Dr. Cooley and her colleagues operate sophisticated detectors in the Soudan Underground Laboratory, MN. These detectors can distinguish between elusive dark matter particles and background particles that mimic dark matter interactions.

Professional Progress

  • Associate Professor, Physics Department, Southern Methodist University (2014-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Southern Methodist University (2009-2014)
  • Post-doctoral Scholar, Physics Department, Stanford University (2004-2009)
  • Post-doctoral Associate, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, MIT (2003-2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
  • Master of Arts, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Math and Physics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1997)

Awards, Grants and Honors

  • 2013 Hamilton Scholarship to support undergraduate research.
  • 2012: National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award (Award Number 1151869, period 2012 - 2017) to fund research toward second generation dark matter detectors.
  • 2012: Grant awarded by the National Science Foundataion (Award Number:1242640, period 2012-2014). This grant was awarded to my collaborators and I to develop integrative tools for underground science.
  • 2012: American Physical Society (APS) Committee on the Status of Women (CSWP) Women Physicist of the Month (December)
  • 2012 Honoring our Professor's Excellence (HOPE) Award, Southern Methodist University
  • 2012 Hamilton Scholarship to support undergraduate research.
  • 2011 Hamilton Scholarship to support undergraduate research.
  • 2011 Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Curriculum Vitae

    My full CV including publications can be downloaded here pdf.