Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jodi Cooley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at SMU. She 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. Dr. Cooley is a Principal Investigator on the SuperCDMS dark matter experiment. She has won numerous awards for her research, teaching and mentoring. In 2018 she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her for contributions to the search for dark matter scattering with nuclei, particularly using cryogenic technologies.

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 cryogenic detectors. 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 and Honors

  • 2019: American Association of Physics Teachers 2019 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award
  • 2018: Elected fellow of the AAAS
  • 2016: Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship, SMU
  • 2015: Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, SMU
  • 2014: Texas Section APS Robert S. Hyer Award, American Physical Society
  • 2012: National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award
  • 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
  • 2011 Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Curriculum Vitae

    My full CV including publications can be downloaded here pdf.