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For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gabriela González, LSU professor of physics and astronomy, is the elected spokesperson, and leads the LSC together with other leaders and founders of the LIGO effort.