About Tom Loredo...
Hi! If you are really curious about me, why don't you ask me about
myself directly? I can be reached
Alternatively, you can establish snail-mail and telephonic links with me at:
For the timid among you, there's some basic information below. Or you can snoop
around some of my web sites:
Space Sciences Building
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801
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What I Get Paid For
I'm a Senior Research Associate in the Astronomy Department at
Cornell University, and Field Member and Lecturer in the
Department of Statistical Sciences.
When I'm actually doing research and teaching, I'm getting paid
to do work so rewarding that it's more like serious play than work
(alas, for an increasing fraction of my time I'm more or less a manager/bureaucrat).
My research is in astrophysical data analysis using
Bayesian inference, and in theoretical high energy astrophysics.
For more about this, see my CU staff page.
From time to time I'm also an instructor at Cornell.
Most recently, I created a new course for the statistics department,
Bayesian Data Analysis: Principles and Practice; it included
a serious lab component covering Bayesian computing in Python, and
training students in Python, Git, and GitHub.
I've also taught intermediate (junior level)
classical mechanics and electromagnetism in the Physics department and helped
run the computer instrumentation lab in the Applied and Engineering
Physics department. In the EM course I exercised (exorcised?) a
long-term interest in Clifford Algebras by using David Hestenes's
geometric algebra (aka spacetime algebra) to teach parts of the course. Cool stuff!
Finally, I intermittently run a small business, Muse, concerned with various things
that bring music and technology together, ranging from web resources
and computer music engraving to audio electronics and signal processing.
A paper I presented at the 111th Convention of the Audio Engineering
Bayesian Harmonic Analysis for Audio Testing and Measurement
provides an example of how methodology I've developed for astronomical problems
can be applied in an audio/music-related setting. Contact me if you'd like
What I Do With The Money
Some of the things that occupy the rest of my life include:
I hope that justifies my existence to you! Now get back to work!
- Church stuff—I'm pretty active at St. Catherine of Siena
Roman Catholic Church here in Ithaca.
- Playing guitar—mostly acoustic instrumentals (contemporary and
traditional Celtic) and contemporary
Folk Music. Some of my favorite acoustic musicians are:
Phil Keaggy, Martin Simpson, David Wilcox,
Brooks Williams, Bob Bennett, Solas, Eddi Reader.... I've been known to dabble on
electric and classical guitars, but my main guitar is a
steel-string acoustic (a really nice one, I might add!).
- Chocolate & confections—I'm a hobbyist chocolatier and candymaker, at a pretty basic but still quite yummy level of expertise.
- Listening to music—that mentioned above, plus contemporary
jazz, rock, classical... whatever comes my way.
- Promoting favorite music and musicians on the web. I've maintained web
pages for Phil Keaggy, Bob Bennett, and Barbara Kessler, and for luthier Jim Olson; and I've created various web resources for acoustic guitarists.
- Working with music technology—testing acoustic guitar amplification
gear for manufacturers, designing my own gear, developing new signal
- Reading—novels, poetry, nonfiction. Favorite authors include
Madeleine L'Engle (you may recognize her name from having read her Newbery Award
Winning children's fantasy, A Wrinkle In Time!),
Frederick Buechner, Brother David Steindl-Rast,
C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Andrew
Greeley, and Arthur C. Clarke.
- Hiking in the parks and biking on the roads around Ithaca (in fair weather!).
On the Sea Serpent at the Boardwalk in Wildwood Crest, NJ.
Tom Loredo's Bookmarks Page /
Tom (top right)
and sisters Betsy and Susan (bottom row).
Am I smiling because they're screaming?!
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