Kathryn Zurek joins the Department of Physics this fall to work with the interface of particle physics, which includes cosmology and astrophysics. Her research work spans studies both of new physics signatures at colliders and astrophysical searches for dark matter (DM), and physics beyond the Standard Model in the neutrino sector. It is an exciting and active time because of the three avenues of exploration in the hunt for dark matter: the first is to produce the particle directly in the laboratory, one of the major goals of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN; the second is to detect directly the particle in a laboratory, usually underground. The observation includes a DM particle bouncing off a nucleus in a very sensitive detector, creating a small amount of recoil energy; the third avenue is to see the products of the annihilations of such particles with detectors on the ground or in space. These last two methods have recently yielded some remarkable results, and we await more results to come from the LHC. As these new results arrive from CDMS, XENON, AMS, Fermi and Planck experiments, Professor Kathryn Zurek is interested in correlating the many hints from direct and indirect detection of DM with signals from the LHC. She is also interested in solving related problems in physics beyond the Standard Model at the LHC, involving extra dimensions, supersymmetry, and Hidden Valley models.