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Professor Natalia Toro to present at department-wide colloquium series Nov. 6

The department-wide colloquium series will this week feature Prof. Natalia Toro of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, who will present “Finding Our Place in the Universe: New Experimental Opportunities to Make Dark Matter and Discover New Forces” in Schafler Auditorium at 3:30 on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Professor David Hammer to Present “Teaching Physics as a Pursuit” Oct. 23

This week’s Physics & Astronomy Colloquium will feature Prof. David Hammer of Tufts University, who studies the learning and teaching of science, mainly physics, across ages from young children through adults. He will present “Teaching Physics as a Pursuit” in Schafler Auditorium at 3:30 on Thursday, Oct. 23.

A Hopkins-lead Study Finds a New Way to Employ the Sunyaev–Zel’dovich Effect

Prof. Tobias Marriage and Megan Gralla have found that the Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect – typically used to study large galaxy clusters – can also be used to learn about why galaxies stop building new stars. Marriage and Gralla are co-lead authors of an article in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Brice Ménard Awarded 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Prof. Brice Ménard is the recipient of a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Joining 17 other early-career scientists, Prof. Ménard will receive a grant of $875,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He plans to use the grant to fund his research about a new technique to estimate the distance of galaxies.

Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission

This week’s Physics & Astronomy Colloquium will feature Prof. Steven Squyres of Cornell University, the PI of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, which, in Jan. 2004, placed the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the surface of Mars, where they continue to operate a decade later. He will present “Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.”

Collin L. Broholm named a Moore Experimental Investigator

Collin Broholm

Prof. Collin L. Broholm is one of the 19 new Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials. The 5-year program from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to help fund physicists whose experiments could transform our understanding of quantum materials. Prof. Broholm will be awarded $1.8M to fund his research based on neutron scattering.

Jens Chluba Awarded Prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Associate Research Scientist Jens Chluba is one of the 43 new Royal Society University Research Fellows in 2014. He will take the 5 year fellowship to the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University starting Jan 2015. This Fellowship recognizes Chluba’s studies of physical phenomena that can be probed with the cosmic microwave background.