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3/2/15 marks 20th anniversary of Astro-2 (STS-67) Spacelab Astronomy Mission

The primary payload aboard the space shuttle Endeavour for the Astro-2 mission was the Astro Observatory, a trio of aligned ultraviolet telescopes, including the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT). William Blair was Deputy Project Scientist for Mission Planning and Operations on the HUT team for Astro-2. Read a brief retrospective of the Astro-2 mission.

Nina Markovic and Team Develop Make Superconductors Viable in Magnetic Fields

Nina Markovic

The journal Physical Review Letters has reported on the work of Nina Markovic and other Johns Hopkins scientists who have developed a method to keep superconductor materials carrying electronic current without resistance, even in a magnetic field, using ultra-thin nanowires. Read more in The Hub.

Donghui Jeong Receives Outstanding Young Researcher Award of the Association of Korean Physicists in America

Donghui Jeong, a recent postdoctoral scholar at Johns Hopkins, has been named one of two of this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Young Researcher Award of the Association of Korean Physicists in America. Jeong is being recognized for advancing our ability to learn from galaxy surveys about the early Universe and dark energy. Jeong received […]

Professor Margaret Murnane to present at department colloquium series Feb. 12

The spring 2015 department-wide colloquium series begins this week with Prof. Margaret Murnane (University of Colorado) presenting “Science at the Timescale of the Electron: Tabletop X-ray Lasers and Applications in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” on Feb. 12 at 3:30 PM in Bloomberg 272.

Ulascan Sarica Named 2015 Gardner Fellow

Second-year graduate student Ulascan Sarica is the recipient of the 2015 William Gardner fellowship. Sarica will be supported by the fellowship to further his research on the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson, such as its quantum numbers and lifetime, using the upgraded experiment with the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at […]

Joseph Silk’s featured on NPR

Joseph Silk

Prof. Joseph Silk and physicist George Ellis have sparked a debate about whether or not string theory and multiverses should be exempt from experimental testing. Read more on National Public Radio’s science blog, “13.7.”

Jared Kaplan Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Jared Kaplan has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The award helps to fund research in Conformal Field Theory – quantum theories that combine special relativity with invariance in scale or invariance under the uniform stretching of space and time.

Liang Dai Awarded Prestigious NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship

Liang Dai

Liang Dai, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a prestigious NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to support postdoctoral research related to NASA’s Physics of the Cosmos program. Dai was one of roughly 10 awardees out of 148 applicants.

Marc Kamionkowski Receives Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics

Prof. Marc Kamionkowski has been named one of two winners of the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics. Kamionkowski and David Spergel of Princeton University, were honored “for their outstanding contributions to the investigation of the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background, which have led to major breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe.”

JHU Astrophysicists Unveil Map of Mysterious Molecules in the Milky Way

Professor Ménard, Postdoctoral Fellow Gail Zasowski, Ph.D. student Ting-Wen Lan, and other JHU astrophysicists have unveiled a new map of mysterious molecules in our galaxy using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The map of diffuse interstellar bands is the first of its kind.