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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.


Leaky, Star-Forming Galaxies Lead Researchers to Better Understand the Universe

In an article published Oct. 9 in the journal Science, Sanchayeeta Borthakur, Timothy Heckman, and Claus Leitherer from STScI, look at SDSS J0921+4509 to measure its radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.


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.


Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Begins September 18th

Beginning with today’s Robert Resnick Lecture presented by Rob Phillips, the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy fall 2014 colloquium series also includes colloquia with Steven Squyres, David Hammer, Natalia Toro, Shamit Kachru and Jed Buchwald. Click for more information.


Rob Phillips to Give Robert Resnick Lecture on September 18th at 3pm

Professor Rob Phillips (CALTECH) is a physicist with path breaking research in materials science and in the development of quantitative models for biological systems. He will deliver this year’s Robert Resnick Lecture at The Johns Hopkins University at 3pm on Thursday, September 18th in Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center. A reception will immediately follow.


Bruce Barnett to Retire After 50 years

Bruce Barnett

After a 50-year teaching career, including 39 years at Hopkins, Dr. Bruce Barnett will retire at the end of 2014. Barnett has contributed to major research discoveries in particle physics. He was a member of the teams that first characterized the tau lepton in 1975, the top quark in 1994 and the Higgs-Boson.