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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.

Third Annual “Research Jamboree” August 27th and September 4th

As part of our welcome to incoming graduate students, the third annual Research Jamboree will take place on Wednesday 8/27 and Thursday 9/4. This is an event designed to help first and second year graduate students identify a research group for the fall semester. For a detailed schedule and more information, click here.

Rosemary Wyse Plays Key Role in Mapping Material Between the Stars in the Milky Way

Rosemary Wyse

An international team of scholars, including professor Rosemary Wyse, has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century. The article appears in the Aug. 15 issue of the journal Science.

Marc Kamionkowski Receives Prestigious Simons Foundation Award

Professor Marc Kamionkowski, who is developing theories to explain how the universe was formed, is one of six physicists who have been selected to receive a 2014 Simons Foundation Investigator award, which will provide up to $1 million to support his work.

Particle Fever Now Available on iTunes

Co-starring and co-produced by David Kaplan, Particle Fever follows the inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe by documenting the successes and setbacks in history’s largest global experiment: proving the existence of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

NASA Celebrates Anniversary of the Launch of the WMAP Space Mission Led by Charles Bennett

June 30th marks the 13th anniversary of the launch of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which was conceived to measure the oldest light in the universe. The mission, led by Charles Bennett, was featured on NASA’s website because it captured a “precise and accurate window into the history of the universe.”

Four JHU Physicists Develop a Technique for Measuring the Higgs Boson’s Half-life

Prof. Andrei Gritsan and graduate students Ian Anderson, Ulascan Sarica and Chris Martin recently attempted to measure the Higgs boson’s half-life and determined that it is at least 20 yoctoseconds. They established a technique that will be applied to larger data sets, which are needed to fully measure it. Fermilab Today covered the discovery.