Department News Archive

Eight Scientists from the Department Offer Hypothesis that the Black Hole Binary Detected by LIGO May Be a Signature of Dark Matter

In an new article published in Physical Review Letters , eight scientists within the department suggest a plausibility argument for an abiding mystery in astrophysics. Did the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) actually find a signature of dark matter in February? Find out more about the published article led by postdoctoral fellow Simeon Bird here.

Nobel Laureate Adam Riess Leads Study that Demonstrates that the Universe is Expanding Faster than Previously Predicted Using the Hubble Space Telescope

Adam Riess

The universe appears to be expanding faster now than predicted, according to measurements of the expansion rate as seen shortly after the Big Bang, revealed in a study led by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess, the Thomas J. Barber and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Read the press release about the study here.

Timothy Heckman Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Timothy Heckman

Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor and Department Chair, Tim Heckman, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Heckman was elected to the nonprofit institution in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Prof. Megan Urry of Yale University, who received her PhD at JHU, was also newly elected.

Space@Hopkins Seed Grant Funding Available

Faculty and research scientists from across the university who are engaged in space-related research (broadly construed) are invited to apply for seed funding from Space@Hopkins, a new interdivisional initiative that unifies civilian space-related activities across the institution. Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Charles Bennett is director of Space@Hopkins. Click here for more information.

Brice Ménard Selected to Attend the 2016 Science Foo Camp at the Googleplex

Faculty member Brice Ménard has been selected to attend the annual Sci Foo Camp at Google Headquarters later this year. The invitation-only event brings together 250 individuals with diverse backgrounds in science and technology, and is designed to encourage collaboration between scientists who would not typically work together. Click here for more info.