Department News Archive

Charles Bennett Selected as a Recipient of the International “Space Science Award” from the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Alumni Centennial Professor, and Director of Space@Hopkins, Charles Bennett has been selected as a recipient of the international “Space Science Award” from the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). “The COSPAR Award
honors a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to space science.” Click for more information.

David Kaplan’s Particle Fever Receives Hawking Medal for Science Communication

The documentary Particle Fever, which Professor David Kaplan produced, is among the inaugural recipients of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. In collaboration with the Starmus Festival, Stephen Hawking personally selected the awardees for “outstanding contributions in the articulation and portrayal of science to the public, within the three categories of science, art, and film.” Learn more about the award here.

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.