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Rosemary Wyse Named 2016 Blaauw Professor; Will Give the Blaauw Lecture

Prof. Rosemary Wyse has been named the 2016 Blaauw Professor, and will give the Blaauw lecture. This annual lecture is hosted by the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen. The citation reads: “She is a world-leading authority on the formation, evolution, structure, and dynamics of our own Milky Way galaxy and its satellites.”


Astrophysicists argue Fast Radio Bursts could provide clues to Dark Matter

Graduate student Julian Muñoz, postdoc Ely D. Kovetz, Prof. Marc Kamionkowski, and recent Ph.D. alum Liang Dai, have published a paper in Physical Review Letters that proposes a clever new way of shedding light on the mysterious dark matter believed to make up most of the universe using fast radio bursts.


Four Early-Career Faculty Members Receive 2016 Catalyst Awards

Prof. Jared Kaplan, Prof. Tobias Marriage, Prof. Tyrel McQueen, and Prof. Nadia Zakamska have each received Catalyst Awards and $75,000 grants for their innovative, faculty-led research endeavors. The program is open to any full-time faculty member who was first appointed within the last three to 10 years.


Charles Bennett selected as recipient of International “Space Science Award”

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.


Nobel Laureate Adam Riess Named 22nd Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Prof. Adam Riess, an internationally renowned observational cosmologist working on the measurement of the expansion of the universe and a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, has been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University. The professorships are supported by a $350 million gift to the university by Johns Hopkins alumnus, […]


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 Offer Hypothesis about Black Hole Binary Detected by LIGO

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?