Department News Archive

Peter Armitage Awarded the 2016 Ludwig-Genzel Prize

N. Peter Armitage

Associate Professor Peter Armitage has been awarded the 2016 Ludwig-Genzel Prize. This prize “is awarded to a young scientist for exceptional contribution to the field of condensed matter spectroscopy.” The prize selection committee selected Armitage for “the development and application of low-frequency electrodynamic probes to quantum correlated matter.”

Remembering Professor Cal Walker, Former Chair of the Department

On January 15, 2016, The Johns Hopkins University lost Professor James Calvin “Cal” Walker, an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to cancer. Please click here to read a remembrance of Professor Walker.

Undergraduate Physics Majors Excel at University Physics Competition

Physics majors Chenxiao Zeng, Duan Li, and Ethan Lee each received a silver medal for their team performance in the 2015 University Physics Competition. As part of the competition, the team wrote a formal paper within a 48-hour deadline describing a plan to terraform Mars into a habitable planet.

Marc Kamionkowski Appointed the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship

Marc Kamionkowski has been appointed as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in the department. The professorship was created to promote Kenan’s strong interest in enhancing student-teacher relationships at prominent educational institutions through the creation of chairs in his memory. Click here for more information.

Charles Bennett named Bloomberg Distinguished Professor; direct Space@Hopkins

Prof. Charles “Chuck” Bennett, currently the Alumni Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Gilman Scholar, is the first Bloomberg Distinguished Professor to hold a joint appointment with the Applied Physics Laboratory. He will direct Space@Hopkins, a new space studies initiative that will unify space-related activities across the institution.

25th Anniversary of the STS-35 Astro-1Mission


Astro-1 (STS-35) was a dedicated astronomy mission on space shuttle Columbia from December 2-10, 1990. It carried three UV and one X-ray telescope into orbit. One of them was the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT), built at JHU (P&A) and APL. Click here to learn more.

Joint Appointment of Professor Taekjip “TJ” Ha

We are pleased to announce the joint appointment in our department of Prof. Taekjip “TJ” Ha. His primary appointment is as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biophysics (KSAS), the Department of Biomedical Engineering (WSE), and the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry (SOM). Click here for more information.