Women in Physics & Astronomy Spotlight – Video Now Available

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JHU Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council welcomed three of the department’s cutting-edge scientists to share their research via Zoom. This video allows viewers to learn first-hand about the exciting research being conducted by a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and a faculty member.


Melissa Diamond
Melissa is a graduate student working with Dr. David Kaplan. Her current research is focused on a project analyzing how polarized light from AGNs or other objects could be used to detect particles/fields with axion-like couplings to photons.

Yishu Wang, PhD
Yishu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Matter and uses neutron scattering to investigate collective phenomena in quantum magnetic systems. She will discuss a unique magnetic state called spin ice in Ho2Ti2O7. Our magnetic relaxation measurements in this solid state system have revealed dynamics of magnetic monopoles that emerge from many-body correlations, in contrast to their unidentified presence in free space.

Nadia Zakamska, PhD
Nadia is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Her area of research is in Astrophysics, and she was the recipient of the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society for her work on supermassive black holes in centers of galaxies. Her current research interests are in Galactic astronomy, including exo-planets and exotic stellar binaries.