Recently published research by the late Professor Ronald J. Allen and PhD students Michael Busch and Philip Engelke was the focus of a Tech & Science article in Newsweek titled “Scientists Accidentally Discover Huge Galactic Structure in Space.” The research uncovered the existence of a thick disk of previously undetected molecular gas in the outer regions of our own Milky Way Galaxy. […]
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The American Physical Society has awarded Assistant Professor Danielle Speller the 2021 Stuart Jay Freedman Award in Experimental Nuclear Physics, which recognizes an outstanding early career experimentalist in nuclear physics. Speller’s citation reads,“For excellence in experimental research into the fundamental nature of matter and mass based on low-energy cryogenic detection techniques, in particular neutrinoless double […]
Assistant Professor Ibrahima Bah has been selected as a Principal Investigator of the Simons Collaboration on Global Categorical Symmetries. The collaboration brings together a group of physicists and mathematicians, working across disciplinary boundaries, to unlock the power of symmetry in its broadest, most general form. Symmetry is a powerful tool for organizing physical phenomena and […]
Graduate students Carrie Filion and Cicero Lu have been selected by NASA to receive Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) graduate fellowships. The FINESST fellowships will cover funding for three years of research for Carrie and Cicero. Carrie will use the funds to carry out her project titled, “The Low-Mass Stellar […]
Associate Professor Surjeet Rajendran has been selected as one of the sixteen scientists in the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland to win a Simons Investigator award this year. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive a stable base of research support from the foundation, enabling them to undertake the long-term study of fundamental […]
Researchers that are part of the Institute for Quantum Matter, housed within the department, have found a material with an unusually pristine nature that could be crucial for developing powerful new quantum technologies and discovering new phases of matter. The single crystalline material CeRu4Sn6 appears to be naturally quantum critical without any external influences.
Associate Professor Nadia Zakamska has received the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences 2020-21 Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was based on nominations from students, alumni, faculty, and staff who highlighted Dr. Zakamska’s continued ability to engage and inspire students, build community, and foster relationships outside of the classroom. Below are two quotes from […]
Faculty from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, including Bloomberg Distinguished Professor David Sing, who is also a member of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and P&A Assistant Professor Kevin Schlaufman, explain how planets outside of our solar system are created and discovered—and whether life might exist on them.
Jan Vincent Vandenberg, a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist and systems architect who made astronomical images accessible to the public and helped catapult citizen science forward, passed away on May 13, 2021.
Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named a team of Sloan Digital Sky Survey members the recipients of the 2021 SIGMOD Systems Award. The citation reads “…Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an early and influential demonstration of the power of data science to transform a scientific domain. Not […]