The department is happy to announce a slew of outstanding achievements by undergraduate researchers: Grace Luettgen received an ASPIRE grant from the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Program to work with Prof. […]
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Ziwei “Peter” Hu and Yiqi “Andrew” Liu Receive 2023 Donald E. Kerr Memorial Award
The department is pleased to announce that undergraduates Ziwei "Peter" Hu and Yiqi "Andrew" Liu are joint recipients of the 2023 Donald E. Kerr Memorial Award. The Kerr Award, established in 1979, acknowledges outstanding graduating physics majors who have distinguished themselves through their performance in the classroom, their accomplishments in research, and their other positive contributions to the department.
Emanuele Berti and David Kaplan Named Simons Investigators in Physics
Professor Emanuele Berti and Professor David Kaplan, who have both been named Simons Investigators in Physics by the Simons Foundation. 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 questions. An Investigator receives research support of $100,000 per year for a period of five years. An additional $10,000 per year is provided to the Investigator’s department.
Ali Ghasemi, Neha Anil Kumar, Chris Lygouras, Bastian Pradenas, and Vladimir Strokov Receive Graduate Teaching Awards
The Graduate Program Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the most outstanding graduate student Teaching Assistants in the department with their annual graduate teaching awards. The recipients are: Excellence […]
Remembering Sam Durrance
Samuel Thornton Durrance, an astronomer who flew on two NASA space shuttle missions as a payload specialist, and who was a principal research scientist in the William H. Miller III Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1980 to 1997, died on May 5, 2023 at the age of 79. Dr. Durrance came to JHU in 1980, as one of the first team members on the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT) project led by Prof. Arthur Davidsen. HUT had been selected for development by NASA in 1978, with the intent of making multiple flights on the space shuttle. Durrance was a key player in the construction and testing of HUT and in 1984 was selected as one of two payload specialists to fly with the telescope.
Alex Szalay Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alex Szalay has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Szalay is among 143 members who have been elected to the NAS in 2023 in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Remembering Brian R. Judd, Professor Emeritus
Professor Chia-Ling Chien prepared the following remembrance of Brian R. Judd, Gerhard H. Dieke Professor Emeritus, who passed away on April 8, 2023. I was saddened to hear that Brian Judd had passed away. Long before I met Brian Judd, he was already famous during my thesis research in the 1970’s. I studied his theoretical papers on angular momentum and hyperfine interactions. To many physicists Brian Judd has been known as the “Angular Momentum Judd” in part because of his book Angular Momentum Theory for Diatomic Molecules. After I came to Hopkins, I made an appointment to see him in Rowland Hall, now Krieger Hall. I had no idea how intimating the revered physicist might be. To my relieve, Brian was mild manner, tall and handsome, soft-spoken, in jacket and tie, a true English Gentleman.
Peter Armitage Receives 2023 Brown Investigator Award
Professor Peter Armitage has received the 2023 Brown Investigator Award from the Brown Science Foundation. The elite award recognizes curiosity-driven research in chemistry and physics and supports research with up to $2 million over five years. Armitage is one of only seven recipients this year. The Brown Science Foundation, a Science Philanthropy Alliance member, is dedicated to the belief that scientific discovery is a driving force in the improvement of the human condition.
Could this copycat black hole be a new type of star?
Postdoctoral Fellow Pierre Heidmann led research co-authored with Professor Emanuele Berti and Assistant Professor Ibrahima Bah that employs simulations to suggest a hypothetical "topological soliton" that distorts space exactly as a black hole does—but behaves unlike a black hole as it scrambles and releases weak light rays that would not escape a true black hole.
Chris Anto, Stefan Arseneau, Keyi Ding, Le “Chris” Wang, and Jintong “Alice” Li Receive Summer Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards
The Summer Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) have been awarded to five undergraduates in the department who will have opportunity to work closely with JHU research advisors over the summer. […]