Department News Archive


Katherine Xiang Receives a Hertz Fellowship

Katherine Xiang Receives a Hertz Fellowship
Graduating Physics major Katherine Xiang has won a Hertz Fellowship. The Hertz Fellowship supports the research of PhD students who demonstrate the greatest potential to tackle the most urgent problems facing society. One of the most prestigious awards of its kind, the Hertz Fellowship supports five years of graduate research and the freedom to pursue […]


Peter Armitage and Collin Broholm Receive Grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to Further our Understanding of the ‘Weirdness’ of Quantum Materials

Peter Armitage and Collin Broholm Receive Grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to Further our Understanding of the ‘Weirdness’ of Quantum Materials
Professors Armitage and Broholm will each receive $1.6 million over five years to develop new techniques for measuring intrinsic quantum mechanical correlations in solids. The grants are provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative.


José Luis Bernal Receives Spanish Astronomical Society’s 2020 Prize for Best Thesis

José Luis Bernal Receives Spanish Astronomical Society’s 2020 Prize for Best Thesis
Postdoctoral Fellow José Luis Bernal, the department’s Davis Fellow, has been awarded the Spanish Astronomical Society’s 2020 prize for best thesis. Bernal’s thesis, “Cosmology on the Edge of the Λ-Cold Dark Matter”, was one of 16 recognized for having the greatest present and future impact in the research area.


Paul Gosling (BS ’03) Addresses Graduating Class During 2020 Commencement

Paul Gosling (BS ’03) Addresses Graduating Class During 2020 Commencement
Paul Gosling (BS ’03) addressed the graduating class of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy during 2020 commencement. Gosling is Environmental Systems Branch Chief, Flight Operations Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center. Professor Robert L. Leheny, Director of Undergraduate Studies, welcomes the graduating class. Congratulations JHU Physics & Astronomy Class of 2020!


Chia-Ling Chien Presented with the 2020 Achievement Award of the IEEE Magnetics Society

Chia-Ling Chien Presented with the 2020 Achievement Award of the IEEE Magnetics Society
Prof. Chia-Ling Chien has been presented with the 2020 Achievement Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Magnetics Society. This is the highest award bestowed by the IEEE Magnetics Society, given in recognition of exceptional technical accomplishments in the field of magnetics. The citation for Prof. Chien’s award reads: “For pioneering discoveries […]


Surjeet Rajendran Receives two Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Fundamental Physics Innovation Awards

Surjeet Rajendran Receives two Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Fundamental Physics Innovation Awards
Associate Professor Surjeet Rajendran is the recipient of two Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Fundamental Physics Innovation Awards this year. These awards hope to stimulate ideas on innovative ways in which emerging technologies can be used to address pressing problems in fundamental physics. The awards support a variety of ways to bring people together to […]


Sydney Timmerman and Katherine Xiang Co-recipients of the 2020 Donald E. Kerr Memorial Award

Sydney Timmerman and Katherine Xiang Co-recipients of the 2020 Donald E. Kerr Memorial Award
The Department is pleased to announce Physics majors Sydney Timmerman and Katherine Xiang as co-recipients of the 2020 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 […]


Chris Lygouras Named Newest William Gardner Fellow

Chris Lygouras Named Newest William Gardner Fellow
First year graduate student Chris Lygouras has been awarded the department’s 2020 Wiliam Gardner Fellowship. Lygouras is researching quantum materials with the Institute for Quantum Matter under the supervision of Prof. Collin Broholm.  He has already been involved in multiple research projects and will expand on these projects with the help of the Gardner Fellowship […]


Kirsten Hall Named Schmidt Science Fellow

Kirsten Hall Named Schmidt Science Fellow
Graduate student Kirsten Hall, who is working on her PhD with Professors Toby Marriage and Nadia Zakamska, has been named one of the “22 early-career scientists who comprise the third cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows, a program of Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. The new Fellows aim to harness interdisciplinary approaches to […]


Turner Woody Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Turner Woody Receives Goldwater Scholarship
Junior physics major Turner Woody has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Turner’s goal is to pursue a PhD studying the chemistry and kinematics of stars in our galaxy. His faculty mentor is Kevin Schlaufman. The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in […]