Department News Archive


Paul Feldman Memorial Service

Paul Feldman Memorial Service
A video of Paul Feldman’s memorial service from May 14, 2022 is now available for the department.


Remembering Gabor Domokos

Remembering Gabor Domokos
Gabor Domokos, Professor Emeritus of the Physics and Astronomy Department passed away recently, shortly after his 89th birthday. He had been a member of the Johns Hopkins community since 1968. His work in particle physics spanned a number of areas, including possible algebraic properties of quarks, neutrino physics, and extracting information about BSM physics from high […]


Brian Welch Leads Hubble Discovery of Most Distant Star Ever Seen

Brian Welch Leads Hubble Discovery of Most Distant Star Ever Seen
Graduate student Brian Welch is the lead author of a Nature publication that employed the Hubble Space Telescope to detect the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the universe’s birth—the farthest individual star ever seen to date.


Arshia Jacob Receives Otto Hahn Medal from Max Planck Society

Arshia Jacob Receives Otto Hahn Medal from Max Planck Society
Arisha Jacob, a postdoctoral fellow working with David Neufeld, has received an Otto Hahn Medal, awarded annually to outstanding young researchers by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. With typically only ten awardees in the Chemistry-Physics-Technology section, this is a very competitive and sought-after accomplishment.


Danielle Speller Receives Sloan Fellowship

Danielle Speller Receives Sloan Fellowship
Assistant Professor Danielle Speller has received a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowship honors early-career science researchers who show exceptional promise in their fields. Speller’s research focuses on finding new particles and radioactive decays.


Remembering Paul Feldman

Remembering Paul Feldman
Professor Paul Feldman spent over five decades in service to the department, including a very consequential role from 1996 to 2002 as the department chair. He was a world-renowned researcher in planetary science, and especially in ultraviolet observations of the atmospheres of comets, and planets and their moons. He was respected and beloved by the […]


Chuck Bennett Receives Prestigious Rumford Prize from Academy of Arts and Sciences

Chuck Bennett Receives Prestigious Rumford Prize from Academy of Arts and Sciences
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has awarded Blooomberg Distinguished Professor Charles L. Bennett one of the oldest and most celebrated awards in science, the Rumford Prize, an honor Bennett now shares with Thomas Edison, Enrico Fermi and Henry A. Rowland. Bennett led the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, which ‘transformed our view of the […]


Investor Bill Miller gives $50M to Johns Hopkins Department of Physics and Astronomy

Investor Bill Miller gives $50M to Johns Hopkins Department of Physics and Astronomy
Miller's $50 million commitment will fund endowed professorships, postdoctoral fellowships, and graduate research, and will provide ongoing support for research infrastructure. His gift also served as the impetus for two anonymous donors to support the department as well, expanding to $75 million the funding to advance key areas of physics research.


Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alex Szalay Receives Life Sciences Award for Astropath Cancer Mapping Technology

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alex Szalay Receives Life Sciences Award for Astropath Cancer Mapping Technology
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alex Szalay and Kimmel Cancer Center pathologist Janis Taube, M.D., M.Sc., received a Life Sciences 2021 award for AstroPath at this year’s Falling Walls Science Summit, an international event honoring research breakthroughs from across the globe. The Johns Hopkins submission titled “Breaking the Wall to Mapping Cancer Using Multispectral Microscopy” was selected from hundreds of […]


Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium: December 2 @ 3PM – Registration Now Open

Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium: December 2 @ 3PM – Registration Now Open
Save the date: Space@Hopkins will be holding a virtual symposium on December 2 at 3:00 PM. The event will focus on current and future civil space research, exploration, and technology, featuring NASA Leadership and JHU researchers across APL, JHSPH, KSAS, SoM and WSE. Featured speakers include: Pamela Melroy (Deputy Administrator, NASA) Groundbreaking JHU researchers, recipients of the Space@Hopkins 2020 Seed Grant Award Human […]