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Particle Fever Wins Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in Journalism

Professor David E. Kaplan and the entire cast and crew involved with the production of Particle Fever were given the 2015 duPont-Columbia award for producing the documentary about the identification of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. Particle Fever was one of 14 journalistic works to win the 2015 […]

David Kaplan Named Fellow of the American Physical Society

David Kaplan

Professor David E. Kaplan has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His citation with the APS is as follows: “For contributions to models for new physics beyond the Standard Model, collider phenomenology, and dark-matter theory, and for his role as an inventive and effective leader in public outreach.”

Professor Jed Buchwald to present at department-wide colloquium series Dec 4

The department-wide colloquium series concludes this week with Prof. Jed Buchwald (Caltech) presenting “Historical Examples of Politics, Morality, Innovation and Fraud in Physical Science and Technology” in Schafler Auditorium at 3:30 on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Adam Riess shares Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Adam Riess

Prof. Adam Riess is a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of the acceleration of the expansion of the universe. Riess shares the $3M award with Saul Perlmutter (U. of California, Berkeley), Brian P. Schmidt (Australian National U.) and their research teams.

Marc Kamionkowski to present “A Telegram from the Early Universe?”

Professor Marc Kamionkowski will present a lecture open to the public at the Space Telescope Science Institute about the Cosmic Microwave Background titled “A Telegram from the Early Universe?” Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8:00 PM in Bahcall Auditorium.

Professor Natalia Toro to present at department-wide colloquium series Nov. 6

The department-wide colloquium series will this week feature Prof. Natalia Toro of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, who will present “Finding Our Place in the Universe: New Experimental Opportunities to Make Dark Matter and Discover New Forces” in Schafler Auditorium at 3:30 on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Professor David Hammer to Present “Teaching Physics as a Pursuit” Oct. 23

This week’s Physics & Astronomy Colloquium will feature Prof. David Hammer of Tufts University, who studies the learning and teaching of science, mainly physics, across ages from young children through adults. He will present “Teaching Physics as a Pursuit” in Schafler Auditorium at 3:30 on Thursday, Oct. 23.

A Hopkins-lead Study Finds a New Way to Employ the Sunyaev–Zel’dovich Effect

Prof. Tobias Marriage and Megan Gralla have found that the Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect – typically used to study large galaxy clusters – can also be used to learn about why galaxies stop building new stars. Marriage and Gralla are co-lead authors of an article in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Brice Ménard Awarded 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Prof. Brice Ménard is the recipient of a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Joining 17 other early-career scientists, Prof. Ménard will receive a grant of $875,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He plans to use the grant to fund his research about a new technique to estimate the distance of galaxies.

Leaky, Star-Forming Galaxies Lead Researchers to Better Understand the Universe

In an article published Oct. 9 in the journal Science, Sanchayeeta Borthakur, Timothy Heckman, and Claus Leitherer from STScI, look at SDSS J0921+4509 to measure its radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.