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Marc Kamionkowski Shares in Excitement Over Big Bang Breakthrough

A team of observational cosmologists may have found evidence that cosmic inflation occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang by detecting a signature pattern that was predicted 18 years ago by our own cosmologist and theoretical physicist Marc Kamionkowski.


“Particle Fever” Reviewed in the New York Times

“‘Particle Fever’ is a fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientists… The film is a tribute to the creativity and curiosity that drive scientific research, which is shown to be an imaginative as well as an empirical pursuit.” Click to read the full review.


Jared Kaplan and Tyrel McQueen Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Jared Kaplan, assistant professor of particle physics, and Tyrel McQueen, assistant professor of chemistry with a joint appointment in the physics department, recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship, given annually to young scientists showing promise in their research areas.


Physics and Astronomy Post-Doc Wins Research Award

Kate A. Ross

Kate A. Ross, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the recipient of the 2014 Prize for Outstanding Student Research, given by the Neutron Scattering Society of America. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the field by students who have performed much of their work at North American neutron facilities.


Stephen Murray Elected to AAAS

Four Johns Hopkins University researchers are among the 388 new fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The School of Arts and Sciences honoree is Stephen Murray, who conducts research in high-energy astrophysics and X-ray astronomy.


FORTIS Takes Flight on Mission to Analyze Comet ISON

The adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is apt advice in a host of life’s challenges but none more timely than the launch of FORTIS, a NASA-funded sounding rocket, that took flight before dawn on November 20 from a New Mexican desert. JHU astrophysicist Stephan McCandliss along with his team of […]


Dr. Jason Kalirai Selected as One of Baltimore’s Future Visionaries

Astronomer Dr. Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has been cited by Baltimore Magazine as one of the “top 40 under 40” up-and-comers in the Baltimore metropolitan region. The selection, which the magazine does every five years, looks at young Baltimore professionals in a diversity of fields who in the editor’s opinion […]


Andrei Gritsan Discusses Nobel-Winning Find

Andrei Gritsan

The department’s Andrei Gritsan is a member of a large team of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and France that, in 2012, announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle, a Higgs boson. He explains the significance of the long-sought Higgs particle and his contributions to the research that led to its discovery in July […]