Faculty from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, including Bloomberg Distinguished Professor David Sing, who is also a member of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and P&A Assistant Professor Kevin Schlaufman, explain how planets outside of our solar system are created and discovered—and whether life might exist on them.
Department News Archive
Jan Vincent Vandenberg, a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist and systems architect who made astronomical images accessible to the public and helped catapult citizen science forward, passed away on May 13, 2021.
Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named a team of Sloan Digital Sky Survey members the recipients of the 2021 SIGMOD Systems Award. The citation reads “…Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an early and influential demonstration of the power of data science to transform a scientific domain. Not […]
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Marc Kamionkowski has been awarded the 2021 Gruber Cosmology Prize, along with Uroš Seljak of the University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Matias Zaldarriaga of the Institute for Advanced Studies, for their contributions to methods essential for studying the early universe through analysis of the […]
JHU’s Hub highlights the research of graduate student Hsiang-Chih Hwang and Associate Professor Nadia Zakamska.
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alex Szalay is featured in this article from The Economist, “Cancer research – Mapping cancer as if it were the universe,” on how techniques from astronomy are being applied to medicine.
The department is pleased to announce physics major Turner Woody as recipient of the 2021 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. Congratulations, Turner!
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. Justin Otter is awarded the Agnew Prize for Excellence in Teaching for his fall 2020 performance in introductory physics, where he prioritizes students’ success and clear communication and […]
Second year graduate student Erwin Tanin has been awarded an International Student Prize Fellowship by the department. Tanin is working in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology with David Kaplan and Surjeet Rajendran, and has published two papers during his time at JHU. Currently, Tanin is focusing on theoretical ideas for dark energy. Furthermore, Tanin has also […]
Graduate student Hsiang-Chih Hwang and Associate Professor Nadia Zakamska are part of the research team that has published an article in Nature Astronomy titled “A hidden population of high-redshift double quasars unveiled by astrometry.” The study presents the discovery of two supermassive black hole pairs in the early universe. Professor Zakamska’s “Behind the Paper” article […]