Department News Archive


Tim Heckman Receives the 2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal

Tim Heckman, our Department Chair and Dr. A. Herman Pfund Professor, has received the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal has been awarded since 1898 for “a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.” Professor Heckman joins a long list of some of the greatest […]


David Sing Named Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

"Dr. Sing has established himself as a leader of the vanguard in exoplanet research," says Beverly Wendland, dean of the Krieger School. "We expect the new directions his discoveries will take at Johns Hopkins will add a great deal to the local and global community of scholars."


Chia-Ling Chien Elected Academician of Academia Sinica

Chia-Ling Chien
Chia-Ling Chien, the department’s Jacob K. Hain Professor of Physics, has been elected Academician of Academia Sinica, one of only five new members in the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Academia Sinica honored Chein for his outstanding achievements in condensed matter physics, nanostructures, and spintronics.


The Institute for Quantum Matter to Become an Energy Frontier Research Center

The Institute for Quantum Matter is to become an Energy Frontier Research Center. IQM will focus on the realization and understanding of new states of quantum matter: (1) Quantum Spin Liquids (2) Magnetic Weyl Semi-metals (3) Monopole Superconductors (4) Axion Insulators. IQM joins a list of 42 EFRCs that were announced today. IQM was selected at […]


Natalia Drichko’s Lab Publishes Evidence for a New Property of Quantum Matter

A theorized but never-before detected property of quantum matter has now been spotted in the lab, a team led by Associate Research Professor Natalia Drichko reports. The study findings, published online in the journal Science, show that a particular quantum material first synthesized 20 years ago, called k-(BEDT-TTF)2Hg(SCN)2 Br, behaves like a metal but is derived from organic […]


Tyrel McQueen & Jonah Erlebacher and Team Awarded 2018 JHU Discovery Award

Tyrel McQueen
A departmental team led by Tyrel McQueen and Jonah Erlebacher (WSE) has been chosen to receive a 2018 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award for their proposal, “Exotic Superconductors by Design.” The award provides grants to cross-divisional teams, which comprise of faculty and non-faculty members from at least two schools of the university, who are “poised to […]


Marc Kamionkowski and Team Awarded 2018 JHU Discovery Award

A departmental team led by Prof. Marc Kamionkowski has been chosen to receive a 2018 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award for their proposal, “In Search of the Cosmic Dark Sector.” The award provides grants to cross-divisional teams, which comprise of faculty and non-faculty members from at least two schools of the university, who are “poised to […]


Jared Kaplan Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Jared Kaplan, who has been promoted to the rank of tenured Associate Professor effective on July 1. Jared joined the faculty here as an Assistant Professor in 2012. He works on problems of theoretical physics, with special interests in effective field theory, particle physics, and cosmology, as well as formal aspects of scattering […]


Space@Hopkins 2018 Symposium – April 27, 2:30-5:30, Schafler Auditorium

The Space@Hopkins 2018 Sympoisum is happening on April 27 from 2:30-5:30PM with a reception following the event with refreshments and informal discussion. It will focus on current and future civilian space research at Johns Hopkins. The event is featuring: Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather (NASA); Commercial space industry leaders Scott Lee (Northrop Grumman), Debra D. […]