Department News Archive


Two Physics Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Tim Heckman and Marc Kamionkowski are among the 198 new members elected to the 2013 class of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a group that includes past winners of the Nobel Prize; the National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; Pulitzer and Shaw prizes; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards.


Johns Hopkins Astrophysicists Join Space Mission Aimed at Solving Dark Mysteries of the Universe

Johns Hopkins Astrophysicists Join Space Mission Aimed at Solving Dark Mysteries of the Universe
Johns Hopkins astrophysicists Brice Ménard and Charles L. Bennett have been appointed to the Euclid Consortium, the international team of scientists overseeing an ambitious space telescope project designed to probe the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter. NASA, a partner in the mission, recently announced their selection to the research team for Euclid. The European Space Agency (ESA) is […]


Dr. Jason Kalirai Awarded the 2013 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

Dr. Jason Kalirai Awarded the 2013 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize
Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, has been awarded the 2013 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize. This annual prize from the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is for outstanding achievement in observational astronomy by an astronomer under the age of 36. Kalirai, 34, received the award for his contributions to the field […]


JHU Physicist Inaugural Winner of 2012 Prize of the Asian Union of Magnetics Societies

JHU Physicist Inaugural Winner of 2012 Prize of the Asian Union of Magnetics Societies
Chia-Ling Chien, the Jacob L. Hain Professor of Physics and the Director of the Material Research Science and Engineering Center at The Johns Hopkins University, is a winner of the first-ever Asian Union of Magnetic Societies Award, recognizing his “seminal contribution to magnetic materials, nanostructures, magnetoelectronic phenomena and devices.” Chien’s current research interests include fabrication […]


Johns Hopkins Chemist Wins Packard Fellowship

Johns Hopkins Chemist Wins Packard Fellowship
Johns Hopkins University chemist Tyrel McQueen has been awarded a 2012 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The fellowship is one of 16 awarded each year nationwide, and bestows unrestricted funds of $875,000 (over a five-year period) to unusually creative young faculty members in science and engineering. McQueen will use the award to […]


Astronomers Spy Distant Galaxy in Its Infancy

Astronomers Spy Distant Galaxy in Its Infancy
Discovery of a small, faint galaxy opens window into deepest, most remote epochs of cosmic history. With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes as well as a cosmic magnification effect, a team of astronomers led by Wei Zheng of The Johns Hopkins University has spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever […]


In Memoriam: Dr. Zlatko Tesanovic

In Memoriam: Dr. Zlatko Tesanovic
It is with great sadness that we report that Professor Zlatko Tesanovic passed away on July 26, 2012, of an apparent heart attack. A leading theoretical condensed matter physicist, Zlatko’s work primarily concerned high temperature superconductors and related materials. In particular, he worked on the theory and phenomenology of iron- and copper-based high temperature superconductors. He also […]


2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize Awarded to Chuck Bennett and the WMAP Team

2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize Awarded to Chuck Bennett and the WMAP Team
Building on his own pioneering contributions to the study of the early universe,Charles L. Bennett, along with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe team, used observations of the so-called “echo of the Big Bang,” the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, to determine the universe’s vital statistics—its age, content, geometry, and origin. This feat in turn has helped […]


JHU Astrophysicist-led Team Catches Black Hole Red-Handed in Stellar Homicide

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions times more than the Sun, lurk in the centers of most galaxies. These hefty monsters lay quietly until an unsuspecting victim, such as a star, wanders close enough […]


2012 Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award (DURA) Winners

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are designed to promote independent research projects among exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. These awards, which range from $500 to $3000, will enable undergraduates in KSAS to pursue original research, work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor, and advance knowledge for the world. […]