Department News Archive


Two Department Members Chosen for Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Two Department Members Chosen for Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Prof. Marc Kamionkowski and Associate Research Scientist Rachel Osten have been selected to steering committee for the upcoming National Academy of Sciences decadal survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics.  We are the only department with more than one member.  Andrew Driesman, from APL is also a member, so Hopkins is very well represented!


JHU Undergrads Earn First Place at International Theoretical Physics Olympiad

JHU Undergrads Earn First Place at International Theoretical Physics Olympiad
David Carcamo, Ross Dempsey, Wenzer Qin, and Katherine Xiang earned first place in the 2019 International Theoretical Physics Olympiad for Undergraduates. The team solved 6 challenging problems on modern research topics within a 24-hour time frame. The JHU team outlasted over twenty other competitors in this year’s competition.


Adam Riess Featured on NPR’s On Point Radio

Adam Riess Featured on NPR’s On Point Radio
Prof. Adam Riess was a guest on NPR’s On Point Radio this morning to discuss his new research about the age of the universe. Listen to the interview via the link above!


Brice Ménard Leads the Johns Hopkins Helium Balloon Project to Great Heights

Brice Ménard Leads the Johns Hopkins Helium Balloon Project to Great Heights
A team of Johns Hopkins students led by Prof. Brice Ménard recently launched cameras and other devices more than 16 miles into the Earth’s atmosphere to collect data, then tracked and recovered the payload nearly 50 miles away. The May 4 flight came down among the confused employees and patrons of the Greystone Golf Course. […]


Joe Silk Awarded the 2019 Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Joe Silk Awarded the 2019 Gruber Prize in Cosmology
Homewood Professor Joe Silk has been awarded the 2019 Gruber Prize in Cosmology, along with Nick Kaiser. The citation reads: “Through different but complementary approaches to the same problems in cosmology, Nicholas Kaiser and Joseph Silk provided the theoretical basis and new methodologies for making and interpreting many of the observations that have redefined our […]


Graduate and Undergraduate Students Receive Annual Department Awards

Graduate and Undergraduate Students Receive Annual Department Awards
Graduate Student Awards Gardner Fellowship:  Melissa Diamond The Gardner Fellowship was founded by William Gardner (Ph.D., ’68), who received his Ph.D. in physics under Prof. Warren Moos and had a successful career in fiber optics and telecommunications at Bell Laboratories. Gardner now generously provides support for one of the department’s highest priorities-enabling graduate students to […]


Marc Kamionkowski Named to National Academy of Sciences

Marc Kamionkowski Named to National Academy of Sciences
Marc Kamionskowski was among 100 new members and 25 foreign associates to be selected for membership to the National Academy of Sciences this year. The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Kamionkowski was honored for his research focuses primarily on […]


Physics Fair This Saturday, April 27, 11AM – 5:30PM

Physics Fair This Saturday, April 27, 11AM – 5:30PM
This Saturday, April 27th, is the department’s 16th annual Physics Fair! Bring your friends and family to enjoy a day of science, food, and fun — there’s a 0% chance of rain and a forecast high temperature of 17.778°C! The fair offers over 200 hands-on physics demonstrations, Two (2) Professor Extraordinaire Shows, The Science Challenge […]


Prof. Marc Kamionkowski Invited to Give Halley Lecture at Oxford University

Prof. Marc Kamionkowski Invited to Give Halley Lecture at Oxford University
Prof. Marc Kamionkowski has been invited to give the Halley Lecture at Oxford University. This lecture is named for Edmond Halley, for whom the comet is named and is intended to honor scientists who have made important contributions to astronomy or geophysics. Prof. Kamionkowski’s talk will be held 19 May 2019 and will be titled, […]


France Córdova to Present Robert Resnick Lecture on Thurs., April 11 @ 3:30

France Córdova to Present Robert Resnick Lecture on Thurs., April 11 @ 3:30
France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, will present the department’s annual Robert Resnick Lecture on Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 PM in Schafler Auditorium. Córdova is an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)