Department News Archive


Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Astro-1

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Astro-1
December 2-10, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Astro-1 space shuttle mission (STS-35) aboard the orbiter Columbia. This mission carried the Astro Observatory into space for a dedicated ultraviolet astronomy mission, including the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT) for which JHU professor Arthur F. Davidsen was the Principal Investigator. HUT was a 0.9m telescope with a prime […]


Tim Heckman Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tim Heckman Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Tim Heckman, chair of the Department and the inaugural Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professoris, is among 489 distinguished scholars recognized this year as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected annually for their contributions to their respective fields and the body […]


Junjia Zhang Receives Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award

Junjia Zhang Receives Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award
Physics major Junjia Zhang has been selected to receive the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award for the current academic year. Junjia is working with Assistant Professor Yi Li in theoretical condensed matter physics. Provost Joseph Cooper (1991-1995) established the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award program in 1993 with a generous endowment by the Hodson Trust. The program was […]


KSAS Field Notes: Lucie Afko in the Sky with Software

KSAS Field Notes: Lucie Afko in the Sky with Software
Lucie Afko, a sophomore physics major, is featured in the “Field Notes” section of the fall 2020 edition of Arts & Sciences Magazine. The article details Lucie’s hands-on experience working with data from the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) telescope over the summer.


Women in Physics & Astronomy Spotlight – December 1, 2020, 12:30 – REGISTRATION OPEN

Women in Physics & Astronomy Spotlight – December 1, 2020, 12:30 – REGISTRATION OPEN
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Start Time: 12:30pm, End Time: 2:00pmRegistration now open Chaired by Dr. Tim Heckman, the JHU Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council is pleased to invite select alumni and friends to this virtual event featuring three of the department’s cutting-edge scientists.  This event will allow attendees to learn first-hand about the exciting research […]


Brice Ménard and Yi-Kuan Chiang Measure the Global Warming of Galaxies

Brice Ménard and Yi-Kuan Chiang Measure the Global Warming of Galaxies
Associate Professor Brice Ménard and former postdoctoral fellow in the department, Yi-Kuan Chiang, have published research in Astrophysical Journal that demonstrates how the temperature of galaxy clusters today, on average, is 10 times hotter than 10 billion years ago. “We have measured temperatures throughout the history of the universe,” said Ménard, “As time has gone […]


Jared Kaplan Creates Video Series with Scientific American

Jared Kaplan Creates Video Series with Scientific American
Associate Professor Jared Kaplan has created a new video series in conjunction with Scientific American that focuses on physics, cosmology, and quantum gravity. The three short, whimsical videos were funded by Kaplan’s National Science Foundation CAREER grant. Episode 1 is now available and is titled “Did the Universe have to the be the way it […]


IDIES/MINDS to Hold Joint Annual Symposium on Oct. 23

IDIES/MINDS to Hold Joint Annual Symposium on Oct. 23
IDIES and MINDS seek to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and invite researchers from across JHU, the government, industry, and local organizations who have an interest in data science and how to apply it in their own projects or future projects to attend the symposium on Friday, Oct. 23. The symposium will include: Keynote speaker Lauren Gardner, […]


Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium Slated for Oct. 22 @ 1 PM – Registration Now Open

Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium Slated for Oct. 22 @ 1 PM – Registration Now Open
Save the date: Space@Hopkins will be holding a virtual symposium on October 22 starting at 1:00 PM EDT! The event will highlight space research across JHU divisions. Featuring talks by: Dr. Jason Kalirai (Mission Area Executive for Civil Space, APL) Hopkins’ own ASTRONAUT! Baltimore native and JHU Alumnus Captain Reid Wiseman, JHU ‘06 (NASA, U.S. Navy) Groundbreaking JHU researchers, recipients of the […]