Department News Archive


Adam Riess to Present Department-Wide Colloquium on March 28th at 3:30

Adam Riess to Present Department-Wide Colloquium on March 28th at 3:30
This week’s department-wide colloquium, on Thursday, March 28th, will be given by our own Adam Riess, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, senior member of the science staff at STScI, and 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics. His title is “A New Measurement of the Expansion rate of the Universe: Hints of New Physics?” The talk will take place at 3:30 […]


Kirsten Hall Selected to Participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Kirsten Hall Selected to Participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Congratulations to Ph. D. student Kirsten Hall, who has been selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting taking place from June 30th to July 5th 2019 in Lindau, Germany. Only the 600 most qualified young scientists are given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate […]


Prof. C. Megan Urry Elected a Member of the JHU Society of Scholars

Prof. C. Megan Urry Elected a Member of the JHU Society of Scholars
Prof. C. Megan (Meg) Urry has been elected a member of the JHU Society of Scholars. She received her PhD at JHU in 1984. She was a member of the senior science staff for many years at the Space Telescope Science Institute, before moving to Yale where she served as Chair of the Physics Department. […]


Brice Ménard Receives President’s Frontier Award

Brice Ménard Receives President’s Frontier Award
On Tuesday afternoon, Associate Professor Brice Ménard, received the $250,000 President’s Frontier Award to support his exploration of new ways to analyze astronomical data. He said it was unexpected to see university President Ronald J. Daniel Provost Sunil Kumar, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Dean Beverly Wendland, and other colleagues walk into the classroom […]


Melissa Diamond Named 2019 Gardner Fellow

Melissa Diamond Named 2019 Gardner Fellow
Melissa Diamond has been awarded the Gardner Fellowship in our department. Diamond is a third-year student working with David Kaplan. Her current research is focused on a project analyzing how polarized light from AGNs or other objects could be used to detect particles/fields with axion-like couplings to photons.


Society of Physics Students’ National Office Names JHU Outstanding Chapter

Society of Physics Students’ National Office Names JHU Outstanding Chapter
The National Council of the Society of Physics Students has awarded the Johns Hopkins University SPS Chapter a 2017-2018 Outstanding Chapter. Chapter designations are determined by carefully reviewing the information, photos and supporting material presented in the annual SPS Chapter Reports.


Vivian Poulin Leads Cosmology Theorists in Paper Concerning “Hubble Tension”

Vivian Poulin Leads Cosmology Theorists in Paper Concerning “Hubble Tension”
Postdoctoral fellow Vivian Poulin, along with graduate student Tanvi Karwal, Professsor Marc Kamionkowski, and Tristan Smith, of Swarthmore College, have published a paper that offers a resolution to one of cosmology’s biggest crises: “Hubble Tension.” The team of theorists point to a new exotic form of matter in the early universe as a possible solution […]


Jason Kalirai Named Civil Space Mission Area Executive at APL

Jason Kalirai Named Civil Space Mission Area Executive at APL
Jason Kalirai, a member of the department’s Center for Astrophysical Sciences, has been named mission area executive for civil space programs at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. His research program has included use of major telescopes on and above Earth, including the 10-meter Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. […]


Cristina Mantilla Suarez Selected as LHC Physics Center’s Graduate Scholar

Cristina Mantilla Suarez Selected as LHC Physics Center’s Graduate Scholar
Graduate student Cristina Mantilla Suarez has been selected as one of the two LHC Physics Center’s Graduate Scholars for 2019. This program is aimed to support exceptional Graduate Students from the US institutions working on the CMS experiment at CERN, by allowing them to spend a year at Fermilab to pursue thesis research opportunities at the LHC […]


Kevin Schlaufman Discovers One of the Oldest Stars in the Universe

Kevin Schlaufman Discovers One of the Oldest Stars in the Universe
Assistant Professor Kevin Schlaufman was recently featured on The Hub for his recently published paper, “An Ultra Metal-poor Star Near the Hydrogen-burning Limit” in The Astrophysical Journal. Schlaufman and co-authors have discovered a star that could be one of the oldest in the universe—at 13.5 billion years old, it could be as little as one generation […]