Department News Archive


Jonathan Bagger to Become CEO of American Physical Society

Jonathan Bagger to Become CEO of American Physical Society
From Philip H. Bucksbaum, President of the American Physical Society (APS), regarding Research Professor Jonathan Bagger: I have the pleasure to announce that theoretical physicist Jonathan Bagger has been selected to succeed Kate Kirby as APS CEO in 2021. Bagger is Director of TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator center in Vancouver, British Columbia. The APS Board of Directors unanimously […]


Remembering Ron Allen

Remembering Ron Allen
From Ken Sembach, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute: Dear Colleagues, It is with sadness that I inform you that our colleague and emeritus astronomer Ron Allen passed away Saturday morning. Ron joined the Institute in 1989 and had recently retired. During his tenure at STScI, he held many positions, served on numerous external […]


Alex Szalay Receives the Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize

Alex Szalay Receives the Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize
Professor Alex Szalay is one of three recipients of the 2020 Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize. The award is in recognition of Professor Szalay’s “pioneering work on demonstrating that the Dark Matter in the Universe might be a neutral, weakly interacting particle and for his contributions to data-driven, statistical cosmology.” The Viktor Ambartsumian International Science […]


Jeffrey Cummings and Sihao Cheng Author Paper on Carbon’s Origin in the Milky Way

Jeffrey Cummings and Sihao Cheng Author Paper on Carbon’s Origin in the Milky Way
Associate Research Scientist Jeffrey Cummings and graduate student Sihao Cheng are among the authors of a new study in Nature Astronomy that sheds light on carbon’s origin in the Milky Way. The paper is titled “Carbon star formation as seen through the non-monotonic initial–final mass relation.” “The findings pose new, stringent constraints on how and when carbon was […]


Graduate Teaching Awards for 2019-2020

Graduate Teaching Awards for 2019-2020
The graduate program committee recognizes an outstanding performance by co-head teaching assistants Melissa Diamond and Joshua Kable who have performed significantly above and beyond the call of duty this term, and have made major substantive contributions to the success of their extremely large course (AS.171.104, Physics for Biological Majors, nearly 400 undergraduates) this semester. Joshua Kable receives this year’s […]


Yi Li Receives 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

Yi Li Receives 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award
Assistant Professor Yi Li has been chosen as a 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award recipient. This is in recognition of her exceptional work as an early-career investigator, which embodies the spirit of discovery that defines Johns Hopkins University. The 2020 Catalyst Award honorees will each receive a $75,000 grant to support their work over the next […]


Brice Ménard Applies Deep Space Algorithm to Study Deep Earth in “Science” Publication

Brice Ménard Applies Deep Space Algorithm to Study Deep Earth in “Science” Publication
Associate Professor Brice Ménard and graduate student Dalya Baron developed a novel algorithm called the Sequencer originally intended to find interesting trends in astronomical datasets. Now, a new Science publication describes how earth scientists have harnessed the Sequencer to unveil structures deep inside the Earth, paving the way towards a new map revealing what Earth’s interior […]


Katherine Xiang Receives a Hertz Fellowship

Katherine Xiang Receives a Hertz Fellowship
Graduating Physics major Katherine Xiang has won a Hertz Fellowship. The Hertz Fellowship supports the research of PhD students who demonstrate the greatest potential to tackle the most urgent problems facing society. One of the most prestigious awards of its kind, the Hertz Fellowship supports five years of graduate research and the freedom to pursue […]


José Luis Bernal Receives Spanish Astronomical Society’s 2020 Prize for Best Thesis

José Luis Bernal Receives Spanish Astronomical Society’s 2020 Prize for Best Thesis
Postdoctoral Fellow José Luis Bernal, the department’s Davis Fellow, has been awarded the Spanish Astronomical Society’s 2020 prize for best thesis. Bernal’s thesis, “Cosmology on the Edge of the Λ-Cold Dark Matter”, was one of 16 recognized for having the greatest present and future impact in the research area.