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Tyrel McQueen Named Facility Director of PARADIM Crystal Growth Facility

The National Science Foundation announced today that JHU is establishing a cutting-edge crystal growth facility as part of a national research project under the NSF’s new Materials Innovation Platform program. Prof. McQueen is the Facility Director of the effort, dubbed PARADIM — Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis and Discovery of Interface Materials.

Marc Kamionkowski elected a Fellow of the ISGRG

Marc Kamionkowski, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation. Kamionkowski was recognized, “for his contributions to contemporary cosmology and general relativity, particularly the development of the theoretical foundation for the detection of relic gravitational waves from inflation in the Cosmic Microwave Background […]

John Preskill to Give Annual Robert Resnick Lecture on March 3rd at 3:30 PM

John Preskill, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, will be delivering this year’s Robert Resnick Lecture entitled “Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier.” The talk will take place at 3:30pm on Thursday, March 3rd in Schafler Auditorium. A reception of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will immediately follow. Click here for more information.

Peter Armitage Awarded the 2016 Ludwig-Genzel Prize

N. Peter Armitage

Associate Professor Peter Armitage has been awarded the 2016 Ludwig-Genzel Prize. This prize “is awarded to a young scientist for exceptional contribution to the field of condensed matter spectroscopy.” The prize selection committee selected Armitage for “the development and application of low-frequency electrodynamic probes to quantum correlated matter.”

Remembering Professor Cal Walker, Former Chair of the Department

On January 15, 2016, The Johns Hopkins University lost Professor James Calvin “Cal” Walker, an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to cancer. Please click here to read a remembrance of Professor Walker.

Undergraduate Physics Majors Excel at University Physics Competition

Physics majors Chenxiao Zeng, Duan Li, and Ethan Lee each received a silver medal for their team performance in the 2015 University Physics Competition. As part of the competition, the team wrote a formal paper within a 48-hour deadline describing a plan to terraform Mars into a habitable planet.

Marc Kamionkowski Appointed the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship

Marc Kamionkowski has been appointed as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in the department. The professorship was created to promote Kenan’s strong interest in enhancing student-teacher relationships at prominent educational institutions through the creation of chairs in his memory. Click here for more information.

Charles Bennett named Bloomberg Distinguished Professor; direct Space@Hopkins

Prof. Charles “Chuck” Bennett, currently the Alumni Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Gilman Scholar, is the first Bloomberg Distinguished Professor to hold a joint appointment with the Applied Physics Laboratory. He will direct Space@Hopkins, a new space studies initiative that will unify space-related activities across the institution.