December 9 & 10, 2016: Workshop on New Frontiers in Gravitational Radiation
April 7 & 8, 2016: New Frontiers in Entanglement
December 3 & 4, 2015: New Frontiers in Particle Cosmology
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together experts working at the interface of cosmology, string theory and particle physics for a few days of informal talks and exchanges of ideas. The schedule will allow ample time for impromptu discussions and collaborations. Each talk includes ~60mins worth of presentation and interruptions, plus 30mins worth of questions/discussions.
CfPC Faculty Members Share in 2016 Breakthrough Prize
The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Collaboration, which includes physicists from the University of Pennsylvania, have shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The Prize was presented by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation "for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics". The $ 3 million prize is shared with four other international experimental collaborations studying neutrino oscillations: The Super-Kamiokande, KamLAND, T2K/K2K and Daya Bay scientific collaborations. The research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, 2 km underground in the Vale Creighton mine near Sudbury, Ontario, demonstrated that neutrinos change their type - or flavor - on their way to Earth from the Sun, a discovery that requires neutrinos to have a mass greater than zero. The results also confirmed the theories of energy generation in the Sun with great accuracy, solving a decades-old question known as the Solar Neutrino Problem. The Penn group, currently including CfPC members and Professors Eugene Beier and Joshua Klein, began working on the SNO project in 1987. The Penn contributions included constructing specialized electronic instrumentation for the detector's 9600 photo-sensors, and leading both the detector operations and the data analysis for the project. Over the time that SNO made its measurements, the Penn group included twenty-three scientists and a large number of undergraduate students. The award was presented at a ceremony November 8 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. The ceremony, hosted by comedian Seth Macfarlane, was broadcast live in the U.S. on National Geographic Channel, with a one-hour version of the broadcast scheduled for Fox on Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. Founded by Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist Yuri Milner, The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists - theoretical, mathematical and experimental - working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe. The prize is one of three awarded by the Breakthrough Foundation for "Outstanding contributions in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics."
Visiting Fulbright Scholar Tessa Baker wins UK "Women of the Future" Award
Dr. Tessa Baker, a postdoctoral Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fulbright Scholar spending this year in the Center for Particle Cosmology at Penn, is the 2015 winner in the Science category of the UK "Women of the Future Award". You can read more about this prestigious award at the website: Women of the Future, or by reading the press release: 2015 Women of the Future Awards - Winners Announced.
American Physical Society elections
Physics Professors Bhuvnesh Jain and Mark Trodden have been elected as Fellows of The American Physical Society.
Nobel laureate Adam Riess, of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute, will deliver the Rittenhouse Lecture on November 18, 2015.
2014 Elon Musk Lecturer: Saul Perlmutter
The 2014 Elon Musk Public Lecture took place on Friday, October 31, 2014 and was delivered by Saul Perlmutter, Astrophysicist and Professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley
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