Steve Gilhool, a doctoral candidate working with Asst. Prof. Cullen Blake, was awarded an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship for 2014. Steve's research focuses on exoplanets, low-mass stars, and the development of new algorithms for measuring stellar velocities from high-resolution infrared spectra. Steve will spend the summer at the University of Tokyo, working with data from a new spectrograph on the 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope.
Prof. Antonella Grassi of Math and Prof. Mirjam Cvetic of Physics & Astronomy have received a School of Arts and Sciences Working Group grant to support interdisciplinary research. The Math and Physics departments have an extensive history of collaboration that spans the boundaries of mathematics and theoretical physics.
Answering President Amy Gutmann’s call “to address the most challenging problems through an interdisciplinary approach,”Penn’s new Evolution Cluster—officially titled the Evolution of Dynamical Processes Far from Equilibrium Cluster and led by Physics Prof. Randy Kamien—presents an innovative model for organizing research, teaching, and learning in ways that will have broad implications across the University.
The Penn Masters of Medical Physics Program (MMP) is profiled in an article in this month's SAS Frontiers magazine. Adjunct Associate Professor Stephen Avery describes the program as "These approaches are all from basic physics; it's just that we're applying it to medicine. We want someone who is going to be innovative, really be a leader. We want our students to push the field forward."
Jason Rocks has just received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). The oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
On April 7, members of the Penn Department of Physics and Astronomy will host the general public in exploring the night sky through telescopes on Penn's Shoemaker Green. Special physics demonstrations and a lecture about supernovae and dark energy by Asst. Prof. James Aguirre are also on the agenda.
Prof. Mark Trodden and Assoc. Prof. Justin Khoury have obtained a NASA grant, joint with Cornell University, focussing on the prospect of connecting gravitational predictions of proposed theories of dark matter and cosmic acceleration to experimental tests of gravity and the equivalence principle from table-top searches to measurements in the solar system and binary pulsar observations.
Congratulations to three Penn Graduate students who have recently been awarded some of
the most prestigious fellowships in particle physics! Richard Bonventre,
who works on the SNO+ experiment, was awarded an Owen Chamberlain
Fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, James Saxon, who
works on the ATLAS experiment, was awarded an Enrico Fermi Postdoctoral
Research Fellowship, and Douglas Schaefer , who also works on the ATLAS
experiment received a CERN Fellowship. These awards, in addition to
Prof. Mirjam Cvetič has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts for her scientific contributions to high energy theoretical physics, in particular in the field of string theory compatification and black hole physics.