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Nigel Lockyer named Fermilab Director

Penn Adjunct Professor of Physics Nigel Lockyer has been named the next Director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  A Fellow of the American Physical Society and 2006 winner of the APS Panofsky Prize, Nigel is the Director of Canada's TRIUMF laboratory for nuclear and particle physics and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia.  In early September he will assume the role of Fermilab Director where he will develop strategy for the nation's premier laboratory for particle physics and shepherd a new generation of experiments.

B-meson oscillations at CDF

An article in this month's Physics Today magazine describes the CDF collaboration's measurement of Boscillations. The plot shown in the article is derived from a published plot of Penn post-doc, Aart Heijboer, working in Prof. Joe Kroll's group at the time.  This is one of the major results in hadron collider physics of the last 30 years.

Math/Physics/Astronomy Library CLOSED for renovation

Math/Physics/Astronomy Library CLOSED for renovation effective June 11 - Aug. 5, 2013.  Please return books to Van Pelt Library, Engineering Library, or any other Penn Library.  Questions?  Call Van Pelt Circulation Desk:  (215) 898-7566

TechConnect National Innovation Award

Graphene Frontiers, a company co-founded by Prof. Charlie Johnson, received a 2013 TechConnect Innovation Award at the TechConnect National Innovation Showcase May 14-15 in Washington, DC.  These awards select the top early-stage innovations from around the world through an industry-review process based on the potential positive impact the technology will have on a specific sector of industry.  The company also won the Best Materials Company and People's Choice Award at the New Jersey Council Venture Conference in March 2013.

GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation Winners

Rajatesh GudibandeJohn QiRajatesh Gudibande and Zhenqing John Qi were awarded a fellowship from GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation.  Their winning proposal was entitled

Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Awards 2013-2014

We are pleased to announce the following have been named Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge awardees for 2013-2014:

Dahlia R. Klein,* '15, Biophysics, Chemistry and Physics majors, submatriculation in Chemistry

Julia Steinberg, '14, Physics major, submatriculation in Physics

A Multidimensional Mind

Prof. Vijay Balasubramanian is featured in the May 24, 2013 issue of Penn Arts & Sciences magazine.  The article covers Vijay's multi-discipline interests in string theory, black holes, the limits of Occam's Razor, and how the brain works.  See the article here.

Physics, Engineering and Origami

A Penn team led by Prof. Randy Kamien just won a $2 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation.  The program draws from the Japanese art of paper cutting and folding to make new materials that self-organize into structures that could be used in applications as disparate as drug-delivery to emergency shelters.  The Penn Current has a story on the grant. 

Mathematics and P&A Faculty Simons Award

Two University of Pennsylvania professors have won the chance to pursue their research full-time for the next academic year. The Simons Foundation has awarded fellowships to Mirjam Cvetic of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Ron Donagi of the Department of Mathematics, both in the School of Arts and Sciences. They will receive funded year-long sabbaticals from classroom teaching and academic administration.

Randy Kamien named Simons Investigator

Prof. Randy Kamien has been named a 2013 Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation.  This appointment is in recognition of the promise of his research.  The appointment comes with significant yearly research support as well as an annual fund for the department and a fund for indirect costs to the School of Arts and Sciences.  This marks the second such award for the department in the first 2 years of the existence of the Simons Investigator awards.