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Winners of 2022 Student Prizes

Winners of 2022 Student Prizes

May 16, 2022

On May 16, 2022, the department celebrated the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students with awards presentation:

Rhodes Scholarship
An international postgraduate award to study at the University of Oxford
  • Maya Burhanpurkar
  • Elizabeth Guo
  • Samantha O’Sullivan

Hertz Fellowship
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Winners of 2021 Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching (Q Awards)

Winners of 2021 Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching (Q Awards)

April 28, 2022

Congratulations to our recipients of Spring & Fall 2021 Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching (Q Awards)!

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) give teaching awards to lecturers and preceptors, graduate student TFs and TAs, and undergraduate CAs. These awards are based on an overall score of 4.50 or higher with a minimum of 5 evaluations on the Q section evaluations.

The Bok Center hosts receptions...

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Harvard and MIT Physicists Steer Chemical Reactions by Quantum Interference

Harvard and MIT Physicists Steer Chemical Reactions by Quantum Interference

March 14, 2022

Hyungmok Son, a recent Harvard Physics Ph.D graduate, and his colleague at Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA) have developed a new approach to control the outcome of chemical reactions at the quantum level. Traditionally, chemical reactions are controlled with temperature and chemical catalysts, but more recently, with external electromagnetic fields. For instance, researchers of Doyle group at Harvard University suppressed reactive collisions between CaF molecules by applying microwaves.

In the new study by Son et al., an external magnetic field was used to...

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Julia Mundy

Mundy Awarded 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship

February 15, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Julia Mundy on being awarded 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships!

From Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Press Release:

(New York, NY) – The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation today announces the names of the 118 early-career researchers who have been selected to receive a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor extraordinary U....
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Prof. Howard Berg

Howard C. Berg Memorial Minute

February 14, 2022

 

HOWARD CURTIS BERG
BORN: March 16, 1934
DIED: December 30, 2021

Howard C. Berg, Herchel Smith Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Emeritus, died on December 30, 2021, at age 87. Berg, through five decades of study of bacterial motile behavior, helped establish foundations for modern quantitative biology.

Howard Berg was born in Iowa City. His father, Clarence Berg, was a biochemist at the University of Iowa. Berg entered the California Institute of Technology intending to become an electrical...

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Three Harvard Physics Seniors Awarded 2022 Rhodes Scholarships!

Three Harvard Physics Seniors Awarded 2022 Rhodes Scholarships!

December 6, 2021

Thee Harvard Physics Seniors, all women, were awarded 2022 Rhodes scholarships: Maya Burhanpurkar, Elizabeth Guo, and Samantha O’Sullivan.Maya Burhanpurkar majors in Physics and was inducted into the national Phi Beta Kappa honour society. Her academic interests include algorithmic fairness, data privacy, and machine learning. Her recent work spans biologically-inspired techniques for enhancing neural network adversarial robustness, statistical methods for detecting topological phase transitions in materials, and deep convolutional neural networks for...

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Cumrun Vafa

Cumrun Vafa Receives Mustafa Prize in All Areas of Science and Technology

October 25, 2021

Prof. Cumrun Vafa has been awarded a Mustafa Prize in All Areas of Science and Technology in a ceremony held on October 21, 2021, in Tehran (Iran) for his work on F-theory. He shares this award with Prof. Zahid Hasan from Princeton University.

The Mustafa Prize is a science and technology award granted biennially to the top researchers and scientists of the Islamic world, in four categories: “Life and Medical Science and Technology”, “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, “...

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Mikhail Lukin Wins the Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries 

October 15, 2021

Prof. Mikhail Lukin won the Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries "for contributions to quantum information science, sensing, and physics, including the development of Rydberg atom-based quantum simulators."

Norman Foster Ramsey, a Harvard physics professor for most of his career and a Nobel Laureate in Physics (1989), was an outstanding figure in the...

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