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Prof. Argüelles-Delgado Named One of "10 Scientists to Watch" by Science News

October 14, 2022

Every year, Science News choses 10 early- and mid-career scientists who have potential to shape the science of the future and solve some of the world’s biggest problems as their 10 Scientists to Watch. The nominations come from Nobel laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and past SN 10 scientists. This year, other scientists and the wider public were invited to submit the...

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Prof. Mitrano Receives 2022 Early Career Research Program Award from DOE

June 9, 2022

Prof. Matteo Mitrano is one of the 83 award recipients of the 2022 Early Career Research Program selected by the Department of Energy. The program "is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. These awards are a part of the DOE’s long-standing efforts to develop the next generation of STEM leaders who will solidify America’s role as the driver of science and innovation around the world."

Probing the nonequilibrium spin...

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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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