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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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Caelan Brooks Receives the 2021 LeRoy Apker Award

October 15, 2021

Congratulations to G1 Caelan Brooks, the 2021 recipient of the APS LeRoy Apker Award "for the discovery of distinct dynamical regimes for coherent ultracold atoms confined in a ring-shaped lattice potential; and for developing a statistical model that depicts the formation of phenotypic patterns associated with bacterial biofilm growth."

Caelan graduated summa cum laude from Kutztown University in 2021 with a B.S. in Physics and minors in Mathematics and Spanish. She worked with Prof. Kunal K. Das on ultra-cold atoms trapped in ring-shaped lattices, demonstrating the...

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The Department Welcomes Despina Bokios, New Executive Director!

September 13, 2021

Despina Bokios is a two-time Boston University graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Administrative Sciences. She has over a decade of experience working in higher education administration, including pre- and post-award grants management, academic department oversight, and personnel management. Most recently, she worked in the BU Physics Department as the Director of Operations.

Despina enjoys working as part of a support staff team for the sciences and is excited to...

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Steven Weinberg – A Reminiscence

August 23, 2021

by Howard Georgi

Theoretical physics lost one of its most brilliant, thoughtful, influential and durable practitioners when Steven Weinberg died in July at the age of 88.  Steve came to MIT in 1969 after ten very productive years at Berkeley that established him as one of the world’s leading quantum field theorists.  He joined the Harvard faculty in 1973 as the Higgins Professor of Physics, taking over the chair held by Julian Schwinger and Percy Bridgeman before him. Legend has it that when Steve moved into Schwinger’s elegant wood-paneled office on...

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Prof. Argüelles-Delgado Receives a 2021 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics.

July 12, 2021

IceCube collaborator and Harvard physics professor Carlos A. Argüelles-Delgado is the recipient of a 2021 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics.

Young Scientist Prizes recognize the contributions of early career physicists within the subfields of each commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). The accolade consists of a certificate, medal, and a monetary award, which are usually presented biannually at the...

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Prof. Demler Awarded 2021 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

June 17, 2021

Prof. Eugene Demler was awarded this year's Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics by the Joachim Herz Foundation, the Wolfgang Pauli Centre, and the University of Hamburg.

The prize, which is awarded for outstanding research achievements in theoretical physics, goes to Demler for his work on quantum fluids and solids, and especially for his contributions to the study of ultracold atoms in optical lattices

"With Eugene Demler, we are honoring a researcher this year who has rendered outstanding services to the application of his theoretical work in experimental...

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Kang-Kuen Ni

Kang-Kuen Ni Promoted to Full Professor with Tenure

June 11, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Kang-Kuen Ni on her promotion to Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Physics, with tenure, effective July 1, 2021!

Ni left Taiwan in 2000 for the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she obtained her B.S. in physics and later earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She joined Harvard’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department in 2013. Her research is focused on creating molecules at the lowest possible temperatures and studying their chemical reactions and physical interactions....

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Prof. Julia Mundy

Prof. Mundy Receives 2021 Early Career Research Program Award from DOE

June 3, 2021

Prof. Julia Mundy is one of 83 scientists from across the nation selected by Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program. The effort, now in its twelfth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Award Abstract, Epitaxial Stabilization of Novel Superconductors for Energy Generation, Storage and Distribution:...

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