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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 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. 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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Harvard Launches PhD in Quantum Science and Engineering

Harvard Launches PhD in Quantum Science and Engineering

April 26, 2021

Harvard University announced today one of the world’s first PhD programs in Quantum Science and Engineering, a new intellectual discipline at the nexus of physics, chemistry, computer science and electrical engineering with the promise to profoundly transform the way we acquire, process and communicate information and interact with the world around us....

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Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang Receives the 2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

April 20, 2021

Foundation for the National Institute of Health (FNIH) has awarded Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang the ninth annual Lurie Prize for her revolutionary work developing super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging showing new spatial and functional organizations of molecules and cells. Her research lab at Harvard University pioneered both STORM and MERFISH methods of microscopy.

Each year, the FNIH recognizes outstanding achievements by a promising young scientist in biomedical research by bestowing the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award. The prize is made...

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Prof. Mundy to receive Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research

April 13, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Julia Mundy on her receipt of the 2021 Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research for her proposal, “An Interfacial Platform for Faultless Quantum Computing.”

The prize provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences that, because of its originality and high-risk approach, may not receive support through traditional funding channels. It expands opportunities for Harvard researchers to pursue ever more novel areas of inquiry, unburdened by the constraints...

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