News

Robert Regan Recieves Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
May 2, 2017

Vicki Kalogera Receives Walder Research Award  
May 1, 2017

Joseph Cordero Mercado Wins NSF GRFP
March 20, 2017

Graduate student Joseph Cordero Mercado has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award for his proposal titled "Controlled Chemistry with Single-Particle Resolution in a Hybrid Trap."

Claude-André Faucher-Giguère wins NSF CAREER AWARD
March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017 - Prof. Faucher-Giguère has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his proposal "The Physics of Stellar Feedback and Star Formation Regulation in Galaxies"

Prof. John Ketterson publishes book - The Physics of Solids
March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017 - The Physics of Solids by J. B. Ketterson was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Prof. Bill Halperin and Prof. Jim Sauls Win Fritz London Memorial Prize
February 20, 2017

Prof. Prem Kumar Recieves Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service
February 8, 2017

After four years of service as Program Manager, Defense Science Office, Prem Kumar has been recognized for Outstanding Public Service.

Conditions right for stars, planets near Milky Way’s supermassive black hole  
February 1, 2017

Blobs of gas near the Milky Way’s center may be just the right mass to harbor young stars and possibly planets, too. Any such budding stellar systems would face an uphill battle, developing only about two light-years from the galaxy’s central supermassive black hole with its intense gravity and ultraviolet radiation. But it’s not impossible for the small stars to survive in the hostile place, a new study suggests.

Graduate Student Katie Breivik Receives Chambliss Graduate Student Prize Honorable Mention
January 31, 2017

Supernova News from Assistant Professor Raffaella Margutti
January 24, 2017

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory featured the work of Raffaella Margutti in a press release on the significance of supernova SN 2014C, a "chameleon supernova."

Eric Dahl Receives PCASE Award
January 9, 2017

Senior Daniel Kinch Named 2016 Marshall Scholar  
December 6, 2016

Senior Daniel Kinch has been named a 2016 Marshall Scholar. He will explore the relationship between physics and math as it applies to string theory when the scholarship takes him to England for two years.

Written in the Stars: Couples Podcast Featuring Vicky Kalogera and Fred Rasio  
December 5, 2016

Astrophysicists Fred Rasio and Vicky Kalogera actively avoid collaborating on research. That decision once came into play in the announcement of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science.

Adilson Motter Receives Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award
October 20, 2016

This award will support study of the temporal order of gene knockouts. Prof. Motter will collaborate with systems biologist Kimberly Reynolds of the University of Texas-Southwestern.

Brian Odom Named Faculty Director of Research Shop
October 20, 2016

Associate Professor Brian Odom will direct the Research Shop, a modernized core facility scheduled to open in summer 2017.

Rebecca Diesing Selected as Oliver Marcy Scholar for 2016-17
September 28, 2016

CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Sampson Selected for L'Oreal Women in Science Fellow
September 26, 2016

Earlier this summer we received the news that CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Sampson was selected as a 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow. This is a competitive and prestigious honor, and, we believe the first at Northwestern.

Three Physics and Astronomy Faculty Members Make the ASG Honor Roll
September 13, 2016

Three faculty members from the department made the ASG Honor Roll for 2016-2017. Professors Jens Koch, Andrew Rivers and Michael Smutko were the recipients of this year's award. Please join the department in congratulating our professors.

Northwestern University’s Physics and Astronomy Department is rising in impact and visibility  
August 1, 2016

Over the last 15 years, Northwestern’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has emerged as a force in the field, with new researchers pushing innovative projects, compelling collaborations and groundbreaking discoveries that have elevated the standing and reach of the department.

Dearborn Observatory Featured in the Weinberg Magazine
June 24, 2016

The universe may be vast, but many of its secrets have been revealed by an 18.5-inch lens housed within Northwestern’s own Dearborn Observatory.

2016 Undergraduate Department Honors
May 24, 2016

Three faculty members from the department made the ASG Honor Roll for 2016-2017. Professors Jens Koch, Andrew Rivers and Michael Smutko were the recipients of this year's award. Please join the department in congratulating our professors.