2015 News Archive

Prof. Prem Kumar Named DARPA Program Manager of the Year
December 15, 2015

Prof. Prem Kumar was recognized last week as DARPA's 2015 Program Manager of the Year.

Alumnus Koichiro Nishikawa Awarded Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize
December 10, 2015

Dr. Koichiro Nishikawa has received a Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Award for "fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond...the standard model of particle physics." Dr. Nishikawa received his Ph.D. in 1980, working with Prof. David Buchholz.

Prof. Adilson Motter Elected to the AAAS

Prof. Adilson Motter has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Motter was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the fields of complex systems and nonlinear dynamics, particularly for advances in the network modeling and control of collective dynamics in complex physical and biophysical systems. Read more from the Northwestern Newscenter.

Physics & Astronomy Welcomes Gerald Gabrielse

Prof. Gerald Gabrielse, a former chair of the Harvard Physics Department, is coming to Northwestern to found and direct a Center for Fundamental Physics at Low Energy (CFP). A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Gabrielse is world renowned for his high-precision tests of the Standard Model and its fundamental symmetries, and for starting low energy antiproton and antihydrogen physics. The Department of Physics & Astronomy is excited that the Gabrielse group and the CFP will add low energy particle physics done using novel methods from atomic, molecular, and optical physics to the many cutting edge research opportunities offered to its graduate students and postdocs. Gabrielse has prestigious awards for both his research and his teaching, and will be the department's first Board of Trustees Professor. More details are in the Northwestern Newcenter press release.

James Sauls and Erik Lujiten Appointed Co-directors of Graduate Program in Applied Physics
November 6, 2015

James Sauls and Erik Lujiten will direct the Applied Physics Ph.D. program, a collaboration between WCAS and McCormick including departments of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and computer Science, and Materials Science & Engineering. There are currently 41 students in the program.

Vicky Kalogera Elected to LSSTC Executive Board
November 5, 2015

Prof. Vicky Kalogera has been elected to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation’s (LSSTC) Executive Board of Directors. In this capacity, Dr. Kalogera will participate in the oversight and administration of the Corporation. Learn about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

Vicky Kalogera Awarded APS 2016 Bethe Prize
October 12, 2015

E.O. Haven Professor and CIERA director Vicky Kalogera has been awarded the 2016 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society. This annual award recognizes outstanding work in astrophysics and Prof. Kalogera is the first woman to receive the honor. She will be honored with this prestigious prize at a reception ceremony during the April, 2016 meeting of the APS.

Shane Larson Elected APS Fellow
October 7, 2015

Shane Larson, Research Associate Professor and Astronomer at Adler Planetarium, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His citation commends him for "Impacting science and society through the integration of public engagement and research, and for empowering generations of future scientists by his example."

Jens Koch Lectures at the Center for Quantum Technology and the Kavli Institute
September 30, 2015

Jens Koch co-organized and lectured at the international research workshop "Nonequilibrium physics of driven-dissipative many-body systems," hosted by the Center for Quantum Technology at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, 21-25 September, 2015. Prof. Koch is also an invited lecturer at the workshop "Many-body physics with light," hosted by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

James Sauls Named Visiting Scholar at Institute for Materials Science, LANL
September 30, 2015

James Sauls is named Visiting Scholar of the Institute for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prof. Sauls will deliver lectures on frontiers in hybrid quantum materials and devices, and on electrodynamics of topological superconductors at Los Alamos.

1700 People Attend Rooftop Viewing of Lunar Eclipse

In the largest public viewing event hosted by CIERA, 1700 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended a viewing of the total lunar on September 27. The eclipse was especially noteable because it occurred during a time the moon was a supermoon. The Northwestern Newscenter and The Daily Northwestern both reported on the event.

CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera to Join National Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
September 25, 2015

CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera has accepted an invitation to serve on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the National Research Council. The CAA’s purpose is to support scientific progress in astronomy and astrophysics and assist the federal government in integrating and planning programs in these fields. It is a joint committee of the Space Studies Board and the Board on Physics and Astronomy under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Motter Group to Host Network Frontier Workshop
August 26, 2015

Prof. Adilson Motter's group will be hosting the third Network Frontier Workshop at Northwestern on December 6-7, 2015. The Network Frontier Workshop 2015 is a two-day event highlighting current research on network dynamics. Presentations will emphasize physical principles underlying control and collective behavior in networks of dynamical systems, as well as network problems in biological, ecological, social, and physical systems.

Faucher-Giguère's Work on Galactic Evolution Featured in Northwestern Discover Research at Northwestern

Claudé-Andre Faucher-Giguère has performed breakthrough calculations that shed light on how galaxies form. Read the full article here.

Fred Rasio and Carl Rodriguez Predict Detection of More Merging Black Holes than Previously Thought

Colliding black holes release energy as gravitational waves, a phenomenon that will soon be observable when the the first gravitational wave detectors come online. In a study published in Physical Review Letters this week, Prof. Fred Rasio and graduate student Carl Rodriguez predict that the number of merging black holes will be greater than previously thought. Read more at the Northwestern Newscenter

Mel Ulmer and Hooman Mohseni awarded Keck Foundation Grant

Prof. Mel Ulmer and Prof. Hooman Mohseni, along with external collaborator Olivier Guyon of the Subaru Telescope, have been awarded a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation. The team will develop a fast, ultra-sensitive camera that could be the first to directly image light reflected by planets outside our solar system and help scientists in their search for life on Earth-like exoplanets. Read more at the Northwestern Newscenter.

Xiaowen Chen Wins ISP Thesis Award
June 4, 2015

Xiaowen Chen has received the Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis from Northwestern’s Integrated Science Program (ISP) for her senior thesis entitled “Fractal Geometry of Undriven Dissipative Systems”. Xiaowen is an undergraduate majoring in Physics, Mathematics, and ISP, and has performed her research on transient chaos in Prof. Adilson E. Motter’s group. She is graduating this spring and will join Princeton University in the fall to pursue her graduate studies in physics.