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Assistant Professor Patrick Kelly led a team of researchers that set a distance record and discovered the farthest individual star ever seen. The star, nicknamed Icarus, is 9 billion light-years away--halfway across the visible universe--and would ordinarily not be visible even to the most powerful telescopes. Gravitational lensing allowed the Hubble Space Telescope to pick out Icarus, whose official name is MACS 1149+2223 Lensed Star 1. The unique opportunity to study Icarus also allowed researchers to rule out one of the theories about the mystery of dark matter.

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Glesener receives NSF CAREER Award

Lindsay Glesener

Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Recipients will receive up to $500,000 from NSF for their projects. Her project “Focused Hard X-ray Study of Energy Releases on the Sun and Stellar Objects” is intended to form an important link between the high-energy solar and astrophysics communities, and offers an opportunity to study flares on the Sun and other stars. More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize given by the organizers of the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe scheduled to be launched on August 11, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »

Bagley wins STAR Prize

Micaela Bagley

Graduate Student Micaela Bagley received the Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize. The award is a recognition of a valuable contribution to the Euclid mission. Bagley's advisor is Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata. More »

Physics and Astronomy major wins Astronaut Scholarship

Aliza Beverage

Aliza Beverage, a junior studying the origin of stars with Professor Robert Gehrz, has been named a 2018 Astronaut Scholar. The scholarship provides $10,000 for a year of study for sophomores and juniors pursuing a research-oriented career. More »


Calendar

Monday, September 3rd
Wednesday, September 5th
1:25 pm:
Inelastic neutron scattering investigations in the series Mn5-xFexSi3 —
Nikolaos Biniskos, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS
Postdoctoral candidate
Thursday, September 6th
3:35 pm:
Walter Kohn and the Creation of Density Functional Theory —
Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Institute of Technology
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, September 7th
12:20 pm:
TBA —
Brenda Knauber
3:35 pm:
Four Facts Everyone Ought to Know About Science —
Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wednesday, September 12th
1:25 pm:
Elbio Dagotto, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thursday, September 13th
3:35 pm:
Raman Sundrum, University of Maryland College Park
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, September 14th
12:20 pm:
TBA —
Dmitry Chichinadze
12:30 pm:
Wednesday, September 19th
1:25 pm:
Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
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