2007 News

Junya Yagi and Dmitry Hits were presented the Richard J. Plano Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards at the recent Department Welcome Reception

This award, which includes a cash prize, is given annually to TAs who in the judgement of the faculty have demonstrated outstanding teaching excellence.

Read more about the Plano Outstanding TA Award.

Incoming junior faculty, Saurabh Jha, is a member of the supernova team that was awarded this year's Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Congratulations to Saurabh!"

Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Vitaly Podzorov was recently interviewed by Thompson Scientific, which has identified his group's highly cited papers in the forefront of research on Organic Semiconductors

The Essential Science Indicator Thompson Scientific is a resource that enables researchers to conduct ongoing, quantitative analyses of research performance and track trends in science. Covering a multidisciplinary selection of 11,000+ journals from around the world, this in-depth analytical tool offers data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals.

Read the Interview.

The Ho-Am Foundation has selected Professor Sang-Wook Cheong to be awarded one of five Ho-Am Foundation prizes this year

Cheong has won the prize for Science with a value of about 200 million won or about $200,000. It is sometimes referred to as the Korean Nobel Prize. The prize was awarded at a ceremony in Korea on June 1. The other areas are Engineering, Medicine, the Arts, and Community Service.

The foundation was set up in memory of the founder of the Samsung Group. The award honors "those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of science and culture and the enhance of the welfare of mankind." Cheong is being honored for establishing a new paradigm in the field of the physical properties of emergent materials.

Watch the video posted on the Rutgers Center for Emergent Materials website.

The 2007 Graduate School Dissertation prize was won by Craig Fennie

Craig did his research under the supervision of Karin Rabe, and is now a Nicholas Metropolis Fellow at Argonne National Lab. This is the second year in a row the award went to a physics student (last year Jeff Thomas, Jolie Cizewski's student, won).

Lev Ioffe has been awarded fellowship in the American Physical Society

Lev Ioffe has been awarded fellowship in the American Physical Society "For significant contributions to the theory of spin glasses without quenched disorder, disordered superconductors, high T_c superconductors and the discovery of Josephson networks with topological order parameters."

Joel Lebowitz has been awarded the Planck medal of the German Physical Society for his lifetime achievements

This is the most prestigious prize for theoretical physics awarded by the Society. The list of previous winners is truly impressive.

From the press release (Translated from the German) (Nov.11, 2006):
Max Planck medal goes into the USA
Awards of the German Physical Society

Bad Honnef, 15. November 2006 --- In the coming year, Joel L. Lebowitz, head of the Center for Mathematical Sciences Research at the US-American Rutgers University, is going to receive the Max Planck medal, the highest honor for theoretical physics of the German Physical Society (DPG). Born in former Czechoslovakia, the expert for statistical physics will be honored for his lifetime achievements. The Stern-Gerlach medal ...
It follow sections pertinent to the two medals Section: Max-Planck-Medal 2007 Subtitle: highest DPG honor for theoretical physics Prof. Dr. Joel L. Lebowitz (76), Rutgers University, Center for Mathematical Sciences Research Piscataway, US State of New Jersey it follows the citation:

"for his important contributions to the statistical physics of equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems, in particular his contributions to the theory of phase transitions, the dynamics of infinite systems, and the stationary non-equilibrium states. Furthermore he is going to be honored for his promoting of new directions of this field at its farthest front, and for enthusiastically introducing several generations of scientists to the field."

It follows a brief description of JLL's achievements:
Physics of many particles: Joel Lebowitz, born 1930 in former Czechoslovakia, receives this distinction for his lifetime achievement. Throughout his scientific career Lebowitz has been concerned with fundamental topics of statistical physics. This includes heat transport, magnetism and questions of hydrodynamics. Lebowitz also pondered the phenomenon of the `arrow of time.' This is about the question why time only progresses and why physical processes generally evolve only in one direction. All these works bear on the vast field of statistical physics. Its aim is to deduce macroscopic properties of many particle systems --- such as the pressure of a gas or the magnetization of a solid --- from microscopic (atomic) laws.

... This distinction consists of a gold medal
The award ceremony takes place in March 2007 during the central annual meeting of the DPG in Regensburg