2013 News

Professor Greg Moore has been named as the recipient of the 2014 Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics

Presented every three years by the American Mathematical Society, the prize honors a work or group of works that brings mathematics and physics closer together and that appeared within the preceding six years. The prize will be awarded on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore.

Greg is honored for "his group of works on the structure of four-dimensional supersymmetric theories with extended supersymmetry." The prize citation reads: "[For] his works on supersymmetric solitons in a variety of contexts---including black holes in supergravity, branes in string theory, and monopoles in gauge theory---have led to an explanation of the wall-crossing phenomena in the BPS spectrum. Moore's research has injected new physical ideas and created new constructions in the mathematical fields of cluster algebras, integrable systems, and hyperkähler geometry."

(12-5-2013)

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Rutgers Physics & Astronomy postdoc Katherine Myers has received the American Physical Society Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics

Rutgers Physics & Astronomy postdoc Katherine Myers has received the American Physical Society Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics for her thesis research on the Qweak experiment at Jefferson Lab, under the supervision of Prof. Allena Opper of The George Washington University. Only about a dozen such dissertation awards exist, so these are very selective awards. The Qweak experiment uses parity violating electron scattering to determine the weak charge of the proton.

(12-4-2013)

Professors Eva Andrei and Karin Rabe were named Rutgers Board of Governors Professors of Physics

At the Board of Governors meeting on December 3, 2013, Professors Eva Andrei and Karin Rabe were named Rutgers Board of Governors Professors of Physics. Board of Governors Professorships are awarded to individuals whose accomplishments are recognized nationally or internationally as being consistently and unusually outstanding at a level exceeding even the extremely high standards expected of faculty members who have earned Professor II designations at the University. These professorships recognize faculty members whose accomplishments are particularly outstanding and have earned the individual faculty member national or international distinction within the discipline.

Prof. Andrei is cited "her ground-breaking and highly creative contributions to the fields of low dimensional electronic systems and mesoscopic physics"

Prof. Rabe is cited for "her pioneering work in the development of computational methods for studying structural phase transitions in solids, and in the application of these methods for obtaining a deep understanding of the physics of ferroelectric materials"

Read more in Rutgers Today..

(12-3-2013)

Profile(s): Andrei, Eva Y., Rabe, Karin M.

Professor Ronald Gilman has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The AAAS selects its fellows "based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."

Read more in Rutgers Today..

(11-25-2013)

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Professor Greg Moore has been awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics by the American Physical Society

The prize recognizes outstanding publications in the field of mathematical physics. The citation reads "For eminent contributions to mathematical physics with a wide influence in many fields, ranging from string theory to supersymmetric gauge theory, conformal field theory, condensed matter physics and four-manifold theory."

Greg joins a distinguished list of previous Heineman Prize winners, including Professor Zamolodchikov, former Rutgers professor Nathan Seiberg, former NHETC post-doc Juan Maldacena, Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winners Steven Weinberg, Kenneth Wilson, Aage Bohr, Murray Gell-Mann, and Gerard 't Hooft.

More info at the APS website..

(10-02-2013)

Profile(s): Moore, Greg

Craig Fennie, former graduate student of Karin Rabe, has won a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Award

Craig is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

Craig was also a Lucent Fellow in the Department from 2004 to 2006. He won the 2007 Graduate School Dissertation prize, and since then has received national distinction, receiving a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2012, an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) NSF, 2011 and an ARO Young Investigator Award in 2010.

Read more: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/890/

(09-25-2013)

Profile(s): Rabe, Karin M.

Mohan Kalelkar establishes a new award for outstanding women physics majors

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(06-17-2013)

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Karin Rabe has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Academy is one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

Karin is the fifth member of our Department to be elected to the Academy, joining Eva Andrei, Tom Banks, Greg Moore, and Sasha Zamolodchikov.

(04-25-2013)

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Jerry Sellwood has been chosen to receive a Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research for the academic year 2012-13

Jerry Sellwood has been chosen to receive a Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research for the academic year 2012-13.

(04-11-2013)

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Two Rutgers Seniors have been awarded Gates Scholarships for graduate study at University of Cambridge

One of the students, Kelvin Mei, is a physics major who spent last summer at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, conducting research in the search for the Higgs subatomic particle.

Rutgers is the only state university to have two students selected this year.

(02-12-2013)

Rutgers Physicists, Premala Chandra, Piers Coleman, with Rebecca Flint(now at MIT) have discovered a new form of hidden "hastatic" order in the heavy-fermion compound URu2Si2

Rutgers Physicists, Premala Chandra, Piers Coleman, with Rebecca Flint(now at MIT) have discovered a new form of hidden "hastatic" order in the heavy-fermion compound URu2Si2.

(01-31-2013)

Profile(s): Chandra, Premala, Coleman, Piers

January/February 2013 issue of Discover magazine ranked the Higgs Boson story #1 for the year, and the discovery of "El Gordo" #64

About 25 Rutgers faculty, post-docs, and grad students are collaborators on CMS, one of the two LHC experiments which discovered the Higgs-like particle. Research Associate Felipe Menanteau and Professor Jack Hughes were leaders of the Chandra X-ray Observatory team which discovered El Gordo, the most massive and hottest galaxy cluster ever seen.

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(01-29-2013)

Joel Lebowitz, and Greg Moore, were selected as inaugural class members of the American Mathematical Society Fellows Program

The American Mathematical Society has instituted a new Fellows Program in late 2012, similar to that of the American Physical Society. Joel Lebowitz, who has joint appointment between the Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy Department, and Greg Moore, were selected as members of the inaugural class.

More information can be found at http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows/ams-fellows

(01-23-2013)

Profile(s): Lebowitz, Joel L., Moore, Greg