2007 News

  • Radu Roiban was awarded the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. These awards are intended to enhance the careers of young faculty members in seven fields of science: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. Roiban’s research in string theory and related fields will be strengthened by this award.
  • At the Auger collaboration meeting in Malargue, Argentina, Paul Sommers was elected co-spokesman of the International Auger Collaboration.  This is a three-year appointment at a critical time for this highest energy cosmic ray observatory. Its first major scientific results are just coming out and plans for the Northern Hemisphere Auger site are getting firmed up.
  • At the 2007 conference on General Relativity and Gravitation in Sydney, Australia, Abhay Ashtekar was elected President of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. He will serve a three-year term. Goals and plans for the first year of this term are summarized in his article in the Fall 2007 issue of Matters of Gravity.
  • Victor Taveras won a 2007 James B. Hartle prize. These international awards are made to students making best presentations at the tri-annual GRG conferences. Winners are chosen by the Scientific Program Committee from among recommendations made by Session Chairs. Victor’s talk was entitled “Quantum Extension of Space-Time and A Resolution of the Information Loss Paradox.”
  • “Beyond the Screen of Time” by Carlo Rovelli – A News and Views article in Nature Physics (PDF file)
  • Martin Bojowald and Thomas Thiemann won the prestigious 2007 Xanthopoulos Award from the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG). This tri-annual award was given for their contributions to Loop Quantum Gravity. Previous recipients include Demitrios Christodoulou, Matt Choptuik, Eanna Flanagan, Gary Horowitz, Juan Maldecena and Carlo Rovelli.
  • Clifford Will was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Dr. Will is known worldwide as one of the leading experts in using experimental and observational data to explain Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
  • The Center for Particle Astrophysics will hold a workshop on the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos and Photons on May 16-17, 2007. It will bring together experts to review recent advances and to examine future prospects for Auger, IceCube, ACTs, GLAST/Agile and other experiments aimed at understanding the nature of the highest energy sources in the Universe. The emphasis will be on the confrontation between physical models and the vast array of new data that is being accumulated. A substantial amount of time will be devoted to discussion sessions.
  • Jorge Pullin was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award will be presented during the annual AAAS meeting in San Fransisco.
  • “Physics from Geometry” by Abhay Ashtekar – A News and Views article in Nature Physics (PDF file)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez won the prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society. She will receive it at the April 2007 APS meeting. The citation says that she will receive this award “for her significant impact on the field of gravitation wave physics through her many
    important technical and scientific contributions to the Laser Interferometric Gravitation Wave Observatory (LIGO) and for communicating the excitement of this field to the scientific community and the public.”
  • Loop Quantum Gravity in the Economist (PDF file)

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