2013 News

  • Peter Meszaros has been awarded the 2013 Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. More information
  • Doug Cowen, Ty DeYoung, Peter Meszaros and the IceCube team made the cover of Science Magazine. Their article describes the discovery of the highest energy neutrino interactions observed to date and provides first evidence for an astrophysical originating high energy neutrino flux.
  • Benjamin Owen has been named an APS Fellow for his “leadership in understanding how neutron stars can produce gravitational waves, for creating better methods to search for these waves and for demonstrating how gravitational wave observations can be used to probe the structure and dynamics of neutron stars.”
  • Dr. Kazumi Kashiyama has been awarded a prestigious NASA Einstein Fellowship. The Einstein Fellowship is awarded to highly-qualified, recent postdoctoral scientists “to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos program.” Dr. Kashiyama will be hosted by the University of California at Berkeley.
  • A 43.26 minute video on Loop Quantum Cosmology appears on youtube in August 2013, based on interviews with IGC researchers.Before the Big Bang – Loop Cosmology Explained
    A youtube video by Phillip and Monica Halper (43.26 min)
  • Scientists of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, including Doug Cowen and Tyce DeYoung of the Center for Particle and Gravitational Astrophysics, have detected 28 extremely high-energy neutrinos – elementary particles that likely originate outside our solar system. Read more…..    IceCube announcement
  • Ty DeYoung has been named Deputy Spokesperson of IceCube at the IceCube collaboration meeting in May 2013.
  • The Center for Fundamental Theory will host a workshop on Cosmology and Time on April 16 and 17, 2013. It will bring together philosophers and physicists from Europe and the US to discuss fundamental conceptual issues such as whether the universe is finite or infinite and how one would know, underpinnings of inflation, nature of time (e.g., absolute versus relational; finite beginning versus eternal), the arrow of time and violation of T-reversal symmetry in nature, whether ‘time of an event’ is observable and implications of background independence on cosmology and time. For details, see http://gravity.psu.edu/events/cosmology-time/.
  • Stephane Coutu was invited to write a Viewpoint article on recent results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer by APS Physics – Spotlighting Exceptional Research. Full article
  • The Center for Particle and Gravitational Astrophysics will hold a focus session from April 12 through 14 to develop detailed plans for the next phase of the Pierre Auger Observatory. It will bring together Auger leaders from Europe, South America and the US. It will be followed on April 15, 2013 by a special IGC colloquium, honoring Paul Sommers, by Ralph Engel, entitled `Highest Energy Cosmic Rays-First Answers and New Puzzles’. All events will be held in 320 Whitmore.
  • Ping Xu was named Distinguished Professor of Mathematics.
  • Michael Eracleous was honored with the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is sponsored by the Alumni Society of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students and faculty members select among nominees.
  • The Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology will host a Neighborhood Workshop on Astrophysics and Cosmology on April 4-5, 2013. It will bring together cosmologists from CMU, Case Western, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, U of Buffalo, U Penn, and U of Pittsburgh for a lively exchange on recent developments and future observational missions. For details, see: http://www.gravity.psu.edu/events/ctoc_wkshp/index.shtml.

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