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Recently tenured faculty with Tufts president Anthony Monaco

Four Physics and Astronomy Faculty Honored at Special Event
February 2018

On February 9, 2018 Tufts President Anthony Monaco (right) congratulates recently tenured physics and astronomy faculty (left to right) Hugo Beauchemin, Peter Love, Anna Sajina and Tim Atherton whose success was celebrated at a special Board of Trustees Dinner, together with faculty and senior administrators from across the university. Congratulations to our wonderful faculty members!


Tufts Physics Alumna Wins AIP Science Writing Award
December 2017

The American Institute of Physics has announced the winners of its 2017 Science Communication Awards for Books, Articles, Writing for Children, and Broadcast and New Media. The Articles prize was awarded to Natalie Wolchover for "What No New Particles Means for Physics," published in August 2016 in Quanta Magazine. Natalie studied physics as an undergraduate at Tufts and is currently a senior writer at Quanta Magazine specializing in physical sciences. The judges found Wolchover's article to be "well-crafted," in which she undertakes "a clear explanation of nuclear and high energy physics' Standard Model crisis." Her article took a creative and bold stance on scientific exploration, and "her voice is confident as she develops a solid narrative throughout her article. "[Wolchover] does a beautiful job of creating drama and intrigue from what amounts, essentially, to no new findings and bravely and simply states the crux of the crisis," the committee noted. This brewing crisis of particle physics — a lack of new particle discovery — inspired the article. Read the announcement from the AIP website and check out Natalie's alumni bio.


Jordan Kemp

Jordan Kemp Awarded the Carl A. Rouse Fellowship by the National Society of Black Physicists
November 2017

We are pleased to announce that undergraduate physics major Jordan Kemp was selected for the Carl A. Rouse Fellowship. This fellowship was established by the Rouse family in honor of the Late Dr. Carl Albert Rouse. It is awarded each year to up to two undergraduate students who have demonstrated both a commitment to pursuing science as an academic major and a strong interest in astrophysics. The fellowship committee seeks qualified African American applicants. Fellows are supported through the NSBP and the generous contribution of the California Institute of Technology. As part of this fellowship, Jordan was invited to speak at the NSBP's national conference on November 3rd at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He presented on research from his summer fellowship with LIGO titled "Temperature Control and Coupled Oscillator Modelling for LIGO Voyager." Please join us in congratulating Jordan on his accomplishments.


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Image credit: LIGO/Caltech/MIT

Nobel winner Barish, Thorne, and Weiss

Former Member of Tufts' Physics and Astronomy Department Rainer Weiss Wins the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
October 2017

In February 2016, the LIGO and VIRGO collaborations created a shockwave when they announced the first observation of gravitational waves, predicted 100 years earlier by Albert Einstein. Since then, this discovery has received a lot of media attention (for example this New York Time article), captivating the public imagination. The LIGO and VIRGO experiments are based on laser interference techniques developed by Rainer Weiss in the 1960s. Prof. Weiss later co-founded the LIGO project and obtained NSF funding for initiating the project. In reward for his decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves he was awarded half of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, the other half being shared between Kip Thorne and Barry Barish. Rainer Weiss spent most of his career as a faculty member at MIT, but his first faculty appointment was as an assistant professor at Tufts from 1962 to 1964. He is the second Nobel laureate that worked at Tufts, joining particle physicist Allan Cormack in this very distinguished category. Both were members of the Physics and Astronomy department!


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