Please join us in congratulating Professor Cumrun Vafa, recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor award was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organization (NECO) and is presented at a yearly ceremony on Ellis Island in May. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized recipients who are read into the Congressional Record.
NECO writes, "The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of
"For leadership in numerous central developments in string theory, quantum field theory, and quantum geometry; including the interplay between string theory and Calabi-Yau geometry and especially for their elucidation of the origin of black hole entropy from microscopic states."
The Center for Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics KCETA of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, has awarded Prof. Lisa Randall the 2015 Julius Wess Award for her research on unifying the fundamental forces of physics.
This research award is granted to elementary particle or astroparticle physicists "for outstanding experimental or theoretical scientific achievements, which extend and deepen our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature." (see
Discover Magazine covers Professor Strominger's journey to String Theory in a new article.
"Strominger was never one for the beaten path. He dropped out of Harvard twice in the 1970s to live in communes in New Hampshire and China before returning to college, bent on probing the universe through theoretical physics. As an MIT graduate student, Strominger was told to steer clear of risky subjects like string
Congratulations to Prof. Howard Georgi for receiving the 2016 Mentoring Award of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society. The Award recognizes Prof. Georgi's "unique dedication to mentoring and supporting a large and diverse community of students and post doctoral fellows, whose creative theoretical endeavors have had an enormous impact on particle
This week Hawking, the University of Cambridge physicist Malcolm J. Perry, and the Harvard University physicist Andrew Stromingerposted a paper online in which the authors claim to make real progress toward solving the black-hole information paradox. Despite the inviting title—“Soft Hair on Black Holes”—the paper is mercilessly technical, so I asked Strominger to walk me