"Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall reopened to students at the beginning of the academic year after 15 months of reconstruction...There is almost too much to say. The architects and the renovation team did a fabulous job of finding new and very imaginative ways of using the space in the face of all the accessibility constraints. The light court and the below-grade art-gallery-passageway are transformative features that we would never have thought of,” said Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Leverett Co-Master… Read more about Howard Georgi in the Harvard Gazette Campus & Community Section
Daniel Jafferis has been awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Physics.
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
ICTP has awarded its 2014 Dirac Medal to Ashoke Sen (India), Andrew Strominger (USA) and Gabriele Veneziano (Italy), three physicists who have made crucial contributions to the origin, development and further understanding of string theory.
"Last year Randall and Reece – along with JiJi Fan and Andrey Katz – proposed a different type of dark matter called partially interacting dark matter (PIDM). Such dark-matter particles interact via an electromagnetic-like interaction, perhaps involving the emission of "dark photons". The four physicists argued that a small fraction of dark matter could be PIDM without much affecting the known dark-matter distribution of galaxies. Furthermore, they argued that the interactions between PIDM particles could be strong enough to form a dark galactic disc that shadows the visible disc (see… Read more about Lisa Randall and Matthew Reece discuss dark matter with Physics World
"Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science in Harvard’s Department of Physics, is an expert on particle physics and in 2007 was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people. Her e-book, “Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space,” which delves into the discovery of the Higgs boson, has been so successful that it was recently released in paperback. Here, Randall discusses her motivation for writing the book and why the Higgs unearthing is so significant."
Donner Professor of Science Cumrun Vafa described his corner office in Jefferson Hall as “home within the University for me.” Blackboards line the walls of most offices within the Physics Department. “Blackboards represent collaboration, research, and freedom of thinking, discussion, and openness. That’s the aspect of scientific work that I think is crucial for research,” said Vafa.
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