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2019 News

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Gilman Elected 2019 AAAS Fellow
Buhl Professor of Theoretical Physics Fred Gilman has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) 2019 class of fellows. Gilman was recognized for his work elucidating the fundamental nature of CP violation and his sustained and successful leadership in the particle physics and cosmology communities.

Monday, November 25, 2019
Tiziana Di Matteo Awarded NASA Grant to Study Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Professor of Physics Tiziana Di Matteo has been awarded a grant from the Astrophysics Theory Program at NASA to make predictions about colliding supermassive black holes and test Einstein’s theory of gravity with observations of a space-based gravitational wave detector. The grant will allow Di Matteo to study the growth of massive black holes across cosmic history by carrying out simulations of galaxies and black hole formation across the full history of the universe.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
A Runaway Star Ejected from the Galactic Heart of Darkness
Astronomers, including CMU Assistant Professor of Physics Sergey Koposov, have spotted an ultrafast star, traveling at a blistering six million km/h, that was ejected by the supermassive black hole at the heart at the Milky Way five million years ago. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Prof. Markus Deserno Elected American Physical Society Fellow
Markus Deserno, professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon College of Science, has been elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society, a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Fellows are elected based on their contributions to physics, through research, application of physics, leadership and service or physics education.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Prof. Diana Parno Assists International Experiment in Pinning Down Elusive Neutrino Mass
At the 2019 Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics conference in Toyama, Japan, leaders from the KATRIN experiment reported Friday that the estimated range for the rest mass of the neutrino is between 0.02 and 1 electron volts, or eV. 

Monday, September 16, 2019
MCS Faculty Honored with Professorships
Physics Professors Ben Hunt and Curtis Meyer were among the honorees for 2019 Professorships. These endowed professorships, one of the highest honors the university can bestow upon faculty, support the recipients in their research.

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Professor Jyoti Katoch Receives DOE Early Career Grant to Probe Quantum Matter
Jyoti Katoch, assistant professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University, has received a prestigious early career grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Katoch’s research focuses on understanding the properties of two-dimensional quantum materials.

Monday, July 15, 2019
New Faculty to Join CMU Physics in 2020
After a yearlong search, CMU Physics is excited to announce that Dr. Shiladitya Banerjee, Dr. Ulrike Endesfelder and Dr. Carl Rodriguez will join the physics faculty in 2020.

Monday, June 24, 2019
Professor Rachel Mandelbaum Named 2019 Simons Investigator
CMU Physics Professor Rachel Mandelbaum was named a 2019 Simons Investigator. She is the first Carnegie Mellon researcher to be selected for this prestigious program.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Professor Di Xiao Awarded Simons Fellowship
Associate Professor of Physics Di Xiao has been awarded a fellowship by the Simons Foundation.
Xiao, whose research centers around quantum condensed matter theory, plans to take advantage of the fellowship to dig into magnetic and electric multipoles in crystalline solids.

Monday, April 29, 2019
Physicist Benjamin Hunt Named 2019 Cottrell Scholar
Prof. Benjamin Hunt has been named a 2019 Cottrell Scholar. Twenty-four of the nation’s top early career scientists received the designation from the Research Corporation for the Science Advancement (RCSA), recognizing their leadership in integrating science teaching and research at U.S. research universities and undergraduate institutions.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
CMU Computer Simulation Shows How Dynamin Releases Vesicles from the Cell Membrane
A computer simulation developed by biological physicists at Carnegie Mellon University has determined how the protein dynamin works with the cell membrane to bring important molecules into the cell. Their findings can be used to better study the role the process plays in dynamin-related diseases like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Rachel Mandelbaum Elected Spokesperson for LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration
Prof. Rachel Mandelbaum has been elected as the spokesperson for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s (LSST) Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). The data that the LSST collects will allow researchers to measure, with unprecedented precision, how the universe has expanded over time, which tells us about the properties of dark energy.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
SuperKEKB Starts Physics Run
Prof. Roy Briere and his collaborators started the physics run for the Belle II detector, recording its first data from electron-positron collisions. They hope to find new evidence hidden in subatomic particles that could shed light on the mysteries of the early universe.

Monday, February 11, 2019
Students Attend Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
Nine CMU Physics undergraduate women students attended The Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in January. Their experiences and feedback will help Pittsburgh to host the conference in 2020.