• Maldacena wins inaugural Galileo Medal for theoretical physics

    Friday, Feb 15, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Italy's National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), in collaboration with the Galileo Galilei Institute (GGI) of Florence, have awarded the first Galileo Medal to Juan Maldacena "for his pioneering ideas in theoretical physics, and in particular for the discovery of duality between gravity and quantum field theory, with far-reaching implications."

  • Griffiths receives Troland prize from the National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Thomas Griffiths has received one of the two Troland Research Awards issued this year “for his research into how people and machines make decisions.” The Troland awards recognize unusual achievement by young investigators (defined as no older than 40) working within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

  • Lithium earns honors for three physicists working to bring the energy that powers the sun to Earth

    Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018
    by John Greenwald and Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

    Major developments in the use of lithium to improve the performance of fusion plasmas — the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei that fuels fusion reactions — have earned a trio of physicists the 2018 outstanding research awards from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Scientists around the world are seeking to replicate on Earth the fusion that drives the sun and stars to produce a virtually inexhaustible supply of energy to generate electricity.

  • Team led by PPPL wins major time on supercomputers to study the complex edge of fusion plasmas

    Friday, Dec 14, 2018
    by John Greenwald, Science Editor, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded major computer hours on three leading supercomputers, including the world’s fastest, to a team led by C.S. Chang of the DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The team is addressing issues that must be resolved for successful operation of ITER, the international experiment under construction in France to demonstrate the feasibility of producing fusion energy — the power that drives the sun and stars — in a magnetically controlled fusion facility called a “tokamak.”

  • Burdine and Weber named AAAS Fellows

    Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Princeton University faculty members Rebecca Burdine and Elke Weber have been named 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished work.

    New fellows will be honored Feb. 16 during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 29 issue of Science.

  • Sedgewick receives prize for mathematical exposition

    Monday, Nov 26, 2018
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    The American Mathematical Society has awarded its 2019 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition to Robert Sedgewick, Princeton’s William O. Baker *39 Professor in Computer Science, and posthumously to French computer scientist Philippe Flajolet, for their 2009 book “Analytic Combinatorics.”

  • McPhee receives Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing

    Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018
    by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

    John McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton, was awarded the 2018 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing.

    Created in 2015, the award recognizes writers who use the power of the pen to influence positive change in the world of environmental conservation in support of Audubon’s mission.

  • Physicist Bernevig honored by American Physical Society

    Thursday, Oct 25, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The American Physical Society (APS) announced today that Bogdan Andrei Bernevig was one of three winners of the APS James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials “for the theoretical prediction, design and realization of non-magnetic and magnetic topological semi-metals and new types of topological insulators.”


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