News from the Chair
Manucharyan, Hafezi Receive Sloan Fellowships

Assistant Professor Vladimir Manucharyan and Affiliate Assistant Professor Mohammad Hafezi have both been awarded research fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Research Fellowships "seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise" and are awarded "in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions." Both Manucharyan and Hafezi are members of the UMD-NIST Joint Quantum Institute.

Kai Sun, a recent JQI postdoctoral researcher now at the University of Michigan, was also awarded a Sloan Fellowship.

The complete list of 2015 recipients is here: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/2015-sloan-research-fellows/

 
Drake Paper Featured in Astrophysical Journal Letters

James Drake's paper, "Magnetized jets driven by the sun: the structure of the heliosphere revisited," suggests that the sun's magnetic field controls the large-scale shape of the heliosphere much more than expected. It was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Vlad Manucharyan Receives CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Vladimir Manucharyan has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His proposal, entitled “Realizing the ultrastrong coupling regime of quantum electrodynamics using high-impedance Josephson superconducting circuits,” will receive five years of funding. NSF funds research in science and engineering through grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.

For more information on NSF Awards visit: http://www.nsf.gov/about/

 
Campus Paper Reports on Physics

The Diamondback recently published stories on the HAWC experiment, featuring the astroparticle physics group; the Rosetta Spacecraft, with a photo of Roald Sagdeev; and construction of JQI labs in the PSC.

 
Wally Greenberg Featured in Physics Today

Professor O.W. (Wally) Greenberg elaborates on a talk he gave at the 50 Years of Quarks and Color symposium, held at the University of Maryland on 11–12 April 2014.

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