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Published: 12-30-2013

President Barack Obama has named Ana Maria Rey as one of 102 recipients of the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Rey will receive her award at a Washington, DC ceremony in 2014.

"The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater...

Published: 12-12-2013

Konrad Lehnert has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society! Lehnert was elected “for developing experimental methods that enable the quantum control and measurement of micro-mechanical oscillators and for developing practical microwave amplifiers that operate at the quantum limit.”

Published: 11-04-2013

Eric Cornell offered clever and interesting insights into ultracold matter as part of David Pogue’s Making Stuff Colder, aired on PBS on October 30, 2013. The show’s premise is taking a journey down a thermometer to lower and lower temperatures to see what new discoveries in science and technology are taking place as things get colder.  It’s a delightful trip. JILAns, in particular, will find it worth...

Published: 09-25-2013

Theorist Ana Maria Rey has received a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, or “Genius Grant.” She is the third JILA Fellow to win a genius grant, joining Deborah Jin (2003) and Margaret Murnane (2000). The MacArthur Fellowship includes a $625,000 unrestricted grant. Rey was cited for being an “atomic Physicist advancing our ability to simulate, manipulate, and control novel states of matter through fundamental conceptual research on ultra-cold atoms...

Published: 09-24-2013

Ana Maria Rey of JILA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has won the 2014 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award of the American Physical Society. Rey is one of the world’s top young theoretical physicists. Her specialty is atomic, molecular, and optical physics, an area in which she has shown a remarkable talent for suggesting practical applications of her theory to key experiments. Her hallmark collaborations at JILA and NIST include the fields of ultracold molecules,...

Published: 09-17-2013

Research Associate Franklin Dollar (Kapteyn/Murnane group) has won the 2013 John Dawson Thesis Prize. Dollar won the prize for his thesis entitled High intensity, high contrast laser solid interactions with short pulses. He completed this thesis work at the University of Michigan.

Dollar received a medal, $500, and financial support to attend the “Laser and Plasma Accelerators Workshop, where he received his prize.

Up to two John Dawson Thesis Prizes are awarded...

Published: 09-10-2013

Brad Baxley’s photograph Pervasion has won first prize in the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building Art Competition. The photograph captures the intricacies of the single neutral atom-trapping apparatus in the Cindy Regal laboratory. The photograph is now being printed, mounted, and framed for display in the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building in the University of Colorado research park. Baxley will be notified via email when his art is displayed, according to...

Published: 08-27-2013

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The nineteen member board comprised of scientists, business executives, academics and former government officials will serve as an independent advisory committee to Energy Secretary Moniz. Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Professor Adjoint for Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder has been named to the committee. Jin also is a...

Published: 08-26-2013

David Nesbitt has been awarded the 2013 Pacesetter Award in the science category. For nineteen years, David has spent one Saturday each month teaching youngsters, who range in age from 8 to 17, and their parents all about the wonders of science. In 1994 he took over as director of the CU Wizards program and has greatly expanded the range of scientific topics.

The annual Pacesetter Award has been presented by the publisher...

Published: 08-07-2013

James Thompson has been named the winner of a 2013 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his work on pioneering superradiant lasers. The superradiant laser is a quantum device that emits coherent lasing photons.

The DoC Bronze Medal is the highest honor the NIST Director can bestow upon NIST staff for outstanding accomplishments. The...

Published: 08-01-2013

Theorist Ana Maria Rey has been given the 2013 “Great Minds in STEM” Most Promising Scientist Award. The honor is also known as the HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference) Award.

The Most Promising Scientist Award is an early career award for Hispanic-American researchers. Rey is a top young AMO theorist who has made important contributions to NIST and JILA in the fields of ultracold atoms, ultracold molecules, atomic clocks, quantum information, and other...

Published: 07-26-2013

JILA research associate Carlos Hernández-García has been honored with a 4th Award for Young Researchers from the 12th International Symposium on Ultrafast Intense Laser Science. The award recognizes Hernández-García's work on high-harmonic and zeptosecond pulse generation with the Becker and Kapteyn/Murnane groups in JILA and colleagues in Spain. It includes a travel grant to present his work at the International Symposium on Ultrafast Intense Laser Science, to be held in Salamanca, Spain,...

Published: 07-26-2013

Graduate student Travis Nicholson (Ye group) handily won the competition for Best Student Paper at the joint  symposium of the IEEE-International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS), the IEEE-International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), the IEEE-International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectric (ISAF) and the Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials (PFM), and the European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF). Nicholson presented the latest results on...

Published: 07-24-2013

Judah Levine received the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society Rabi Award on July 24 during a joint symposium on time and frequency held in Prague, Czech Republic. Participants included the IEEE-International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS), the IEEE-International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), the IEEE-International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectric (ISAF) and the Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials (PFM), and...

Published: 07-22-2013

JILA researchers garnered two Outstanding Presentation awards at the Boulder Laboratories 10th annual  Postdoctoral Poster Symposium held on July 17, 2013. Bryce Gadway, a research associate in the Ye group, was recognized for his presentation “Realizing a Lattice Spin System with Ultracold Polar Molecules.” Gadway’s co-authors included poster co-presenter Jacob Covey as well as Bo Yan, Steve Moses, Kaden Hazzard, Ana Maria Rey, Deborah Jin, and Jun Ye. Covey was cited for...

Published: 06-10-2013

Michael Foss-Feig has won the American Physical Society's Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) Award for outstanding doctoral thesis research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. The award was announced at the 44th annual DAMOP meeting, held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 3–7, 2013.

Foss-Feig performed his thesis work in the Rey group at JILA. His thesis is entitled "Quantum simulation of many-body physics with neutral atoms, molecules, and ions." The...

Published: 05-28-2013

Susanna Kohler has won this year's Richard N. Thomas award, given in honor of the late Dick Thomas, co-founder of JILA. The award  honors an outstanding JILA graduate student in astrophysical and planetary sciences. It was presented to Kohler on May 17, 2013, by Nora Thomas, widow of Dick Thomas. Congratulations, Susanna!

Published: 05-28-2013

Kathy Hoogeboom-Pot's video submission to the 2013 Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Video and Poster Competition has been selected as a winner of a Judge’s Choice Award in this year's Video and Poster Competition. As a result, Hoogeboom-Pot has been invited to attend an all-day awards ceremony in the National Science Foundation Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on June 11, 2013.

This...

Published: 05-01-2013

Two symposia will be held the week of May 6, 2013,  in honor of Dr. Katharine B. Gebbie.  The day-long events will  celebrate Gebbie's illustrious career in JILA and NIST as well as her outstanding service to science and the nation. The first symposium on May 8th will be held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, followed by a second event in Boulder, Colorado on May 10th. The Boulder symposium will feature talks by Nobel Laureates Tom Cech, Dave Wineland, Eric...

Published: 04-30-2013

Henry Kapteyn has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the academy announced on April 30, 2013. Kapteyn joins seven other members of the JILA faculty as members of the academy. They include John Hall (1984), Carl Wieman (1995), Eric Cornell (2000), Margaret Murnane (2004), Deborah Jin (2005) and Jun Ye (2011). NIST Nobel Laureate Dave Wineland and CU Physics Professors Noel Clark and John Wahr are also academy members.

Kapteyn's research interests include...

Published: 04-24-2013

David Nesbitt has been elected as a 2013 member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts, including JILA Fellows Carl Lineberger, Eric Cornell, Margaret Murnane, and Deborah Jin, Fellow emeritus Carl Wieman, and such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill.

“Our deepest...

Published: 04-17-2013

Margaret Murnane was elected an Honory Member of the Royal Irish Academy in March of 2013. She was nominated for the honor by Professor Eugene Kennedy, MRIA, and Professor Luke Drury, MRIA. Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The Royal Irish Academy was founded in 1785 for the advancement of learning and scholarship in Ireland. The Academy's modern...

Published: 04-01-2013

Peter Bender has been selected as a 2013 Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society journals. The Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008 to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. The highly selective  program annually recognizes about 150 of the roughly 60,000 currently active referees. In 2013, 142 Outstanding Referees were selected.

Honorees are selected based on the quality,...

Published: 03-26-2013

On Thursday, March 28, Deborah Jin will be honored in a ceremony at the Sorbonne in Paris as the '2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America', as part of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program.  One of five 2013 regional laureates, she was cited for being the first scientist in the world to create near absolute zero temperature potassium-rubidium (KRb) molecules that allow her, and colleagues, to slow chemical reactions down in order to see what goes on during...

Published: 02-19-2013

A Celebration of Life for Fellow Art Phelps will be held at JILA on February 22, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in rooms X317 and X325. The longtime JILA Fellow passed away on December 14, 2012. The celebration of his life will be hosted by Phelps' adult children, Joanie Gilbert and Wayne Phelps.

In honor of Phelps' great scientific legacy, the Executive Committee of the Gaseous Electronics Conference has planned a special session of the upcoming conference, which will take place...

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