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Published: 06-24-2014

Two JILA graduate students and one undergraduate student were recognized with awards for their posters and presentations at the recent Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium, held at NIST Boulder (325 Broadway) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The Outstanding Presentation Award is a special recognition for selected poster presenters at the Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium. This recognition was selected by senior scientists who circulated through the poster...

Published: 06-17-2014

Thomas Perkins received the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Award at a Washington, D. C., ceremony on June 9. The award was one of 12 given this year to honor outstanding Federal employees in their first 15 years of Federal service. Dr. David Bray, Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission and a 2012 Flemming Award winner, was the keynote speaker at the event.

“It was a wonderful surprise to receive a 2013 Arthur S. Flemming award," Perkins said. "It is an...

Published: 05-27-2014

Graduate student Greg Salvesen is the winner of the 2014 R. N. Thomas Award. The award of about $500 comes from a fund established by Nora Thomas, the widow of JILA co-founder Dick Thomas. In addition to the monetary award, Salvesen received a book about Thomas’ exemplary career in astrophysics.

Salvesen is a fifth-year graduate student in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. He works under Fellow Mitch Begelman, who says “he is one of the most...

Published: 04-22-2014

The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office (TTO) presented awards to Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret Murnane, and Dana Anderson on April 24 for representing the spirit of innovation at CU-Boulder and best practices in commercialization of university technologies, according to a press release issued by TTO on April 21. 

TTO recognized Henry C. Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane as its Inventors of the Year, CU-Boulder. The two researchers are Fellows of JILA and...

Published: 02-20-2014

Cindy Regal has been selected to receive a 2014 Cottrell Scholars Award from the Research Corporation for Science and Advancement. The Cottrell Scholar Awards are given to early career faculty members who excel at both research and teaching. The awards target scholarship designed to improve undergraduate science education at research universities in the United States.

Published: 01-16-2014

Deborah Jin has been awarded the 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics by the National Academy of Sciences. The Comstock Prize recognizes an innovative discovery by a North American resident in the fields of electricity, magnetism, or radiant energy.

Jin received this year’s Comstock Prize for “demonstrating quantum degeneracy and the formation of a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate in ultracold fermionic atoms gases, and for pioneering work in polar molecular quantum chemistry.” The honor...

Published: 01-14-2014

Steve Cundiff was named an IEEE Fellow on January 1, 2014. In electing him as a Fellow, the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. cited him "for contributions to self-referenced optical frequency combs and ultrafast nonlinear solid-state spectroscopy."

"I am delighted to share the good news with you and to congratulate you on having this distinguished individual on your staff," said J. Roberto B. de Marca, IEEE President and CEO in a letter...

Published: 01-07-2014

Fellow Adjoint Markus B. Raschke has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to surface and near-field optics involving nanospectroscopy, optical control, thermal near-field spectroscopy, optical nanoantennas and adiabatic nanofocusing in nonlinear and ultrafast nanoimaging.

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!

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