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Published: 10-18-2018

JILAn Dr. Tess Eidem was recognized by the University of Colorado Boulder for her work coordinating student understanding about roles and responsibilities related to their support funding.

Eidem is the Associate Director of Education for STROBE, an NSF Science and Technology Center that is a collaboration between six universities, including the University of Colorado Boulder.

As recognition for her work, the University awarded Eidem a certificate for Best Practices in Managing...

Published: 10-15-2018

JILA Fellow Ann-Marie Madigan was named a 2018 Packard Fellow. Below is a reposting of the CU Boulder Today's article that celebrates her acheivement:


A CU Boulder researcher who investigates the unusual behavior of icy objects at the outermost edges of the solar system has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow. 

Published: 10-05-2018

Friday, October 5, 2018 – Last night CO-LABS presented JILA’s ultrafast imaging team, led by Fellows Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn, the 2018 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research.  

Murnane and Kapteyn were honored for their work in revolutionizing ultrafast and nanoscale imaging through the research and development of tabletop x-ray sources. These advancements enable real-time imaging of the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of materials at the level of small...

Published: 10-03-2018

Three JILA Fellows have been named 2018 Fellows of the American Physical Society. The three new Fellows—Andreas Becker, Heather J. Lewandowski, and James K. Thompson—were nominated from varying divisions of APS.

Andreas Becker was nominated by the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical physics for his contributions to the understanding of the behavior of atoms and molecules in intense light fields, including seminal theoretical studies of attosecond dynamics,...

Published: 10-01-2018


The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced last week that JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski will receive the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT.

Lewandowski’s dual research areas are in fundamental experimental molecular physics and Physics Education Research (PER). Within PER,...

Published: 09-28-2018

Emma Simmerman, a senior physics major, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

NASA astronaut Joe Tanner will present with the award during a ceremony at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Andrews Hall. Tanner is an instructor at CU Boulder. The event is free and open to the public. Simmerman is the 22nd CU Boulder recipient.

Simmerman learned she had won the scholarship when she got a call from her mom, who texted a photo of the ASF...

Published: 09-26-2018

26th September 2018 — JILA Fellows Dr. Tom Perkins and Dr. Konrad Lehnert both received medals from the Department of Commerce last night at the Ronald Reagan Amphitheater in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Perkins received the Gold Medal, which is the highest honorary award given by the United States Department of Commerce, or DOC. Perkins was recognized for creating the world’s best atomic force microscope tailored to biological measurements. This device can “grab” onto biological molecules,...

Published: 09-20-2018

Former JILAn Dr. Sara Campbell won the 2018 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on the world’s most precise atomic clock.

Campbell’s thesis, entitled “A Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock”, detailed how the high...

Published: 09-20-2018

Recent JILA graduate Dr. Rabin Paudel was awarded the Nepal Bidhya Bhusan this September.

The Nepal Bidhya Bhusan is the highest academic award given by the Nepalese government.

This year, Nepalese president Bidhya Devi Bhandari gave 233 Bidhya Bhusan Padak to Nepalese nationals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in PhD, Masters, of Bachelor’s level academics, at local and foreign universities. The highest level of this award is reserved for those holding PhD degrees...

Published: 09-13-2018

Friday, September 7, 2018 - Boulder, CO –  As the bike rack outside the Millennium Hotel overflowed, many scientists locked their bikes to a nearby fence. In the Grand Ballroom, free coffee was flowing and over 100 physicists specializing in atomic matters were conversing. Despite the global diversity, everyone recognized faces in the crowd. These physicists all had something in common. They all once worked closely with Deborah Jin.


Published: 09-12-2018

Recent JILA graduate Dr. Sara Campbell was announced to be a 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows this morning.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HMMI) announced their selection of 15 early career scientists as the 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows on 12 September 2018. The fellowship, named for Hanna Holborn Gray, the former chair of the HHMI trustees and former president of the University of Chicago, seeks to encourage talented early career scientists who have the potential to make...

Published: 08-22-2018

JILA Jun Ye hit the big screen this summer as he debuted in the feature-length documentary, “The Most Unknown”.

“The Most Unknown” brings together nine scientists from across the globe, all of whom are using science to answer deep philosophical questions, such as how did life begin, and what is time? The scientists are brought together, (“blind-date style,” as the New Yorker’s review accurately describes it) to...

Published: 08-01-2018

JILA’s favorite degenerate, the Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC), has a new home: the International Space Station.

This new acheivement is "multi-mega-awesome," according to JILA Fellow Eric Cornell. BECs became a staple for measuring quantum phenomenon when they were experimentally realized in 1995 by JILA Fellows Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman at the University of Colorado Boulder, and by Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT.

Here on Earth BEC experiments are plagued by the constant tug...

Published: 08-01-2018

Former JILAn Lorraine Volsky passed away on July 21, 2018.  Lorraine worked at JILA from 1968 to 2013; leading the JILA Scientific Reports Office (now Science Communications Office) for the bulk of that time.  

Lorraine Marie Halbower Volsky passed away early Saturday morning, July 21, 2018, at her Boulder residence, attended by family and friends. She was 88. Lorraine was born in Anthony, Kansas, where she grew up a hard-working farm girl with a keen...

Published: 07-25-2018

Former JILA graduate student Dr. Sara Cambell has been named a Finalist for the 2018 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock. 

Campbell will present her thesis research during a special session at the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science meeting September 16-20, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the fifth year of the...

Published: 07-23-2018

JILA Fellow Cindy Regal has been named a 2018 Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer by the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC).

This prestigious title is given worldwide to scientists at the top of their fields in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. 

Regal will present her Cruickshank Lecture, entitled "Interferometers Harnessing Micromechanical Motion for Quantum Metrology and Information”, on Sunday, 29 July 2018, after the introductory dinner of the Quantum...

Published: 07-09-2018

John "Jan" Hall, 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics for his work in harnessing light to make ultra-precise measurements, has donated his Nobel medal and accompanying original artwork to the university to inspire current and prospective students. 

Hall, a fellow and senior research associate at JILA—a joint institute on campus between CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology—presented his Nobel medal in a May 8 reception at the Heritage Center...

Published: 06-12-2018

JILA staff members Dave Alchenberger, Gwen Dickinson, and Hans Green celebrated their 25th anniversary with JILA last Thursday (7 June 2018). The anniversary celebration was annotated by fellow JILAns who have worked closely with the celebrated JILA staff.

JILA chair Tom Perkins began the event by succinctly describing how JILA staff members made research more enjoyable. “The staff lightens the load of the scientists,” said Perkins; “[the staff] gives us the capability to realize our...

Published: 06-04-2018

JILA Graduate Students Julia Cline and William Cairncross swept the student poster awards at DAMOP 2018.

The Topical Group on Precision Measurement and Fundamental Constants (GPMFC) hosts a student poster competition at the annual meeting for Division for Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics (DAMOP).

The competition has two categories: (1) Atomic Clocks and Sensors, and (2) Fundamental Constants, EDM’s and...

Published: 06-01-2018

JILA graduate student John Robinson won the Student Paper Competition at the 2018 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS).

Finalists for the Student Paper Competition were selected by abstracts, and final judgements were based on poster presentations. 

The competition was divided into six groups. Robinson was competing in the Optical Frequency Standards and Applications group....

Published: 05-30-2018

JILA Fellow and NIST Physicist Ralph Jimenez received the 2017 Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding public service as a Federal employee. Jimenez was one of 12 honorees across all parts of the Federal government to receive the Flemming Award this cycle. Jimenez was a winner in the Applied Science and Engineering category for his pioneering research on combining microfluidics, ultrafast lasers, biochemistry and molecular biology to...

Published: 05-22-2018

It was a busy week for recent CU Boulder graduate Benjamin (Ben) Saarel. 

Saarel, who for the past two years has worked as an undergraduate researcher in JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski's lab, graduated summa cum laude on 10 May 2018, earning his B. S. in Engineering Physics, and a minor in Computer Science. But that's not all. 

Saarel was named the Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Physics at his graduation. But that's not all. 

Saarel, an...

Published: 05-18-2018

JILA’s favorite degenerate, the Bose-Einstein Condensate, is headed on a new adventure this week.

The BEC is going to space.

BECs became a staple for measuring quantum phenomenon when they were experimentally realized in 1995 by JILA Fellows Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman, and by Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT.

To create BECs in space, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is launching CAL, a remotely operated Cold Atom Laboratory. At...

Published: 05-16-2018

JILA graduate, Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Wightman Harlow, died in a rockfall accident on May 14, 2018. She was 33.

Jen came to JILA in 2007 after earning her A.B. in physics from Harvard University.

As a graduate student, Jen studied ultrasensitive measurement at the limits imposed by quantum mechanics in the lab of Konrad Lehnert. She graduated with her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. Her thesis was entitlted, “Microwave Electromechanics: Measuring...

Published: 05-16-2018

William Patrick (Pat) McInerny passed away on May 4, 2018 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 77.

McInerny was the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Executive Officer for JILA from 1971 to 2003. He loved working at JILA, and managed all staff and finances while the institute developed much of the scientific reputation it enjoys today.

Pat was survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline McInerny, and their three children and seven grandchildren....


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