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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...

Published: 01-09-2013

Carl Lineberger joined fellow National Science Board members France Cordova (Chair of the Board, Smithsonian Institution) and Arnold Stancell (Vice President, Mobil Oil, ret.) on a whirlwind fact-finding tour of Antarctica November 26–30, 2012. The trio visited science and engineering facilities at the McMurdo and South Pole Stations, as well as field research sites in the Dry Valleys and historic huts on Ross Island.

The scientists were also were given an in-depth look at logistical...

Published: 01-03-2013

Former JILA Fellow, Professor Keith Burnett, has been awarded a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's honours list for services to science and higher education. The Knighthood carries the title "Sir".

Professor Burnett is an AMO Physicist who came to JILA around 1980 as a postdoctoral researcher with Fellow John Cooper. Subsequently, Burnett was himself appointed both as a JILA Fellow and Assistant Professor of the Physics Department. He later returned to the United...

Published: 11-15-2012

JILA's new X-Wing addition was recently awarded Special Judges Recognition for its outstanding craftsmanship and impact on the JILA community as part of the Best Projects competition in the Mountain States region, according to Engineering News Record, Mountain States. The new addition was entered in the contest by Saunders Construction, the firm that built the new X-Wing.

Published: 10-22-2012

Steve Cundiff will receive a Silver Medal from the U. S. Department of Commerce for his leadership of JILA’s X-Wing project at an award ceremony to be held in Washington, D. C. on January 8, 2013. He is also being honored for this achievement during the 40th annual NIST Awards Ceremony at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland on December 5, 2012.

JILA is the joint research institute between NIST and the University of Colorado, Boulder. For 50 years, JILA has been a world leader in...

Published: 10-19-2012

Deborah Jin has been selected as one of five regional winners of the 2013 For Women in Science Awards. The awards are presented annually by the L’Oreal Foundation and UNESCO to recognize outstanding women worldwide who significantly advance science. Jin was selected by an international jury led by Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail “for having been the first to cool down molecules so much that she can observe chemical reactions in slow motion which may help further understanding of molecular...

Published: 09-06-2012

Eric Cornell has won the Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for molecular spectroscopy from the Ioannes Markus Marci Spectroscopic Society of the Czech Republic. The award recognizes Cornell's work (in collaboration with Jun Ye) in the search for the electric dipole moment of the electron.

Published: 08-01-2012

Research associate Matthew Hummon and graduate student Benjamin Stuhl won two of the five Outstanding Presentation Awards at the 2012 Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium. Hummon was recognized for his presentation entitled "Making a Magneto-Optical Trap for Polar Molecules." His co-authors were Mark Yeo, Benjamin Stuhl, Alejandra Collopy, Yong Xia, and Jun Ye.

Stuhl was recognized for his presentation entitled "Evaporation of Magnetically Trapped Dipolar Molecules." His...

Published: 07-24-2012

Fellow Cindy Regal,  recent JILA grad Matthew Squires (Anderson group, Ph.D. 2008),  former postdoc Wen Li (Kapteyn/Murnane group), and JILA grad Ian Coddington (Cornell group, Ph. D. 2004) have received prestigeous Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, according to a White House press release issued July 23. Each award is for $1 million over 5 years.

Regal was honored for her "discovery of pairing and condensation in a Fermi gas of atoms and broad...

Published: 07-23-2012

Fifty is the birthday for self reflection. It's a time when many of us look back at our lives and ask: Is this the best that I can be? Is my life headed in the right direction to make a difference?

On July 13, we were honored to commemorate the 50th birthday of a remarkable institution. Our two organizations, the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU...

Published: 07-10-2012

The American Physical Society (APS) has designated JILA as an historic physics site as part of its Historic Sites Mission to raise public awareness of physics. APS President Robert Byer presented JILA with a plaque on July 13 at a special ceremony held at 1:30 pm on Farrand Field as part of JILA's 50th anniversary celebration.

The plaque is engraved with the citation:

"JILA is a unique interdisciplinary research and education institute, a partnership between the...

Published: 07-03-2012

Patrick Gallagher, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Philip DiStefano, Chancellor of the University of Colorado, Boulder, co-authored a guest commentary that appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera on Friday July 20. The commentary was entitled Fifty years of discovery: Sharing JILA's 'Secret Sauce.' The commentary was written in honor of JILA's 50th anniversary celebration held on July 12-13.

The commentary can be found at...

Published: 06-06-2012

Fellow Ana Maria Rey is Woman Physicist of the Month for June.

Rey is  theorist working on many complicated problems in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics.  She is well known for her collaborations at JILA with experimentalists Deborah Jin and Jun Ye as well as theorist Murray Holland, CU theorists Victor Guarie and Michael Hermele, and physicists at institutions in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Rey joined JILA and the University of Colorado Physics...

Published: 04-27-2012

Judah Levine received a 2011 Presidential Rank Award at a banquet and ceremony held April 26 in Washington, D. C. He received a lump-sum payment equal to 35 percent of his annual basic pay and a framed certificate signed by the president.

Published: 01-03-2012

President Barack Obama will appoint Dr. Margaret Murnane for Chairman, President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, according to a White House press release on December 21, 2011. Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado. She is also a Fellow of  the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected to the American...

Published: 11-01-2011

President Obama has selected Fellow Judah Levine of NIST's Time and Frequency Division for a 2011 Presidential Rank Award which honors "strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service."

The award recognizes Levine as a world leader in early applications of lasers for precision measurements, as well as precision time and frequency measurements based...

Published: 10-27-2011

Fellow Margaret Murnane has been awarded the prestigious RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for her pioneering work in the field of ultrafast laser and x-ray science.  Murnane, who is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, co-leads a research laboratory with her husband Henry Kapteyn at JILA. Murnane has spent more than 20 years pushing the development of lasers that can operate at the fundamental limits of speed and stability. In the early 1990s, she designed the first...

Published: 10-18-2011

Associate JILA Fellow Cindy Regal has been awarded a prestigious David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Regal, who is also assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado, will receive $875,000 over five years to support her work in experimental atomic physics. She is currently developing laser-based  techniques for controlling single neutral atoms and exploring the creation of tiny quantum gases whose atoms can be individually manipulated. Both...

Published: 09-20-2011

JILA Alum Markus Greiner, associate professor of physics at Harvard University, has been named a 2011 Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Greiner was a research associate in Deborah Jin's lab from 2003 to 2005. During that time, he worked with Jin and JILA Fellow Cindy Regal (then a graduate student) to create the world's first fermionic condensate. Greiner joins former JILA colleagues Jin and Margaret Murnane as winners of the prestigious MacArthur "Genius...

Published: 08-17-2011

Fellows Debbie Jin and Jun Ye will share a Department of Commerce Gold Medal this year for their seminal work on ultracold molecules and cold chemistry. The Gold Medal is the highest award presented by the Department of Commerce and NIST. The Gold Medal will be presented to Jin and Ye at a ceremony in December in Washington, D. C.

"It is the dedication of employees like Debbie and Jun that makes NIST what it is today," said Pat Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and...

Published: 08-05-2011

The U.S. Senate confirmed JILA Fellow Carl Lineberger on August 2 as a member of the National Science Board. He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in April. As a member of the National Science Board, Lineberger's duties will include helping to establish the policies of the National Science Foundation. The National Science Board also serves as an advisory board to the president and Congress on issues involving science and engineering.

"Colorado is home to some of...

Published: 07-06-2011

Arman Cingoz and Brian Neyenhuis won awards for work presented at a recent Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium. The symposium was held June 22, 2011, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the main lobby of the Radio Building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Boulder campus.

Participants gave brief oral slide presentations describing the key points of their poster presentations. The poster session followed the talks and continued for the remainder of the event....

Published: 06-02-2011

Cindy Regal has been awarded an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator grant. Regal's proposal was one of 21 selected from a pool of 270 applications. She will receive approximately $170,000 in annual research grants for three years. Her winning proposal was entitled "Cavity Optomechanics for Wavelength Conversion of Optical Quantum States."

The Young Investigator Program is an important part of the Department of the Navy's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM...

Published: 05-03-2011

On May 3, the National Academy of Sciences announced the selection of Jun Ye as one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates. Ye is a Fellow of JILA and a Fellow of NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is also an adjoint professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ye and his scientific colleagues were recognized for their distinguished and ongoing achievements in original research. The new additions bring the total number of...

Published: 05-03-2011

 Fellow Jun Ye has been elected as a Director at Large for the Optical Society of America (OSA). He will begin his three-year term on January 1, 2012.

"OSA is pleased to welcome Jun to the Board," said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA's chief executive officer. OSA members include more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries. OSA brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives.

"Optics has been an integral part of my professional life since my...


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