JILA News

The Passing of JILA Fellow Richard "Dick" McCray
Published: October 28, 2021

Former JILA Fellow Richard "Dick" McCray passed away on October 26, 2021.  From another JILA Fellow said that: “Dick was a giant in JILA… All those who knew him loved him dearly."   Richard (Dick) McCray came to Colorado to work at JILA in 1971 until his retirement in 2004.  Dick also served as JILA Chair in 1981 and 1982.  Dick was a Distinguished Professor of Astrophysics at CU Boulder, a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1989, a Guggenheim Fellow in 1975-76 and recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics in 1990. Dick’s area of research was theoretical astrophysics, including the physics of interstellar gas, Active Galactic Nuclei, binary X-ray systems, and supernova explosion; observing these systems with spacecraft such as the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the Chandra X-ray telescope. You can read more about his work here, as well as an oral history via personal interview. 

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The Virtual Tour of JILA is now Live!
Published: October 25, 2021

The virtual tour for JILA is here! In collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder, a tour of JILA has been created using 360-degree images and photos, making it perfect for a VR headset or app. Even if you don't have VR, this tour is fascinating and discusses the history and research of JILA. 

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Celebration of the Baur-SPIE chair Endowment
Published: October 11, 2021

JILA was honored to celebrate the legacy of the endowment given by Tom Baur of Meadowlark Optics and SPIE  on October 7th at a JILA Donor Event, which also celebrated the work of JILA Fellow Cindy Regal, the first Baur-SPIE Professor of Optical Physics and Photonics. Speakers at the event included JILA Fellows Cindy Regal, Ann-Marie Madigan, Eric Cornell, Margaret Murnane, and Jun Ye, as well as Tom Baur and SPIE CEO Kent Rochford discussing the endowment. Both the Baurs and Dr. Rochford, representing SPIE, were given customized laser mirror mounts as a thank you for their generosity. Generous endowments like these allow JILA to give back to our community of graduate students and post-docs.

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JILA Fellow Dana Anderson Wins Willis E. Lamb Award
Published: October 11, 2021

Congratulations to JILA Fellow Dana Anderson for winning the 2021 Willis E Lamb award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics.

The award recognizes Dana's, "excellent contributions to quantum optics and electronics". The Anderson Group is currently involved in state of the art ultracold atom research with applications in atomtronics, atom interferometry and neutral atom quantum computing. 

The Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics is presented annually for outstanding contributions to the field. The award honors Willis E. Lamb, Jr., famous laser scientist and 1955 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, who gave us many seminal insights and served as our guide in so many areas of physics and technology.

 

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Dana Anderson
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STROBE Nano-imaging center receives five-year, $22 million renewal from NSF
Published: September 29, 2021

The National Science Foundation has renewed for five years and more than $22 million the cutting-edge Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging (STROBE). STROBE is developing the Microscopes of Tomorrow, and is a partnership between six institutions –– University of Colorado Boulder, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Florida International University, Fort Lewis College, and UC Irvine.

PI(s):
Margaret Murnane | Henry Kapteyn
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JILA JEDI partnering with Pretty Brainy in a new speaker series
Published: September 28, 2021

JILA JEDI is partnering with Pretty Brainy, a nonprofit organization in northern Colorado through a speaker series that encourages women ages 11 and up to pursue science careers. This speaker series hosts 5 JILAns, including JILA Fellow Anne-Marie Madigan. 

You can register for the speaker series at this link. The first event begins 10/5, and the last event is 12/14. 

PI(s):
Ann-Marie Madigan
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Life After JILA with Clara Wilson
Published: September 24, 2021

There are many places within JILA that are special to alumni. For many, it may be the JILA tower, or a particular laboratory, or the spiral staircase. For others, like Clara Wilson, it is the machine shop. "I was at JILA for a little over a year and a half," Wilson said. "I worked in the machine shop as a student assistant, which basically meant that I kept the space clean and operable and was able to shadow and learn everything I could from the various machinists there... I helped build things. I think that as a student assistant, one of my main jobs was to ask questions and learn." Wilson gained valuable knowledge and experience working within the machine job at JILA.

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Cubit Executive Director Philip Makotyn presents to Colorado General Assembly's Joint Technology Committee
Published: September 21, 2021

Earlier this month, quantum technology made a splash at the Colorado Capitol. Philip Makotyn, executive director of the CUbit Quantum Initiative, spoke on Sept. 9 before the Colorado General Assembly's Joint Technology Committee. Makotyn was one of several people who spoke before the committee on the Colorado Front Range quantum ecosystem, including CU's role in quantum research; describing the Colorado quantum ecosystem including quantum sensing and computing; what quantum computing is (and isn't), and its applications across a variety of industries and problems.

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Other
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JILA Fellows Thomas Perkins and Graeme Smith win the 2021 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award
Published: September 16, 2021

JILA Fellow Thomas Perkins has been awarded the 2021 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award. This award recognizes mentors who have gone above and beyond to support their postdocs. Perkins was nominated by postdoc David Jacobson, who praised Perkins' effort to help Jacobson apply and receive the prestigious NIH K99 “Pathway to Independence” Award. 

JILA Fellow Graeme Smith also won the 2021 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award, being nominated by CU Boulder postdoc Vikesh Siddhu and former CU Boulder postdoc, Felix Leditzky. Leditzky said Smith “played an integral part in guiding me through the process and helping me achieve this career goal. I aim to pay forward the trust and support that I received from him.”

PI(s):
Thomas Perkins | Graeme Smith
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JILA Fellow Shuo Sun is awarded the NSF QuIC-TAQS grant
Published: September 15, 2021

JILA Fellow Shuo Sun has been awarded an NSF Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS) grant. The grant's purpose is to support interdisciplinary teams exploring innovative and unique ideas for applying and developing quantum engineering, computing, and science in the specific area of quantum interconnection. Quantum interconnection is a part of quantum communications.

PI(s):
Shuo Sun
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Jun Ye wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Published: September 09, 2021

Jun Ye, fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and professor adjoint of physics at CU Boulder, has been awarded the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for his pioneering research on atomic clocks. Ye has been a physicist at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and CU Boulder, for more than 20 years. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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Life After JILA with Alumna Sara Campbell
Published: July 29, 2021

One goal that JILA alumni have in common is to end up in successful jobs, whether in industry or academia. Such is the case for Sara Campbell, an employee at Honeywell Quantum Solutions who works on quantum computing. “We've released two commercial systems, system model, H0, and H1, and I'm building and getting ready for the next model, H2,” Campbell said excitedly. As the quantum computing sector swells with activity and capital, Campbell’s job becomes more important than ever.

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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JILA Fellow Shuo Sun wins the prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
Published: July 20, 2021

Shuo Sun, assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Kyle Luh, assistant professor of mathematics, and their fellow recipients will receive $5,000 in seed money for the 2021-22 academic year to enhance their research as they launch their academic careers. Each recipient’s institution matches the award, and winners may use the $10,000 grants to purchase equipment, continue research or travel to professional meetings.

PI(s):
Shuo Sun
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JILA Fellow Shuo Sun is awarded the Keck Foundation Grant for developing Quantum Technology
Published: July 19, 2021

Two physicists at the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado School of Mines have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop a first-of-its-kind quantum simulator that could be used to develop novel materials and, in the future, lead to the development of a high-performance quantum computer.

PI(s):
Shuo Sun
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JILA Fellow Peter Conti has Passed Away
Published: June 23, 2021

Fellow Adjoint of JILA and Retired/Emeritus Fellow of JILA, Peter Conti, has passed away. Conti died at the age of 87 due to complications from a car accident that occurred on June 12, 2021. 

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William Milner wins this year's GPMFC Student Poster Prize at DAMOP
Published: June 03, 2021

William Milner win's this year's GPMFC Student Poster Prize at DAMOP

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Jun Ye Highlighted as one of the Department of Commerce's AANHPI Pioneers
Published: May 27, 2021

The Department of Commerce is proud to join the Nation in recognizing the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, also known as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Observed annually in May, AANHPI Heritage Month is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the remarkable role of the AANHPI community in our Nation’s history. It also is a time to recognize all the many contributions and achievements within the AAHNPI community that have had a positive impact on our Nation. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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Ann-Marie Madigan takes home prestigious award for research in dynamical astronomy
Published: May 25, 2021

CU Boulder astrophysicist Ann-Marie Madigan has taken home a prestigious prize in recognition of her research exploring the dynamics of objects in space—from stars circling black holes to icy dwarf planets in the outer solar system.

PI(s):
Ann-Marie Madigan
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Philip Makotyn joins CUbit Quantum Initiative as executive director
Published: May 13, 2021

Philip Makotyn joins CUbit Quantum Initiative as executive director

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Former JILA Postdoc Adam J Fleisher speaks on his work to develop artifact-free, SI-traceable measurements of carbon dioxide in air.
Published: May 11, 2021

Previous JILA postdoc Adam J Fleisher has written a blog about his work to develop artifact-free, SI-traceable measurements of carbon dioxide in air. 

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