JILA News

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.”

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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.

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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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Jun Ye wins the 2021 Julius Springer Prize
Published: May 10, 2021

The 2021 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics is awarded to Professor Jun Ye for pioneering research in fundamental quantum interactions of elemental matter and light, exploiting precision optical spectroscopy and laser-lattice atomic traps.

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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Former JILA Fellow Ellen Zweibel has been elected to National Academy of Sciences
Published: April 27, 2021

Former JILA Fellow Ellen Zweibel has been elected to National Academy of Sciences

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Can the Denver, Boulder area be an epicenter for the next great tech boom?
Published: April 16, 2021

A recent article in the Denver Post highlights a possible technology boom happening right here in the Denver and Boulder area. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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The First Life After JILA Interview with Jason Ensher
Published: April 15, 2021

This is our first article in the “Life After JILA” series, where we highlight the journeys of JILA alumni, and illustrate the impact that JILA has had on their careers. 

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Jun Ye Interviewed by Buff Innovator Insights Podcast
Published: March 26, 2021

JILA Fellow Jun Ye is interviewed for the Buff Innovator Insights Podcast hosted by the CU Boulder Research & Innovation Office. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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Jason Dexter Looks Deeper Into the First Image of a Black Hole
Published: March 24, 2021

In a team of over 300 scientists, JILA Fellow and assistant professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Jason Dexter digs further into the first picture ever taken of a black hole. His research has been recently published in a new paper for the Astrophysical Journal Letters. 

PI(s):
Jason Dexter
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