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Keivan Stassun inaugurated fellow of the American Astronomical Society

February 26, 2020—Congratulations to Keivan Stassun, who is in the class of Inaugural Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS Fellows)

» press release.

» list of fellows.


Vicki Greene elected Vice-Chair of the APS DNP

February 26, 2020—Kudos to Vicki Greene, Stevenson Professor of Physics, who has been elected Vice-Chair of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics. Vicki enters the Chair line and will spend the next four years cycling through as Vice Chair, Chair Elect, Chair and Past Chair. The DNP membership has placed exceptional trust in her judgment and talents.


Prof. Sok Pantelides awarded a Honorary Professor title

February 17, 2020—We are pleased to announce that during a visit to India prof. Sokrates Pantelides was proclaimed “Honorary Professor” of Galgotias University, a major private university. Congratulations to him!


Jessie Runnoe and Stephen Taylor awarded Dean’s Faculty Fellowships!

February 3, 2020—Congratulations to our two new Assistant Professors, Jessie Runnoe and Stephen Taylor, who have both been awarded Dean’s Faculty Fellowships! Dean Geer will make the official announcement at the February A&S Faculty Meeting (2/18 at 4:10pm in Wilson 103).


Shane Hutson to serve another three-year term as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy

January 31, 2020—Professor Shane Hutson has agreed to serve another three-year term as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy beginning August 1, 2020. Please join in thanking Shane for his continued leadership and service.


Alfredo Gurrola won a prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

January 27, 2020—Dark matter is one of the universe's greatest mysteries. Scientists still don't know what it consists of, despite the fact that it makes up roughly 27% of the universe's energy density. But Assistant Professor of Physics Alfredo Gurrola has a novel way to look for the answer--and he just won a prestigious NSF CAREER Grant to fuel his search.


Sok Pantelides, received an Award for International Scientific Cooperation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences

January 26, 2020—Congratulations to Sok Pantelides, University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering, who has received one of this year’s Awards for International Scientific Cooperation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences!


Todd Timberlake won this year's Excellence in Physics Education Award!

January 17, 2020—Kudos to Vanderbilt alum Todd Timberlake (B.A. Physics 1994) who is now on the faculty at Berry College and was part of the Open Source Physics Team that won this year's Excellence in Physics Education Award!


Relativistic Heavy Ion group publication in Nature Physics

December 10, 2018—

The Relativistic Heavy Ion team of Profs. Velkovska, Greene and Verweij, together with their students published a paper today in Nature Physics: “Creation of quark-gluon plasma droplets with three distinct geometries.” It is based on the thesis work of Qiao Xu (PhD 2018) and Sylvia Morrow (soon to graduate) .

There is a nice summary from Vanderbilt’s research news

and a press release from Brookhaven National Lab.



Marta Verweij featured in Symmetry magazine

December 4, 2018—A nice article in Symmetry magazine featuring Marta Verweij is on the current heavy-ion run at CERN:

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