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Awards & Honors

University of Maryland Ph.D. recipient Jianglai Liu is the 2006 winner of the Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) thesis prize. This award is given annually to a graduate student who has carried out research, theoretical or experimental, related to the science under investigation at Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, VA.  Established in 1999, the prize is awarded annually for the best graduate student thesis and includes a stipend of $2000 and a commemorative wall plaque. Four areas are considered: the quality of the written dissertation, the student’s contribution to the research, the work’s impact on the field of physics, and service (how the work benefits the Lab/other experiments). The award was presented June 19 during the annual Users Group meeting.

Jianglai received his Ph.D. from Maryland in May 2006 under the direction of Professor Betsy Beise. The results of his thesis research were published in Physical Review Letters in 2005, and provided the first determination of the contribution of strange quarks to the proton’s charge and magnetism over a broad spatial range. Jianglai's work was one of four independent analyses that led to the final result. He is now a postdoctoral research fellow in the Kellogg Radiation Lab at Caltech in Pasadena, CA, working on experiments in fundamental symmetries using neutrinos and ultra-cold neutrons.

David Hammer, Professor, was awarded the Leo Schubert Award in College Teaching from the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Sogee Spinner, Graduate Student, and Paul Hohler, Graduate Student, received the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship Award for the 2007-2008 annual year.


In the News

A paper based on research funded by NSF (DMR-MRSEC) was published in the June issue of Nano Letters. Ellen Williams', the Principal Investigator and MRSEC Director, work appeared on the cover.
To view the article, visit: http://pubs3.acs.org/acs/journals/doilookup?

Robert Park, Professor, appeared in a news segment for Al-Jazeera to discuss space travel.

On May 10th, Daniel Lathrop, Professor, was quoted on livescience.com in an article about the Earth's magnetic field and the occasional flip-flops that take place.  

John Mather, Adjunct Professor, participated in a roundtable discussion convened by Senators Richard Shelby and Barbara Mikulski. Mikulski chairs the Senate Science Appropriations subcommittee, which funds the nation's science agencies. The story was reported by Fox News on May 2.

Robert Park, Professor, was quoted in Cosmos Magazine on May 23, 2007. Park discussed a proposal by a medical student who was able to convince NASA to fund his research based on Wikipedia reviews about hydrino theory.

Professors Ellen Williams and Sankar DasSarma were mentioned on WRAL-TV, Raleigh, on May 21st as part of the story covering the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s and the National Science Foundation’s $2 million grant for nanoelectronics research at six NSF affiliated research centers.

Roald Sagdeev, Professor, was profiled on the Russiannewsroom.com on April 14, 2007. 



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