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Published: 12-13-2017

The Chinese Academy of Sciences announced on November 29, 2017 the election of JILA Fellow Jun Ye as a Foreign Member, China’s highest honor for foreign scientists:

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) promotes scientific and technological advances across the world. CAS includes a network of more than 100 research and development organizations across the world; three universities; and a traditional merit-...

Published: 12-13-2017

JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye was named the 2017 winner of the NIST Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, one of the top honors for the more than 1,600 scientific and technical NIST employees.

Jacob Rabinow was a prolific innovator working at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), the predecessor of NIST, receiving more than 200 patents for his inventions of mechanical, electrical and optical...

Published: 12-13-2017

Julie Bachinski was selected to receive NIST's 2017 Director's Award for Excellence in Administration among the more than 1,000 administrative professionals working across NIST. Julie Bachinski is the Administrative Officer for the NIST Quantum Physics Division, the NIST part of JILA.

Bachinski is a crucial leader and contributor in JILA’s outstanding administrative and technical...

Published: 11-16-2017

JILA Fellows Jun Ye and Deborah Jin (1968 to 2016) have been named Highly Cited Researchers for 2017 by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). 

The list of Highly Cited Researchers, published annually since 2014, recognizes scientists across the world with the greatest number (top 1%) of highly cited publications. The 2017 list covers the period from 2006 through 2016, and includes all categories of science. Ye and Jin are among 193 physicists across the world...

Published: 10-27-2017

The American Physical Society has bestowed its 2018 Excellence in Physics Education Award upon the PhET Interactive Simulations Team. The team includes Stanford University Professor Carl Wieman, PhET’s Founder and senior advisor; PhET Director Kathy Perkins (University of Colorado); Ariel Paul, Director of Development; Michael Dubson, Physics faculty, University of Colorado; Emily B. Moore, Director of Research and Accessibility, University of Colorado; and Sam Reid, Software Developer,...

Published: 10-26-2017

Marissa Weichman, a postdoc in the Ye group, has won the 2018 Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics.

The award recognizes Weichman’s dissertation study of slow photoelectron velocity-map imaging of cryo-cooled anions. This spectroscopy technique can be used to study the detailed vibrational and electronic structure of exotic neutral species, including radicals, clusters, and transition states of reactive surfaces. Weichman completed her dissertation in the...

Published: 10-23-2017

JILA graduate student Sarah Bromley won the Harry Lustig Award from the American Physical Society Four Corners Meeting. 

The Harry Lustig Award was established in 2015 to remember Lustig's academic achievements and strong commitment to support the work of physics students through APS. The award recognizes outstanding graduate-level research by individuals working in one of the four corner states (AZ, NM, CO, and Utah). 

The three finalists...

Published: 10-23-2017

The 5th annual JILA posterfest was a smashing success, thanks to the outstanding posters, as well as the snacks. 

The event, held this past Thursday, October 19, had 45 posters sharing the latest JILA research, from the very small (such as T. Thiele's,  "Toward Atomic Arrays Close to Nanoscopic Devices") to the very large (such as A. Zderic's "A Dynamical Instability in the Outer Solar System"). 

JILA's posterfest was full of discussion. Many students,...

Published: 10-18-2017

JILA and NRC postdoc Dr. David Jacobson was awarded the American Physical Society’s 2017 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics. The thesis prize is awarded for outstanding quality and achievement in any area of experimental, computational, engineering, or theoretical biological physics. While JILA has had great success with the APS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics, now named after Debbie Jin, this is the...

Published: 10-13-2017

Fellow Thomas Perkins has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for innovations in precision measurement of dynamic biological systems at the smallest scales. 

Perkins’s fellowship was recommended by the APS Division of Biological Physics. He is the first JILA Fellow to receive an APS fellowship through this division.

The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one-half a percent of the membership. Only seven...

Published: 10-06-2017

At the  CO-LABS' 2017 Governor's Awards for High Impact Research Thursday October 5, 2017, JILA Fellow Tom Perkins received a plaque commemorating his work described as New Twists in the Molecules of Life.

This year’s ninth annual event honored Colorado’s top scientists and engineers for projects that have had a significant impact on society.  “The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight are what makes Colorado a leader in innovation,” said...

Published: 09-27-2017

Ralph Jimenez was awarded a Department of Commerce Gold Medal on September 26, 2017, at DOC headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jimenez was part of a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) team that recently developed and produced X-ray movies of molecules. The team developed the research tools to make stop-action X-ray measurements of light interacting with molecules on near instantaneous time scales.

Jimenez and his team used an innovative...

Published: 09-26-2017

PhET Interactive Simulations, based at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been named one of six recipients of the 2017 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards.

PhET was founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate and JILA Fellow Adjoint Carl Wieman. It was previously funded by the JILA Physics Frontier Center. PhET creates interactive math...

Published: 09-20-2017

Former JILAn Dennis F. Gardner Jr. (Kapteyn-Murnane group) has been awarded the 2017 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for his doctoral work in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) imaging. Gardner received $1,000 and a certificate citing his contribution to laser science.

Gardner’s thesis, entitled “...

Published: 08-28-2017

Fellow Tom Perkins has won a 2017 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. Perkins will receive the award from Governor John Hickenlooper at an event sponsored by the CO-LABS consortium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on October 5, 2017. This year’s ninth annual event will honor Colorado’s top scientists and engineers for projects having a significant impact on society.

“The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight what...

Published: 08-21-2017

Ana Maria Rey has been appointed a NIST Fellow as of August 21,2017 by the Acting Director of NIST. JILA is a research and training partnership between the University of Colorado and NIST, and Ana Maria is one of the several JILA Fellows who are NIST employees. Ana Maria was named a NIST Fellow in recognition of her world-leading program in quantum theory, her pioneering work in quantum many-body physics, and her continuing powerful collaborations with experimentalists at JILA, at NIST, and...

Published: 07-18-2017

Leah Dodson won the Miller Prize at the 72nd International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, held June 19–23 in Urbana, Illinois. Dodson is an NRC postdoc whose official advisor is Jun Ye, but who primarily works on molecular spectroscopy in the Mathias Weber lab. Her award-winning talk was entitled “Oxalate Formation in Titanium––Carbon Dioxide Anionic Clusters Studied by Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy.”

“Leah gave a nice polished presentation with good organization and...

Published: 07-17-2017

Bryce Bjork’s talk entitled “Direct Measurement of OD+CO-> cis-DOCO, trans-DOCO, and D+CO2 Branching Kinetics using Time-Resolved Frequency Comb Spectroscopy” was selected by a panel of judges at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy as one of three winners of the 2017 Rao Prize. The prize will be presented to Bjork at the June 2018 Symposium.

In addition, Bjork was asked to serve...

Published: 06-20-2017

Ana Maria Rey has been named the winner of the 2017 Alexander Cruickshank Award in Atomic Physics by the Gordon Research Conferences. The award recognizes international leadership and impact in the organization’s main areas of biological, chemical, and physical sciences. It was presented to Rey by the Atomic Physics Gordon Research Conference “From Quantum Control to Tests of Fundamental Physics,” held on June 11–16 in Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island. Rey was nominated by...

Published: 06-20-2017

Dr. Stephen J. Smith, Founding Fellow of JILA, passed away on June 10, 2017, at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, three of his five sons, and four grandchildren. 

Smith was one of seven NIST scientists who relocated to Boulder, Colorado, in 1962, to found the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) with the University of Colorado Boulder Physics Department. The joint institute was officially launched April 13, 1962. Fifty years later, Smith...

Published: 06-13-2017

NPR’s education reporter Eric Westervelt is excited about Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman’s passion for transforming how undergraduate science courses are taught. On June 7, 2017, Westervelt talked with Wieman about his new book Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education...

Published: 05-31-2017

Eric Coughln has been named winner of the 2016 Ph.D. Thesis Prize from the High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics Division of the International Astronomical Union. He will receive the prize at the next IAU General Assemply, which will be held in Vienna in August 2018. Coughlin is also winner of the 2017 Dissertation Prize from the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society. 

The IAU Thesis Prize consists of a grant (including airfare, one week...

Published: 05-19-2017

May 18 was a red-letter day for Fellow Dana Anderson and employees of the company he founded, ColdQuanta. For the first time ever, ultracold 85Rb atoms soared above the Earth during an airplane flight with Anderson at the controls. The plane flew from Boulder to Fort Collins and back. University of Colorado Boulder Science Writer Trent Knoss was there and filed this exciting report from the scene...

Published: 04-28-2017

The American Physical Society is memorializing Fellow Deborah Jin by renaming the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) Award for “Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics." Henceforward, the award will be called the Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics.

On April 27, 2017, the Deborah Jin Memorial Endowment Campaign reached its goal of raising $100,000 to...

Published: 03-07-2017

Christina Porter has won the 2017 Karel Urbanek Best Student Paper Award. The award consists of a wall plaque, honorarium, and trophy. The award was presented  on Thursday March 2, 2017, at this year's Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography conference at the SPIE Advanced LIthography in San Jose, California. The award is sponsored by KLA-Tencor.

Porter's paper was entitled "Sub-wavelength transmission and reflection-mode tabletop imaging...

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