The award recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research and the advancement of underrepresented minority scientists. The APS recognized Lousto “for contributions to both numerical relativity, conducive to the solution of the binary black hole problem, and the understanding of the first detection of gravitational waves and service to the Hispanic scientific community, including the establishment of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2003.”
Jason Nordhaus, an NTID assistant professor of physics and a program faculty member in RIT’s astrophysical sciences and technology Ph.D. program, has developed a system of complex 3D super-computer algorithms able to pinpoint the existence of previously undiscovered planets and celestial bodies associated with dying stars. His research is partially funded by a three-year grant from the NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute.
Two of the conference’s organizers, Don Figer, director of RIT’s Future Photon Initiative, and Gregory Howland, a postdoctoral research fellow at RIT, answered questions about quantum science, photonics and where these two fields intersect.
Graduate students in the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program presented highlights from their research projects at the annual AST Research Talks Jamboree Friday, October 26th, 2018. This event provides the opportunity for students to practice giving research presentations in an informal and friendly setting, while also providing those new to the program with an overview of what people are working on. Although it has a serious purpose, because it is always held around Halloween, it’s become a tradition to dress creatively.
Photo #21 is a group picture of the presentation prize winners. Left to right: Emily Wilson (pre-PhD qualifier/MS, honorable mention; Meaghann Stoelting (pre-qualifier/MS, best talk); Kevin Cooke (post-PhD qualifier, honorable mention), Yashashree Jadhav (post-PhD qualifier, best talk).
Robert Teese (SoPA) will receive a Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service