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  • Peter van Nieuwenhuizen Shares $3M Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for “Invention of Supergravity”. Peter’s work with Dan Freedman and Sergio Ferrara was done at Stony Brook.

  • Rouven Essig Named Simons Investigator

  • Connor Behan wins Stony Brook Presidential Doctoral Research Award

Peter van Nieuwenhuizen Shares $3M Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for “Invention of Supergravity”. Peter’s work with Dan Freedman and Sergio Ferrara was done at Stony Brook.

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The Breakthrough Prize cites the “powerful influence" of the supergravity formalism, which provided the first quantum field theory that truly unified gravity with the strong, electromagnetic and weak forces of the Standard Model.   It has served as a link from string theory to many realms of physics and mathematics, with applications to condensed matter and nuclear physics.

This award is only the fifth Special Breakthrough Prize, a category in its own right, and the invention of Supergravity joins the discoveries of gravitational waves, of pulsars, of the Higgs boson, and those of Stephen Hawking, in receiving this recognition.
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Rouven Essig Named Simons Investigator

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This prestigious appointment begins on August 1, 2019.

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-physical-sciences/simons-investigators/simons-investigators-awardees/

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Connor Behan wins Stony Brook Presidential Doctoral Research Award

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Connor joins the list of YITP doctoral students who have won the President’s Award for Distinguished Doctoral Research.

https://grad.stonybrook.edu/awards/President_Doctoral.php

Many more YITP students have done distinguished research than can receive this award, but Connor is the seventh YITP winner in the past ten years.   He was preceded since 2006 by Wolfger Peelars (2016), Mao Zeng (2016), Matt von Hippel (2014), Abhijit Gadde (2012), Leandro Almeida (2010) and Ilmo Sung (2010). Our list of even-earlier winners includes Carola Berger (2003), Shu-Chiuan Chang, (2002),  Gianluca Oderda (1999), Shan-Ho Tsai (1998) and Alexander Kusenko (1994).

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High civilian award of India to YITP alumna, Prof. Rohini Godbole

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https://padmaawards.gov.in/AwardeeTickets2019.aspx

Rohini Godbole of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, graduated from the ITP in 1979, having studied with our late colleague, Jack Smith.  Forty years later, Dr. Godbole is a 2019 recipient of the Padma Shri Award, joining  Ashoke Sen (awarded 2001) as YITP alumni winners of Padma awards.  The Padma awards are presented  by the government of India to civilians for distinguished achievements and service in all fields.  Her important work in particle theory is internationally known, and she is a member of the most prestigious scientific academies in India.   She is also celebrated as an advocate of women in science, and her book Lilivati’s Daughters features essays by Indian women of science, several of which recount formative professional experiences at Stony Brook.
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George Sterman presents 2018 Heinrich Hertz Lecture at DESY on the way to Vienna’s Schroedinger Guest Professorship

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The Heinrich Hertz Lecture is an annual English-speaking public event, presented  in Hamburg Germany each September, by an invited scientist at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY).

This lecture is a memorial to Heinrich Hertz, the native of Hamburg whose nineteenth century demonstration of electromagnetic radiation in the laboratory provided a cornerstone of science and technology ever since.

http://www.desy.de/news/lecture_series/hertz_lectures/index_eng.html

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