KICP News, 2008

Evalyn Gates becomes the new KICP Assistant Director
January 2, 2008
Evalyn Gates, KICP Assistant Director
Evalyn Gates, KICP Assistant Director
Please join us in welcoming Evalyn Gates as the new KICP Assistant Director starting January 1.

Evalyn's research program spans particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. She has considerable experience in science administration having served as the Vice President for Science & Education at the Adler Planetarium. She has carried out a vigorous program of outreach and is the co-author of a proposed study of the under-representation of women in physics.

Stephan Meyer and John Carlstrom

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KICP Members: Evalyn I. Gates

CAPMAP Announces Final Results
February 12, 2008
CAPMAP telescope.
CAPMAP telescope.
The Cosmic Anisotropy Polarization MAPper (CAPMAP) collaboration has announced new measurements of the cosmic microwave background polarization, extending the range of previous measurements to smaller angular scales.

The polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) provides a unique window into the physics of the early Universe. Polarization can be decomposed into two components: the dominant E-modes and the much smaller B-modes. E-modes are sourced by the same density perturbations that give rise to the observed temperature anisotropies in the CMB while B-modes arise from both gravity waves generated during the period of inflation and gravitational lensing of the CMB by the cosmic web of dark matter.

Using the 7-meter Crawford Hill Antenna in New Jersey, CAPMAP completed its final data-taking season in the winter of 2004-2005, collecting over 900 hours of good data.


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KICP Members: Bruce D. Winstein
Scientific projects: CAPMAP

Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, 2008 - Maarten Schmidt (California Institute of Technology), and Donald Lynden-Bell (Cambridge University)
May 28, 2008
May 28, 2008 - Oslo/Norway

Seven pioneering scientists receive the Kavli Prize

Seven pioneering scientists who have transformed human knowledge in the fields of nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics have become the first recipients of the million-dollar Kavli prizes. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole Didrik Lærum, announced the names of the prize-winners at the Academy in Oslo today, 28 May.

The astrophysics prize was awarded jointly to Maarten Schmidt, of the California Institute of Technology, US, and Donald Lynden-Bell, of Cambridge University.

Louis E. Brus, of Columbia University, US, and Sumio Iijima, of Meijo University in Japan, share the nanoscience prize.

The neuroscience prize goes to three sci¬entists: Pasko Rakic, of the Yale University School of Medicine, US, Thomas Jessell, of Columbia University, US, and Sten Grillner, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

They are the inaugural recipients of the new Kavli prizes, a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation, and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

The prizes will be presented to the Kavli Laureates by HRH Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo Concert Hall on the 9th of September 2008.

Press contacts:
Anne-Marie Astad
Information Officer
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Office: + 47 22 12 10 92
Mobile: + 47 41 56 74 06

James Cohen
Director of Communications
The Kavli Foundation
Office: (805) 278-7495


Colin Bischoff awarded the Grainger Graduate Fellowship
June 18, 2008
We are pleased to announce that KICP graduate student Colin Bischoff was awarded the Grainger Graduate Fellowship in the Department of Physics. The Fellowship provides full calendar-year support for a graduate student nearing his/her final year, and is based on outstanding performance in research. Colin was recognized for his contributions to CAPMAP, a CMB polarization experiment which recently presented final results, and QUIET, a next generation 12-institution polarization experiment operating in the Atacama desert in Chile that should begin to collect its first data in 2-3 months. Colin's advisor is KICP senior member Bruce Winstein.

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KICP Students: Colin Bischoff
Scientific projects: CAPMAP; Q/U Imaging ExperimenT (QUIET)

Open positions: KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Search, 2009
September 12, 2008
The KICP announces the 2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunity. Scientists who have or expect a PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or related fields between September 2005 and September 2009 are invited to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct original research in experimental, numerical or theoretical cosmology in an active interdisciplinary environment. To apply please visit the KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship website.