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1 May 2014

Spring 2014

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1 May 2014

Congratulations to Professor Joe Silk, who has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. Joe is the former Savilian Professor of Astronomy and is an Emeritus Professorial Fellow of New College. He has also has affiliations with the Institut d'astrophysique de Paris and Johns Hopkins University. Joe has published widely in many different areas of theoretical astrophysics, and is especially well known for his contributions to cosmology, where he originated the idea of "Silk damping", a process important for setting the galactic mass scale.

28 April 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Cherwell-Simon Lecture will be given by Prof Peter Higgs CH DSc PhD MSc BSc FRS FRSE FInstP, Emeritus Professor University of Edinburgh, on 16th May at 4.30 pm in the Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute.

Prof Higgs will lecture on “My Life as Boson”.

Due to the expected demand admission is with registration confirmation only.

23 April 2014

Congratulations to Mireia Crispin Ortuzar who has been awarded the Winton Prize 2014 for the most promising D.Phil student in Physics for work in the area of Statistical Analysis of data.

During her graduate research, Mireia performed data analysis that led to the first search for supersymmetric particles using all the data from the recent run of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

11 April 2014

Congratulations to Alexander Hearmon who has been awarded the PANalytical Thesis Prize 2014 for the best use of techniques or methods of Physical Crystallography in a successfully examined thesis. Alexander has recently completed his thesis "Neutron, X-ray and Optical Studies of Multiferroic Materials" under the supervision of Paolo Radaelli.

11 April 2014

Congratulations to Dr Roger Johnson who has been awarded the IoP Physical Crystallography Prize 2014. This Prize is awarded for the best recently published work by a person in the early stages of their career, working in the field of Physical Crystallography, and whose research is expected to make a significant impact in the field. The award refers to Roger's recent publications in the Physical Review Letters.

4 April 2014

Dr Boon Kok Tan has been awarded the 2014 MERAC Prize of the European Astronomical Society for the Best Doctoral Thesis in the area of New Technologies for his thesis in the field of sub-millimetre wave astronomy.

The research has contributed significantly to the advancement of the state of the art of coherent detector technologies.

20 March 2014

Congratulations to Professor Guy Wilkinson who has been elected Spokesperson of the LHCb collaboration. The experiment, located at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, is a multi-national particle-physics collaboration involving 67 institutes from 16 countries with over 1000 members. The experiment is making precision studies of CP violation and rare decays of beauty and charm (“heavy flavour”) hadrons and is searching for signatures of new physics beyond the Standard Model. Guy will take up his 3-year term of office from July this year.

19 March 2014

Oxford Physics Postdoc research fellow Tessa Baker has won a gold medal and £3,000 in the SET for Britain poster competition finals held at the House of Commons on 17 March.

She was among 210 early career researchers who were shortlisted to display their work to politicians and a panel of expert judges.

13 March 2014

Dr. Mitya Pushkin, a PDRA at the University of Oxford, hailing from Minsk, Belarus is attending Parliament to present his physics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 17 March.

Mitya’s poster on research about fluctuations and mixing that occur in suspensions of of swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and algae, will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Mitya has carried out this work in collaboration with Prof. Julia M.