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26 February 2014

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society has awarded Edmund Highcock its prize for the best PhD thesis of 2012. Edmund, whose supervisor was Alex Schekochihin, is currently a Fellow by Examination of Magdalen College and works in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. His thesis was entitled "The zero turbulence manifold of fusion plasmas".

11 February 2014

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics researchers feature strongly as contributors to the first edition of the new series of the BBC's Sky at Night programme on BBC4 presented by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Oxford Astrophysics's Chris Lintott.

10 February 2014

On 23rd January at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory, over 200 people gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Godfrey Stafford, who was Director of the Laboratory from 1969 till 1981, and who died last July at the age of 93.

6 February 2014

Distinguished Astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE, MRIA will succeed Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA as the newly elected President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) starting October 2014.

Commenting on the election, Sir John said, "I am delighted to welcome Dame Jocelyn as my successor. Her scientific standing, her public profile and her great breadth of experience will greatly benefit the Royal Society of Edinburgh."

17 January 2014

Chris Lintott has been awarded the Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize of the American Astronomical Society for the creation of the Zooniverse. The award is in recognition of the citizen science programs at Zooniverse.org, which have led nearly a million people to discover and classify galaxies, planets and star clusters.

The first project, Galaxy Zoo, was launched in 2007 and we now support more than twenty projects in astronomy and other disciplines.

13 January 2014

The Fowler Prize in Astronomy has been awarded to Dr Joanna Dunkley from Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.

19 December 2013

Oxford Physicist Henry Snaith has been named one of Nature magazine's 10 people who mattered this year for his pioneering work on a new type of solar cell based on perovskite semiconductors which promise high energy conversion efficiency together with low fabrication costs.

See http://www.nature.com/news/1.14367 for more details.

4 December 2013

Professor Daniela Bortoletto* (Particle Physics) has been elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The Council and peers have elected members 'who have made scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications and who have been continuous members for the four years preceding their nomination'.
We congratulate Daniela and wish her continued success in her career.

27 November 2013

Physics Today has highlighted research using the PImMS camera, a fast CMOS-based imaging camera developed by the PImMS collaboration between Oxford Physics, Oxford Chemistry and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

22 November 2013

Tim Woollings has been awarded the inaugural University of Oslo Inspiration Award for Numerical Climate Studies, one of five such awards intended to "recognise and reward a valuable scientific output or a distinguished scientific career that others have found absolutely inspirational". Tim's award is for his paper "Variability of the North Atlantic eddy-driven jet stream" published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

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