News & Honors

Ponce awarded inaugural Yale Physics Graduate Diversity Fellowship

Yale Physics graduate student Iris Ponce has been awarded the inaugural Yale Physics Graduate Diversity Fellowship for Fall 2021 to work with Reina Maruyama, professor of physics, on a study of how students enter or leave the Yale Physics undergraduate program. The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis following an application process and committee review.   Read  more.

Three Yale Physics professors named as inspiring Black scientists in America

3 headshots of scientists The Community of Scholars has posted a list on Cell Mentor of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America that includes a number of researchers from Yale.  Three of these scholars are Yale Physics faculty:  O. Keith Baker, professor of physics, Larry Gladney, the Phyllis Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of physics, and Michael Murrell, associate professor of biomedical engineering and physics.  Read more.

Gladney to head committee on communal expectations for teaching and learning

headshot. Over the coming weeks, this committee, chaired by Yale Physics Professor and FAS Dean of Diversity and Development Larry Gladney, will work to develop a set of communal expectations for FAS teaching and learning that outline principles of mutual respect and understanding for faculty and students in our classroom interactions. The work will be highly collaborative, drawing on and consulting with the organizational structures that give voice to our communal well-being, including the Yale College Council, the Graduate Student Assembly, the FAS Faculty Senate, the residential colleges, and others across campus. Read more.

Wright Lab graduate students win fellowships

Hannah Bossi (pictured upper left), Samantha Pagan (lower left) and Arina Telles (lower right) have each been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  

Sumita Ghosh (pictured upper right) has been accepted into the triplet program of the Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET), which includes funding for up to three years of research at a leading technology company or national laboratory

Joseph Shomar wins 2020 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

headshot Congratulations to Yale Physics graduate student Joseph Shomar (advisor Damon Clark) upon winning a 2020 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Luna Zagorac selected as a Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) recipient

Yale Physics graduate student Luna Zagorac (advisor Nikhil Padmanabhan) has been selected as a Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) recipient with her project “A Light in the Dark: UltraLight Dark Matter in Simulation and Observation”. The Astrophysics Division received 158 proposals, and Luna was one of the 19 selected. FINESST accepts proposals for graduate student-designed research projects that contribute to SMD’s science, technology, and exploration goals.

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