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Congrats to Margaret Murnane for Receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Limerick

May 1, 2021|University of Limerick|

JILA Fellow Margaret Murnane has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Limerick this year – her 6th Honorary Doctorate.

“I hadn’t even known I was being considered for it,” Murnane says of the award. Murnane, a native of Ireland, is excited to add another excuse to return to the country. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in Ireland, only 10% of high school graduates at that time had the opportunity to attend university. It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that Ireland had the resources to invest in higher education by expanding their university system, later followed by flourishing science research. Murnane grew up very close to the University of Limerick, which became a university in 1980. She is excited to hopefully be attending the awards ceremony in person in August of 2021. When speaking of her future trip, Murnane stated: “It’ll be great to be able to be with family and friends again.”

Murnane’s group at JILA focuses on ultrafast laser and X-ray science. This year Murnane was also awarded the Franklin Medal in Physics for her work. She shared the award with JILA Fellow Dr. Henry Kapteyn.

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Congrats to Sarah Kerr for Receiving the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award from the CU Boulder Physics Department

April 27, 2021|CU Boulder Physics Department|

Sarah Kerr receives the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to both the 1120 and 3220 teaching teams, including:

  • Above-and-beyond assistance handling unexpected pandemic-related issues
  • Serving as an outstanding example of pedagogy to the other TAs
  • Always looking for new opportunities to engage with and assist students in these courses.
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Congrats to Dr. Alexandra Werth for Receiving the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award from the CU Boulder Physics Department

April 27, 2021|CU Boulder Physics Department|

Dr. Alexandra Werth receives the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to Phys 1140:

  • Primarily responsible for the design, creation and running of a remote version of the Phys 1140 lab course
  • Remote version of Phys 1140 has been very successful and popular with students.
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Congrats to Jianwei (John) Miao for Receiving the 2021 Innovation in Materials Characterization Award from the Materials Research Society

April 19, 2021|Materials Research Society|

Congratulations to Jianwei (John) Miao for receiving the 2021 Innovation in Materials Characterization Award from the Materials Research Society for pioneering coherent diffractive imaging for a wide range of material systems and atomic electron tomography for determining atomic positions without assuming crystallinity.

Check out John’s MRS talk here.

Beyond Crystallography: Coherent Diffractive Imaging and Atomic Electron Tomography

Over the last century, crystallography has been fundamental to the development of many fields of science. However, many samples in materials science, physics, chemistry, nanoscience, geology, and biology are non-crystalline, and thus their 3D structures are not accessible by crystallography. Miao will present two methods that can go beyond crystallography: coherent diffractive imaging and atomic electron tomography. He will illustrate the basic principle and broad application of coherent diffractive imaging. He will also present atomic electron tomography for 3D structure determination of crystal defects and amorphous materials at the single atomic level.

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Congrats to Iona Binnie for Receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

March 23, 2021|The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program|

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

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Congrats to Franklin Dollar for Receiving the 2021 Tom Angell Fellowship Award for Outstanding Mentoring from UC Irvine

March 1, 2021|UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence|

Awarded annually at the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence event, this fellowship is intended to honor Tom Angell’s contributions as the UCI Graduate Counselor to graduate student wellness and retention. Awards are open to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. Award recipients demonstrate outstanding mentorship by going above and beyond their normal duties to create new opportunities to mentor UCI students.

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Congrats to Laura Waller for Receiving the 2021 Optical Society (OSA) Adolph Lomb Medal

February 11, 2021|The Optical Society (OSA)|

Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts.

Laura is being honored specifically for important contributions to the advancement of computational microscopy and its applications.

Adolph Lomb was OSA’s treasurer from its founding until his death in 1932.  In recognition of his devotion to OSA and the advancement of optics, the Adolph Lomb Medal, established in 1940, is presented to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early career stage.

She joins an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of optics and photonics.

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Congrats to Heather Lewandowski for Receiving the Boulder Faculty Excellence Award for AY 2020-2021

February 10, 2021|University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Assembly|

The BFA Excellence Awards specifically recognize outstanding work and a concerted effort to make advances in the academy.  This award recognizes the importance of teaching and mentoring students as significant components of faculty duties. Congratulations, Heather!

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