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David Nesbitt honored with 2013 Pacesetter Award for his work in Science Education
Published: 08-26-2013

David Nesbitt has been awarded the 2013 Pacesetter Award in the science category. For nineteen years, David has spent one Saturday each month teaching youngsters, who range in age from 8 to 17, and their parents all about the wonders of science. In 1994 he took over as director of the CU Wizards program and has greatly expanded the range of scientific topics.

The annual Pacesetter Award has been presented by the publisher and editor of the Daily Camera for twenty-seven years to awardees in ten categories of community service and achievement.

From the Daily Camera presenters:

[David] has been instrumental in inspiring Boulder's youngsters to learn more about how things work. It doesn't hurt that he engages his audience in fun and exciting events that often possess a tiny hint of danger.

The Pacesetter Awards presentation and luncheon is being held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Millenium Harvest House hotel. For more information about attending, please see the Pacesetter awards link.

James Thompson Awarded Department of Commerce Bronze Medal
Published: 08-07-2013

James Thompson has been named the winner of a 2013 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his work on pioneering superradiant lasers. The superradiant laser is a quantum device that emits coherent lasing photons.

The DoC Bronze Medal is the highest honor the NIST Director can bestow upon NIST staff for outstanding accomplishments. The Bronze Medal citation reads “For pioneering the development of an entirely new form of laser, vastly improving stability for a broad range of precision measurement and research.”

Thompson will be honored at the NIST Annual Awards ceremony in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The ceremony is tentatively planned for December 4, 2013. NIST’s Quantum Physics Division will provide travel expenses for Thompson and a guest to the Gaithersburg event.

The Boulder Laboratories are also planning to host a local awards ceremony in early December.

Ana Maria Rey Wins “Great Minds in STEM” Most Promising Scientist Award
Published: 08-01-2013

Theorist Ana Maria Rey has been given the 2013 “Great Minds in STEM” Most Promising Scientist Award. The honor is also known as the HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference) Award.

The Most Promising Scientist Award is an early career award for Hispanic-American researchers. Rey is a top young AMO theorist who has made important contributions to NIST and JILA in the fields of ultracold atoms, ultracold molecules, atomic clocks, quantum information, and other areas.

Rey and her group often get directly involved in planning the details of experiments. Their work has made possible many breakthroughs in AMO physics, precision measurement, and quantum simulation. The Rey group is well known for its insightful suggestions for improving laboratory experiments.

Rey came to JILA in 2008 as a Columbian citizen, with the intention of becoming a NIST employee when she receives U.S. citizenship within the next couple of years. She is currently an employee of the University of Colorado and a NIST associate.

Rey will receive the award at the 25th annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, which will be held October 3–5 in New Orleans.

Henry Kapteyn Elected as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences
Published: 04-30-2013

Henry Kapteyn has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the academy announced on April 30, 2013. Kapteyn joins seven other members of the JILA faculty as members of the academy. They include John Hall (1984), Carl Wieman (1995), Eric Cornell (2000), Margaret Murnane (2004), Deborah Jin (2005) and Jun Ye (2011). NIST Nobel Laureate Dave Wineland and CU Physics Professors Noel Clark and John Wahr are also academy members.

Kapteyn's research interests include the development of new light sources at short wavelengths and their use in studies of dynamic processes in material and chemical systems. Kapteyn recently developed high-energy ultrashort-pulse laser technology in collaboration with Margaret Murnane. The new technology makes it possible to generate coherent extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray bursts of femtosecond and attosecond duration.

The Kapteyn/Murnane group invented the first sub-10 femtosecond modelocked Ti:sapphire laser that is now a standard fixture in thousands of laboratories around the world. The group also developed technologies to amplify very short pulses to high peak powers. These new technologies have been adopted worldwide for multiple applications in science and technology. They have been commercialized through a Boulder, Colorado, spin-off company, KMLabs Inc. Professor Kapteyn serves as CEO of KMLabs.

Additional recognition of Kapteyn's accomplishments include the Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology, the Arthur L Schawlow Prize, the R. W. Wood Prize, and the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. Kapteyn was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

David Nesbitt Elected as 2013 Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Published: 04-24-2013

David Nesbitt has been elected as a 2013 member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts, including JILA Fellows Carl Lineberger, Eric Cornell, Margaret Murnane, and Deborah Jin, Fellow emeritus Carl Wieman, and such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill.

“Our deepest congratulations go out to David from all of JILA for his recognition by the academy,” said JILA Chair Murray Holland.  “David has made seminal contributions to diverse fields of both chemistry and physics, including laser spectroscopy, gas-phase reaction dynamics, nanomaterials, and single-molecule biophysics. His election to this prestigious honorary society is well deserved.”

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Class of 2013 also includes Bruce Springsteen, Robert DeNiro, Annie Dillard, Pete Seeger, Herbie Hancock, Sally Field, Rene Fleming, John Glenn, and ... 2012 Nobel Laureate Dave Wineland of NIST Boulder.

Nesbitt joins one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations, which is also a leading center for independent policy research. Its members make contributions to science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.

“Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”

Margaret Murnane Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy
Published: 04-17-2013

Margaret Murnane was elected an Honory Member of the Royal Irish Academy in March of 2013. She was nominated for the honor by Professor Eugene Kennedy, MRIA, and Professor Luke Drury, MRIA. Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The Royal Irish Academy was founded in 1785 for the advancement of learning and scholarship in Ireland. The Academy's modern mission is faithful to its founding charter. This all-Ireland institution promotes excellence in scholarship, recognizes achievements in learning, and undertakes its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. The Academy is looking forward to Murnane's participation and involvement in its mission.


Deborah Jin to be honored as 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America
Published: 03-26-2013

On Thursday, March 28, Deborah Jin will be honored in a ceremony at the Sorbonne in Paris as the '2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America', as part of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program.  One of five 2013 regional laureates, she was cited for being the first scientist in the world to create near absolute zero temperature potassium-rubidium (KRb) molecules that allow her, and colleagues, to slow chemical reactions down in order to see what goes on during molecular processes.

Dr. Jin explained to L'Oréal-UNESCO:

“Finding ways to use new knowledge coming from this field could potentially transform society. The study of ultra-cold molecules could lead to new precision-measurement tools, new methods for quantum computing and help us better understand materials that are essential to technology.”

Since its founding in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has honored 77 Award Laureates and more than 1,652 Fellows -- women working across the spectrum of research.

For more background, please see Deborah Jin Wins L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award (October 19, 2012, JILA Scientific Communications).

Steve Cundiff Wins Silver Medal for JILA’s New X-Wing
Published: 10-22-2012

Steve Cundiff will receive a Silver Medal from the U. S. Department of Commerce for his leadership of JILA’s X-Wing project at an award ceremony to be held in Washington, D. C. on January 8, 2013. He is also being honored for this achievement during the 40th annual NIST Awards Ceremony at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland on December 5, 2012.

JILA is the joint research institute between NIST and the University of Colorado, Boulder. For 50 years, JILA has been a world leader in measurement science research and education of scientists who have become leaders in metrology, innovation, education, and national policy. Before Cundiff was able to secure support for the new building, JILA’s aging facilities were increasingly unable to provide the control of vibration, temperature, humidity, and air cleanliness required for a world-class research and measurement science.

The existing JILA facilities also were filled to overflowing, barely able to accommodate the existing experiments and people, with no room for growth. And while the success of JILA research and teaching relies on close collaborations among people from diverse scientific backgrounds, the old facilities didn’t encourage the informal collaborations and “productive collisions” that spark new ideas.

Today, Cundiff is being recognized “for his initiative and sustained leadership in envisioning and then seeing through to completion of … the JILA X-Wing Laboratory, a $35 M advanced research and teaching laboratory. This unique facility will benefit the nation through mission-critical advances in measurement science,” according to the citation for the Silver Medal. Thanks to Cundiff’s leadership in a team of NIST, CU, and private sector partners, the JILA X-Wing provides world-class research and teaching lab facilities, provides room for JILA to grow, and is a model for space that encourages collaboration and interaction.

After learning he had won the Silver Medal, Cundiff recapped the 12-year history of efforts to get more space for JILA. The idea for a new JILA building was first raised by Jim Faller in 2000, but failed to get traction. Five years later, after Cundiff had become Chief of NIST’s Quantum Physics Division (QPD), he ran the idea by NIST Director Bill Jeffrey. Jeffrey was sufficiently receptive to the idea that Cundiff returned to JILA to ask the Fellows if they wanted to pursue the idea. A majority favored the new building.

Then the real work began. The vision, funding, design, and construction of the X-Wing required a collaboration among NIST scientists and senior NIST management; CU faculty and senior leadership; NIST and CU facilities management and staff; Congressional and Administration funders; architects, engineers, and construction contractors.

“Dr. Cundiff was crucial to the success of this complex partnership, leading the team to overcome many barriers, including potential problems with funding as the U. S. economy soured, the need for major design changes required by CU architectural standards, the need to coordinate with other CU organizations as the X-Wing was constructed in a very tight space immediately surrounded by other CU departments, and the need to coordinate CU, NIST, and private sector partners all operating under different constraints,” wrote current QPD Chief Tom O’Brian in his nomination letter for the medal.

All this planning came to fruition in May of 2010 with ground breaking for the X-Wing. During construction Cundiff and JILA staffer Doug Johnson worked tirelessly to keep things on track for building occupancy in early 2012.

“During the construction, Steve was conscious of my research needs,” says Jun Ye. “I run a complex lab where we push the frontiers of measurement science. Steve worked to make sure my research was left mostly intact.

“When I mentioned a problem to Steve during the construction, he took care of it. I’m grateful for that. Otherwise, I would have been out of business for a year and a half while the new building was under construction.”

In addition to building new labs and protecting old ones, Cundiff succeeded in opening up the entire new wing to daylighting via a large skylight and wide central staircase enclosed by half walls of glass. Even the basement receives daylighting from this arrangement for about three weeks a year around the summer solstice.

“The wide staircase makes it possible for our new collaborative spaces to span multiple floors,” says Cundiff. “JILA scientists, visitors, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students stop and interact with each other on a regular basis.”

The building provides more than the opportunity for creative collaborations, however. It is technically the most complicated building ever built on the CU campus. The advanced lab support systems and the new, larger clean room are the best money can buy. So far the advanced systems in the labs are working as designed.

“My new lab is ten times less dusty than my old lab,” Ye said. The temperature is more stable. It’s cleaner and quieter, with less vibration noise.” The improvements in the new cold-molecule research lab mean that JILA is set to become the world center for research on ultracold molecules. Cundiff is proud the new X-Wing is supporting this exciting development.

Asked how he felt about winning a Silver Medal for his efforts, Cundiff turned reflective for a moment. “I realized I learned a lot doing this project from the very beginning, but I’ll never use it. I’ll never do it again.” Since the completion of the building, Cundiff’s full attention is once more on his research into the nature of light and its interactions with semiconductors and other materials.

At JILA, we’re glad Steve Cundiff took a side trip into the world of high-tech building construction. We think he earned that medal.


Eric Cornell wins Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for molecular spectroscopy
Published: 09-06-2012

Eric Cornell has won the Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for molecular spectroscopy from the Ioannes Markus Marci Spectroscopic Society of the Czech Republic. The award recognizes Cornell's work (in collaboration with Jun Ye) in the search for the electric dipole moment of the electron.

Cindy Regal, Matt Squires, Wen Li, and Ian Coddington Win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
Published: 07-24-2012

Fellow Cindy Regal,  recent JILA grad Matthew Squires (Anderson group, Ph.D. 2008),  former postdoc Wen Li (Kapteyn/Murnane group), and JILA grad Ian Coddington (Cornell group, Ph. D. 2004) have received prestigeous Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, according to a White House press release issued July 23. Each award is for $1 million over 5 years.

Regal was honored for her "discovery of pairing and condensation in a Fermi gas of atoms and broad contributions to the realization of laser-cooled nano-mechanical resonators.” She was also cited for her service as a mentor and role model for women in physics and for her numerous guest lectures to both domestic and international audiences. Her award was funded by the Department of Defense.

Li's and Squires' awards were also funded by the Department of Defense. Li is assistant professor of chemistry at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He uses ultrafast lasers to investigate the motion of nuclei and electrons during chemical reactions. Squires is a member of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of the Air Force and works at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Coddington, a physicist in NIST's Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division, was cited for developing spectroscopic measurement tools based on optical fibers and frequency combs. These tools enable accurate detection of airborne chemicals and long distance measurements with nanometer precision. He was also feted for his contributions to early child development and science enrichment programs.

Award recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veteran Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.

The departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

Ana Maria Rey selected as APS Woman Physicist of the Month
Published: 06-06-2012

Fellow Ana Maria Rey is Woman Physicist of the Month for June.

Rey is  theorist working on many complicated problems in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics.  She is well known for her collaborations at JILA with experimentalists Deborah Jin and Jun Ye as well as theorist Murray Holland, CU theorists Victor Guarie and Michael Hermele, and physicists at institutions in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Rey joined JILA and the University of Colorado Physics Department at Boulder in 2008.  For more information on her accomplishments, please visit the APS Woman Physicist of the Month website.

Margaret Murnane appointed chairman of President's Committee on the National Medal of Science
Published: 01-03-2012

President Barack Obama will appoint Dr. Margaret Murnane for Chairman, President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, according to a White House press release on December 21, 2011. Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado. She is also a Fellow of  the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2004.  In recognition of her work, she has been awarded the 2011 Royal Dublin Society Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence, the 2010 R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America, the 2010 Schawlow Prize of the American Physical Society, the 2009 Ahmed Zewail Award of the American Chemical Society, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.  She was first appointed to the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science in 2010.  Murnane received her B.S and M.S. from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Margaret Murnane Wins Boyle Medal
Published: 10-27-2011

Fellow Margaret Murnane has been awarded the prestigious RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for her pioneering work in the field of ultrafast laser and x-ray science.  Murnane, who is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, co-leads a research laboratory with her husband Henry Kapteyn at JILA. Murnane has spent more than 20 years pushing the development of lasers that can operate at the fundamental limits of speed and stability. In the early 1990s, she designed the first femtosecond laser.  Recently, she developed a tabletop x-ray laser that can generate coherent beams of x-rays. The x-ray laser is a major advance over the light bulb-like x-ray devices currently used in science, medicine, and security.

The Boyle Medal is named after Robert Boyle who is considered to be the "father of chemistry." The Medal is Ireland's premier science award and is awarded biennially by the Royal Dublin Society and The Irish Times. This  year's award celebrates the work of an Irish researcher working outside of Ireland and carries with it a cash prize of 20,000 Euros. Murnane, who is the second woman to win the Medal, was born in Limerick, Ireland, and is a graduate of University College Cork, where she earned B.Sc and M. Sc degrees in physics.

Cindy Regal Wins David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
Published: 10-18-2011

Associate JILA Fellow Cindy Regal has been awarded a prestigious David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Regal, who is also assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado, will receive $875,000 over five years to support her work in experimental atomic physics. She is currently developing laser-based  techniques for controlling single neutral atoms and exploring the creation of tiny quantum gases whose atoms can be individually manipulated. Both techniques are expected to be useful in quantum information science and in modeling the fundamental physics of complex materials such as liquids and solids. The new fellowship will provide  resources for attacking challenging problems like these.

The David and Lucille Packard Foundation establisheded the science and engineering fellowship "to allow the nation's most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements." Regal plans to enjoy the flexibility that comes with the new grant. She is one of 16 fellows selected this year from 100 applicants from 50 universities.

Debbie Jin, Jun Ye Win Department of Commerce Gold Medal
Published: 08-17-2011

Fellows Debbie Jin and Jun Ye will share a Department of Commerce Gold Medal this year for their seminal work on ultracold molecules and cold chemistry. The Gold Medal is the highest award presented by the Department of Commerce and NIST. The Gold Medal will be presented to Jin and Ye at a ceremony in December in Washington, D. C.

"It is the dedication of employees like Debbie and Jun that makes NIST what it is today," said Pat Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "Congratulations and best wishes for continued success."

Senate Confirms Fellow Carl Lineberger as Member of the National Science Board
Published: 08-05-2011

The U.S. Senate confirmed JILA Fellow Carl Lineberger on August 2 as a member of the National Science Board. He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in April. As a member of the National Science Board, Lineberger's duties will include helping to establish the policies of the National Science Foundation. The National Science Board also serves as an advisory board to the president and Congress on issues involving science and engineering.

"Colorado is home to some of the best and the brightest in the country, supporting and inspiring top-notch scientific work across Colorado and the country," U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said in a statement. "Carl has contributed decades of pioneering research to the fields of physics and chemistry."

Lineberger is the E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at CU-Boulder. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council and the NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space. His former graduate students and postdoctoral associates hold major research-related positions throughout the world.

Lineberger has chaired the National Science Foundation Advisory Committees on Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Science and Technology Centers, the U.S. Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, and the NAS/NRC Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Applications. He recently completed service on the National Academy of Sciences Council, the NAS/NRC Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy and the NRC Governing Board.

"It is truly an honor for us when our nation's leadership taps the knowledge and expertise of CU-Boulder faculty to serve our country and society," said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "Distinguished Professor Lineberger is the third faculty member in three years to receive a prestigious White House appointment, which underscores our national reach in scientific research and public policy."

Last September, CU-Boulder Distinguished Professor and JILA Fellow Carl Wieman was confirmed as associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy .

For more information about the members of the National Science Board visit

Young JILA Scientists Take Home Honors at Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium
Published: 07-06-2011

Arman Cingoz and Brian Neyenhuis won awards for work presented at a recent Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium. The symposium was held June 22, 2011, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the main lobby of the Radio Building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Boulder campus.

Participants gave brief oral slide presentations describing the key points of their poster presentations. The poster session followed the talks and continued for the remainder of the event.

 During the event, Cingoz and Neyenhuis were recognized for their outstanding poster presentations. Cingoz, who is a postdoc in Jun Ye's lab, won the award for a poster entitled "Power Scaling of Extreme UV Frequency Combs Beyond the 10 mW Level." Neyenhius, who is a graduate student with Jun Ye and Debbie Jin, was recognized for his poster entitled "Light-matter interactions of ultracold polar KRb molecules."

Cindy Regal Awarded ONR Young Investigator Grant
Published: 06-02-2011

Cindy Regal has been awarded an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator grant. Regal's proposal was one of 21 selected from a pool of 270 applications. She will receive approximately $170,000 in annual research grants for three years. Her winning proposal was entitled "Cavity Optomechanics for Wavelength Conversion of Optical Quantum States."

The Young Investigator Program is an important part of the Department of the Navy's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach programs.

Jun Ye Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Published: 05-03-2011

On May 3, the National Academy of Sciences announced the selection of Jun Ye as one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates. Ye is a Fellow of JILA and a Fellow of NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is also an adjoint professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ye and his scientific colleagues were recognized for their distinguished and ongoing achievements in original research. The new additions bring the total number of active members to 2,113 and the total number of foreign associates to 418. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Jun Ye Elected Director at Large of the Optical Society of America
Published: 05-03-2011

 Fellow Jun Ye has been elected as a Director at Large for the Optical Society of America (OSA). He will begin his three-year term on January 1, 2012.

"OSA is pleased to welcome Jun to the Board," said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA's chief executive officer. OSA members include more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries. OSA brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives.

"Optics has been an integral part of my professional life since my undergraduate days," Ye said. "My first scientific publication was in optics. The first professional society I joined was OSA, and my first invited talk was given at an OSA meeting.

"It is a great honor to be selected as an OSA Director at Large. This position will give me more and better opportunities to volunteer and serve the optics community."

Jun Ye received his Ph. D. from the University of Colorado in 1997 and was appointed a Fellow of JILA in 2001. Today his research group explores the frontiers of light-matter interactions. He has coauthored more than 200 technical papers and presented more than 300 invited talks.

Chris Greene Named College Professor of Distinction
Published: 04-20-2011

Chris Greene has been named a College Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB). Greene received news of the honor on Tuesday April 19 from Todd Gleeson, Dean of UCB's College of Arts & Sciences. The title of College Progessor of Distinction is bestowed on scholars and artists of national and international renown who are also viewed by their colleagues as exceptionally talented teachers and researchers. Greene and other new Professors of Distinction will be honored at an event this fall that will be hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Steven Cundiff Receives William F. Meggers Award
Published: 04-15-2011

JILA Fellow Steven Cundiff  has received the Optical Society of America’s 2011 William F. Meggers Award. The award recognizes outstanding work in the study and measurement of the interactions between light and matter (spectroscopy). The award cited Cundiff’s contributions to the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors, including multidimensional Fourier transform techniques, and to the development of femtosecond frequency comb technology.

William F. Meggers worked at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) from 1914 to 1958. Many consider Meggers to be the founder of the field of spectroscopy in the United States.

President Obama to Nominate Carl Lineberger to the National Science Board
Published: 04-08-2011

On April 7, 2011, the White House announced that President Obama intends to nominate JILA Fellow W. Carl Lineberger to the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, one of the nation's most important science policy organizations. The board sets policy for the National Science Foundation and serves as a key advisory organization to the President and Congress on science, engineering, and education. Lineberger’s nomination will take place soon. He will then be considered for confirmation by the U. S. Senate.

"Dr. Lineberger's willingness to take on this challenge is a great opportunity for science in the United States," said Thomas O'Brian, chief of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Quantum Physics Division. "In addition to Lineberger’s remarkable scientific career, he has a long and highly effective history of leading and serving on national science policy organizations."

Lineberger is the E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) and a Fellow of JILA, a joint institute of UCB and NIST.  He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council (NRC), and the NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space. In the past, Dr. Lineberger has chaired the National Science Foundation Advisory Committees on Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Science and Technology Centers, the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, and the NAS/NRC Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. He recently completed service on the National Academy of Sciences Council, the NAS/NRC Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the NRC Governing Board. Dr. Lineberger earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

JILA's AMO Physics Center Key Part of Top Rated Graduate Program
Published: 03-16-2011

The Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics program at the University of Colorado, Boulder tied for first place with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of "Best Graduate Schools." Other high-ranking CU graduate schools are listed in the Boulder Daily Camera.

Jun Ye wins 2011 Frew Fellowship
Published: 02-03-2011

Jun Ye has been selected as the 2011 Frew Fellow by the Australian Academy of Science. Ye will present the Frew Lecture at the Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers, and Spectroscopy (ACOLS), which is incorporated in the International Electronic Conference/CLEO Pacific Rim 2011 meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia,  from August 29 to September 1, 2011. In addition to presenting the Frew lecture on a topic of his choice, Ye will visit universities and research institutions in different Australian cities.

The Frew Fellowship is made possible by a gift to the Australian Academy of Science from Geoffrey Frew, who founded Australia's first major atomic absorption company, Techtron. The company is now Varian-Techtron.


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