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KITP Director Lars Bildsten was just named the 2017 awardee of the Heineman Prize for Astrophysics given jointly by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) for "his leadership and observationally grounded theoretical modeling that has yielded fundamental insights into the physics of stellar structure and evolution, compact objects, and stellar explosions."
Joe Polchinski, KITP Permanent Member and the Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga Professor of Theoretical Physics was named a recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics at the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in San Francisco on December 4, 2016.   UCSB Press Release