KITP News Archive

KITP Call for Proposals

Now is the time to submit program pre-proposals or full proposals for the 2022-2023 academic year. Our activities consist of 2-4 month focused research programs. Pre-proposal submissions need not be elaborate — a title, at least two paragraphs explaining the idea, and suggestions for 2-4 organizers and 10-15 key participants, keeping in mind KITP's commitment to diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups. If you feel that your proposed program would benefit from a four day conference, please tell us how you see such an event impacting your program.
 
Proposed coordinators must be willing and able to spend most of the program in residence at KITP. Members of the advisory board will review these pre-proposals and encourage the development of promising ones into full proposals in advance of the late February 2021 board meeting. 

University Holds Naming Ceremony To Honor Benefactor

Friday, May 31, 2002

The university held a ceremony in June, 2002 to formally name the institute the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. The event honored Fred Kavli who made two gifts totaling $7.5 million through the Kavli Foundation and the Kavli Operating Institute for building endowment, supporting the construction of a new wing and programmatic initiatives at the institute. View photographs of the ceremony and read remarks of keynote speaker Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology.

UCSB Named "Hot" College

Friday, November 1, 2002

UCSB has been named one of the 12 "hottest" colleges in the nation, according to the Kaplan College Guide.

Gluck Endows Chair in Theoretical Physics for Institute Director

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

David Gross Assumes the Frederick W. Gluck Professorship Santa Barbara, Calif.--Fred Gluck, best known for his legendary performance at the helm of the leading international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, has given $1 million to endow the chair of the director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).

David Gross Assumes the Frederick W. Gluck Professorship

Gluck Endows Chair in Theoretical Physics for Institute Director

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Fred Gluck, best known for his legendary performance at the helm of the leading international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, has given $1 million to endow the chair of the director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). David Gross, who came from Princeton University in 1997 to serve as director of the Institute, is the first Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics.

Teachers' Conference Update

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

We are expanding our space to have an even bigger and better KITP. Because of this construction we will not be having a Teachers' Conference in 2003.

KITP Ground Breaking, May 9

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Take a look at the invitation to KITP's groundbreak ceremony

Fisher elected fellow of AAAS

Saturday, May 3, 2003

Matthew Fisher has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

Bildsten has theory supported by NASA

Sunday, July 6, 2003

Lars Bildsten, a permanent member of the KITP and professor in the UCSB physics department, has had his theory of neutron stars supported by the results of a NASA study.

[Read the UCSB Press Release]

UCSB Physicist Wins Prestigious European Award

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) -- The prestigious High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society for 2003 has been awarded to David Gross, a professor of physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

[Read UCSB Press Release]

Professor Lars Bildsten Awarded Biermann Lectureship

Monday, May 31, 2004

Professor Lars Bildsten, Permanent Member at the KITP, has been awarded the Biermann Lectureship at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Munich for Summer 2004. Established in 1997, the Biermann Lectureship brings a world-ranked astrophysicist to Garching for a month with the task of giving a series of prize lectures and interacting broadly within the various local institutes. The aim is to stimulate scientific activity across the Munich astronomical community. Previous Biermann Lecturers were Joseph Silk (1997), Roger Blandford (1998), Bob Williams (1999), Bohdan Paczynski (2000), James Truran (2001), and Ramesh Narayan (2002).

Newly Devised Test May Confirm Strings as Fundamental Constituent of Matter, Energy

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif.--According to string theory, all the different particles that constitute physical reality are made of the same thing-tiny looped strings whose different vibrations give rise to the different fundamental particles that make up everything we know. Whether this theory correctly portrays fundamental reality is one of the biggest questions facing physicists.

KITP Director Receives France's Highest Scientific Honor

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif.—David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been selected the 2004 recipient of France's highest scientific honor—the Grande Médaille D'Or (the Grand Gold Medal)—for his contributions to the understanding of fundamental physical reality. Gross, who holds the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, will receive the award, conferred by the French Academy of Sciences, at ceremonies in Paris on November 23.

New Wing Dedication Marks 25th Anniversary Of Institute

Thursday, September 30, 2004

The institute celebrated 25 years of international leadership at a ceremony dedicating the new wing, designed by Michael Graves, award-winning architect of Kohn Hall, distinguished by its unique interplay of form and function.

KITP Director Awarded 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics

Monday, October 4, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif. - David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) and the first incumbent of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for solving in 1973 the last great remaining problem of what has since come to be called "the Standard Model" of the quantum mechanical picture of reality. He and his co-recipients discovered how the nucleus of atoms works.

New Kohn Hall Proves Whole Can Be More Than Sum Of Old and New Parts

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif.--For 10 years the key landmark for arrivals at the principal entrance to the ocean-side campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) has been the flat-topped, orange tower of Kohn Hall, home of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), celebrating its 25-year existence under the aegis of the National Science Foundation (NSF) with an international conference on "The Future of Physics," from Oct. 7 to 9.

Building Addition Dedication

Thursday, October 7, 2004

KITP Director Awarded 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Santa Barbara, Calif. - David J. Gross, director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) and the first incumbent of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for solving in 1973 the last great remaining problem of what has since come to be called "the Standard Model" of the quantum mechanical picture of reality. He and his co-recipients discovered how the nucleus of atoms works.