KITP News Archive

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.


Sunday, February 6, 2005

Scientific discoveries are increasingly in the news, but are increasingly complex while their impact on our lives is profound. The need for communicating science across the intellectual spectrum is imperative, and increasingly ideas from science are integrated into film, fiction, plays and other non-scientific writing. In 2002 the Templeton Lectures were presented at the KITP to packed audiences, and in 2005 the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsored the prestigious conference Science Theater Audience Reader (STAR): Theoretical Physics in Drama and Narrative. Playwrights, actors, literature and drama scholars, novelists, biographers and science journalists explored the means by which science concepts are conveyed to the public in a variety of media. Among conference participants were Alan Lightman. Rebecca Goldstein, Peter Galison, Lauren Gunderson, Dennis Overbye and Anthony Zee.

Polchinski Elected Member Of National Academy of Sciences

Monday, May 2, 2005

Santa Barbara, Calif.--Joseph G. Polchinski, professor of physics at at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was cited as one of the "leading field and string theorists of his generation, contributing many significant ideas to both quantum field theory and to string theory."

KITP Presents the Thirty-First Public Lecture

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Alain Karma, "Bringing Order to Chaotic Hearts", July 26th in the KITP Main Seminar Room. RSVP info forthcoming.
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Polchinski to Receive Prestigious Heineman Prize

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Santa Barbara, Calif.--Joseph G. Polchinski, professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), has been named 2007 recipient of the prestigious Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

The Kavli Foundation Establishes New Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard University

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Kavli Foundation and Harvard University have agreed to establish the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology (KIBST).
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Friends of KITP presents Lisa Randall at the Lobero Theater

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Lisa Randall, noted Harvard Physicist and author of the new book "Warped Passages" will be giving a talk at 7:30PM, December 5th at the Lobero Theater. Tickets are $19.

George Johnson: New journalist-in-residence at KITP

Thursday, April 13, 2006

George Johnson, science writer for the New York Times and author of 6 acclaimed books on topics and people in physics, is Journalist-in-Residence during October and November 2006 at the KITP. Watch for his Friday workshops.

KITP Postdoc Uses Half Million $1 Bills to Model Human Travel

Friday, April 14, 2006

Scientists use bill tracking data collected at a popular internet game site to quantify the movement of individuals within the United States.

Fred Kavli Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Academy of Arts & Sciences has elected philanthropist Fred Kavli to the 2006 class of Fellows.

The KITP Marks The Passing Of Beloved Santa Barbara Philanthropist Eli Luria

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Friend to the Institute and a member of its community board, The Director's Council.


Mini-Workshop "Interdisciplinarity and Discipline in Education," at KITP June 11th

Thursday, June 1, 2006

A mini-workshop: "Interdisciplinarity and Discipline in Education," coordinated by Phil Nelson, Rob Phillips and Boris Shraiman will be held on Sunday June 11th in the KITP Auditorium - UCSB Kohn Hall Room 1403.

Institute Produces Second Newsletter

Monday, July 31, 2006

The institute announces Volume 2, Number 1, the Spring/Summer 2006 issue of the KITP Newsletter (PDF), written and edited by Jacquelyn Savani and designed by Charmien Carrier. News and stories include the Rapid Response to Supersolidity, and Matthew Fisher's Quantum Choreography Inside Crystals.

KITP Public Lecture Wednesday, February 7th, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Julian Nott, celebrated aeronaut, on scientific explorations with modern ballooning, including Saturn's moon Titan.
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KITP Public Lecture Wednesday, April 11th, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Professor Robert Kirshner presents "Einstein's Blunder Undone - the discovery of cosmic acceleration".

KITP Public Lecture Tuesday, December 4th, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Professor Nathan Lewis presents "Challenges for Global Energy".
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KITP Introduces a New Application System!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The KITP is introducing its new online user interface called Herald for applying to programs and registering for conferences.

KITP Public Lecture Thursday, January 24th, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Professor W. Patrick McCray presents "Citizen-Scientists and the Dawn of the Space Age".


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Simon and Diana Raab make generous gift to KITP Teachers Conference

Monday, January 14, 2008

Simon and Diana Raab have made a generous gift to establish the Simon and Diana Raab Presentation Prizes to be awarded for 3 years to winning presentations by Teachers' Conference attendees.
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KITP Public Lecture Wednesday, April 16, 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Professor Samuel S.-H. Wang presents "Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life".
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