KITP News Archive

KITP Call for Proposals 2013

KITP Call for Proposals 2013

KITP Needs your Ideas!
Thursday, October 24, 2013

KITP Needs your Ideas! Now is the time to submit program pre-proposals or full proposals for the year 2015-2016 at http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/submit-a-program-proposal.

Team from UCSB's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Places First in Data-Mining Challenge on Translational Medicine

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Adel Dayarian and Sahand Hormoz, along with two other collaborators, won the sbv IMPROVER data-mining challenge on translational medicine.

[UCSB Press Release]

KITP Permanent Member Joseph Polchinski wins the 2014 Physics Frontier Prize

Monday, November 4, 2013

UC Santa Barbara physics professor and permanent member of the university's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Joseph Polchinski is one of several laureates for the Milner Foundation's 2014 Physics Frontiers Prize. According to the organization, this prize recognizes "transformative achievements in the field of fundamental physics and aim(s) to provide recipients with more freedom and opportunity to pursue future accomplishments." This is Polchinski's second win in two years.

[UCSB Press Release]

Fred Kavli, 1927-2013

Fred Kavli, 1927-2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fred Kavli, founder of the Kavli Foundation and science philanthropist, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013. A strong supporter of theoretical physics, Kavli's contributions to the KITP enabled a dramatic transformation of the Institute's activities through the physical expansion of Kohn Hall, and the initiation of an endowment to support the visits of more than 1,000 physicists per year to the facility. More information on Fred Kavli can be found at The Kavli Foundation.

KITP Public Lecture: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Monday, January 20, 2014

Professor Conny Aerts presents "Starquakes and Exoplanets in the Milky Way"

[Flyer] [Public lecture page]

KITP Public Lecture: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Monday, January 27, 2014

Professor Theo Geisel presents "Rhythms & Algorithms ~ Physics and Music"
[Flyer] [Public lecture page]

KITP Supports Theorists at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

KITP Supports Theorists at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions through the Scholars Program

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scholars program draws professors who teach at primarily undergraduate institutions.

Information about the program can be found here:

http://silverlode.kitp.ucsb.edu/apply/fellowships/kitp-scholars

[UCSB Press Release] [Noozhawk Press Release]

Teacher's Conference Highlighted in the News

KITP's Teacher's Conference Highlighted in the News

Monday, February 17, 2014

On February 15, visiting physicists at UCSB's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics introduced flocking and swarming paradigms to over 50 high school teachers from across the country.

[Press Release]

Moore Foundation supports Theoretical Research in Quantum Materials

Moore Foundation supports Theoretical Research in Quantum Materials

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative, a program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has recently awarded $1.5 million over five years to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) to fund Moore Postdoctoral Scholars working on the physics of quantum phenomena in materials. This funding will help scientists understand quantum materials in new ways and pave the way for potentially world-changing technological applications.

[UCSB Press Release]

Music of the Spheres

Café KITP: Music of the Spheres

The Secret Songs of Stars
Monday, March 24, 2014

Music of the Spheres: The Secret Songs of Stars

A starry night sky has a knack for making us speechless, but dumb awe just isn’t enough for astrophysicist Matteo Cantiello of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Don’t miss a great opportunity to find out astonishing stuff about those night lights in a kickoff event for what will become an ongoing science café series sponsored by KITP.

[About Café KITP] [Flyer]

Tony Zee

Tony Zee elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Anthony Zee, Professor in the UCSB Department of Physics and one of the KITP's early permanent members, was just elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

[UCSB Press Release]

Joe Polchinski

Joe Polchinski to give Faculty Research Lecture in Fall 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Joe Polchinski, Permanent Member at KITP and Professor of Physics, was just named the 59th Annual Faculty Research Lecturer at UC Santa Barbara.

[UCSB Press Release]

KITP Public Lecture: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Professor Cristina Marchetti presents "The Physics of Flocking".

[Flyer] [Public lecture page]

KITP Public Lecture: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Professor Brad Marston presents "The Quantum Physics of Global Warming"

[Flyer] [Public lecture page]

Café KITP: Future Stuff

Café KITP: Future Stuff

Monday, June 23, 2014

The next Café KITP at SOhO, features Chuck-Hou Yee.  He will speak on Future Stuff: Unearthing Secrets of the Periodic Table, about the search for the clues to new and exotic materials hidden among all the possibilities inherent in the table of elements.  Our motto: Eat, think, and be merry!

[Read more]

Resistance

Resistance

Friday, August 1, 2014

Microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights propel "Resistance," the story of antibiotic resistance, starting from the mass production of antibiotics 70 years ago, to their incipient failure in the 21st century.  In conjunction with the on-going KITP program on "Evolution of Drug Resistance," this discussion and film screening will bring together researchers from the medical, biological, and physical sciences to delve into the mechanisms and dynamics of drug resistance.  A panel discussion with KITP visiting scientists and the filmmaker Michael Graziano will precede screening, Q&A will follow.

Moore foundation

Moore foundation supports Moore Foundation Scholars in quantum materials theory

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $1.5M to support independent post-PhD researchers at the KITP studying emergent quantum phenomena in materials.

[Read more]

Café KITP: The Choreography of Cells

Café KITP: The Choreography of Cells

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The next Café KITP at SOhO, features Sebastian Streichan.  He will speak on The Choreography of Cells. The event is Tuesday evening, October 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

[Read more]

Charlie Munger Invests $65,000,000 to Build a Residence for KITP's Visitors

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Charlie Munger has announced his $65,000,000 donation to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. This donation will be used to build and furnish a Residence for the KITP's visiting scientists. Designed with physicists in mind, this 75,000 square foot facility will house the majority of KITP's thousand yearly visitors and their families in a comfortable and intimate setting that inspires informal scientific interactions. The visitor offices and intense collaborative interactions that are the hallmark of KITP's mission will, of course, remain in Kohn Hall.

[UCSB Press Release] [About KITP Residence]

Biology Meets Geometry

Biology Meets Geometry

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Greg Huber, an UCSB biophysicist and deputy director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, collaborates with colleagues to describe the geometry of a common cellular structure.

[UCSB Press Release]