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KITP News Archive
Team from UCSB's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Places First in Data-Mining Challenge on Translational Medicine
Adel Dayarian and Sahand Hormoz, along with two other collaborators, won the sbv IMPROVER data-mining challenge on translational medicine.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Polchinski, Permanent Member at KITP and Professor of Physics, was just named the 59th Annual Faculty Research Lecturer at UC Santa Barbara.
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!
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.
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.
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.