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November 24, 2020

Brandeis physicist Bulbul Chakraborty has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.
 
Chakraborty, the Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics and head of the Division of Science, received the prestigious recognition for important theoretical contributions to diverse areas of condensed matter physics, particularly disordered systems including frustrated magnets and granular materials.
 
The association selects fellows for meritorious contribution to the advancement of science. This year's class of 489 was announced Nov. 24.
 
"I am truly honored to receive this recognition," Chakraborty said. "I would like to express my deep gratitude to the many students, postdocs, and colleagues spread across the globe who have shaped and sustained my work over decades, especially when my scientific thinking has veered from the beaten path."
 

April 4, 2018

Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics Bulbul Chakraborty has received a prestigious fellowship in theoretical physics from the Simons Foundation in New York. Chakraborty, a condensed matter theorist, was one of just 12 theoretical physicists from the United States and Canada selected as a fellow. Her research focuses on the behavior of granular materials, discrete solid, macroscopic particles often found together in large numbers. Rocks, snowflakes, coffee grinds and grains of rice are examples of granular materials. Her sophisticated theoretical models answer such questions as how sand behaves when pressed underfoot or how grain moves through a silo.

March 23, 2018

Bulbul Chakraborty is among the 12 theoretical physicists awarded the Simons Fellowship in 2018.

The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. The foundation is proud to support the work of these distinguished scientists.

August 7, 2017

How do you predict the behavior of millions of sand particles? Prof. Chakraborty and colleagues have come up with a solution.

In the late 1980s, the British physicist Samuel Edwards proposed the radical idea that all jammed states — and there might be trillions — were equally possible. In June, Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics Bulbul Chakraborty, postdoctoral fellow Kabir Ramola and several colleagues at the University of Cambridge in England published a study in Nature Physics that put Edwards’ conjecture to the test through computational modeling. It represents a major breakthrough in our ability to model the arrangement of granular materials.

March 29, 2017

Prof. Chakraborty and Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale) participated in a webinar series sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) in collaboration with the Rabb School.

March 15, 2015

Prof. Chakraborty's work developing the first predictive theoretical framework to characterize the collective behavior of a large number of macroscopic objects is featured in Brandeis Blog.

Prof. Chakraborty awarded a National Science Foundation research grant

Prof. Chakraborty has been awarded a research grant, "Emergent Phenomena in the Macroworld: Jamming and Flow of Particulate Systems," by the National Science Foundation.

July 16, 2014

Prof. Chakraborty and colleagues from Duke University and Yale University have been awarded a research grant, "Self-Assembly in the Macroworld," by the W. M. Keck foundation.

Undergraduates Edwin Faican, Remi Boros and Pranav Gupta (IISc, Bangalore) presented posters at Brandeis SciFest 2014. (Faican/Boros/Chakraborty).

Prof. Chakraborty and Sumantra Sarkar to be long-term participants at The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

Prof. Chakraborty and Sumantra Sarkar will be long-term participants at the workshop on "Avalanches, Intermittency and Nonlinear Response in Far-From-Equilibrium Solids" to be held at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara.