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July 8, 2019

Assistant Professor of Physics Marcelle Soares-Santos explains why the constant is so difficult to calculate and how her new approach might finally get it right.

Assistant Professor Bjoern Penning

Photo Credit: Tara Lewellyn

June 11, 2019

Thousands of feet below the earth's surface, Brandeis scientists are participating in an international search for the stuff that makes up most of the universe. Assistant Professor Bjoern Penning and his lab members are helping to build a dark matter detector.
First photograph of black hole; bright orange glowing orbiting gas against black sky

Photo Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

April 10, 2019

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. Physicist John Wardle, who was part of the team that produced the image, explains why it's a major scientific breakthrough.

February 19, 2019

Brandeis University has received a $20,000 grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to complement and enhance current efforts at the university to foster student success in STEM.

Marcelle Soares-Santos gazes at a representation of the stars

February 18, 2019

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor of Physics Marcelle Soares-Santos a Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early-career researchers.

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January 18, 2019

Brandeis physicist Seth Fraden explains what active matter is and how it can be used to create machines and materials that behave like living organisms.

Professor Aparna Baskaran with a group of students

November 20, 2018

Associate Professor of Physics Aparna Baskaran has won a 2019 Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research from the American Physical Society(APS).

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November 16, 2018

Matthew Headrick explains what a mind-blowing theory in physics, the idea that the universe is a hologram.

A Black Hole

October 12, 2018

We don't know for sure because we've never been able to take a picture of one. That may all be about to change.

July 25, 2018

The Provost's Office has announced this year's recipients of the Provost Research Awards, given to support innovations in teaching and research at Brandeis.  Physics awardees include: 

Baptiste Blanc (Physics), "Chemo-mechanical gel actuated by an oscillating chemical reaction"; An Huang (Mathematics) and Bogdan Stoica (Physics), "Physics from the primes"; Shashank Shekhar (Biochemistry, Biology, Physics), "Developing Stentor coeroelous as a new model organism to study the physical basis for evolution of multicellularity and organismal size-regulation."

Robotic eel swimming

June 8, 2018

Physicist Seth Fraden is developing a new generation of machines modeled on living creatures. His latest invention might one day treat disease by swimming its way through our blood.

Matthew Headrick

Summer 2018

Associate professor of physics Matthew Headrick researches one of the most cutting-edge ideas in theoretical physics. It proposes that the universe is a three-dimensional image projected off a two-dimensional surface, much like a hologram emerges from a sheet of photographic film.

Professor Bulbul Chakraborty

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.

Illustration of two scientists examining organisms in a petri dish

Summer 2017

Under a $20 million Materials Research Science and Engineering Center grant, Brandeis physicists are creating “active” matter that could one day animate self-healing artificial organs, drug-delivering nanobots and self-mending clothes.