Humboldt Award

Dr. Burt Ovrut, professor of theoretical physics, has received the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, in recognition of his contributions in Super-symmetry, Supergravity and Superstrings--subjects that form the basis of physicists' most recent attempts to understand the structure of the elementary particles that make up matter, and are now the focus of an intense international experimental effort to develop "a sensible theory of quantum gravitation." A major contributor to Superstring theory, Dr. Ovrut was one of the first to introduce Supersymmetry and Supergravity into particle physics.

Two Sloan Research Fellows

Two Penn astrophysicists have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows in the highly competitive awards program that will support their research for two years in a flexible and largely unrestricted manner.

Dr. Steven T. Myers (at right) focuses on the use of astronomical observations to constrain and test cosmological models, among other things exploring the the "fossil record" of the early universe using the tools of radio astronomy.

Dr. Jordi Miralda-Escudé (at far right) has similar interests, using observational data to form and test detailed models of the structure and evolution of galaxies and clusters. He is also a world expert on the analysis of the pattern of frequencies of light that are absorbed by hydrogen gas clouds in the intergalactic medium.

Memorial Unveiling: February 25

Friends and family of the late Elijah Major Sr. will gather at noon on Tuesday, February 25, for the unveiling of a plaque in his memory at the School of Veterinary Medicine, 3850 Spruce Street. Dean Alan Kelly and Dr. Jeffrey Linn, director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, will lead in the tribute to Mr. Major, who died in August 1995, at 56, after 20 years in animal care at Schools of Dental Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. All members of the University are welcome.


Volume 43 Number 22
February 18, 1997

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