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Caltech Professor Awarded 2021 Einstein Prize

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  55 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Subscribe Community News Saul Teukolsky Credit: CaltechSaul Teukolsky (PhD ’73), the Robinson Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Caltech, has received the American Physical Society’s (APS’s) 2021 Einstein Prize, a biennial award for accomplishments in the field of gravitational physics, first granted in 2003. He will share the prize with Clifford Will (PhD ’71) of the University of Florida. The award comes with $10,000, and Teukolsky will deliver a prize lecture at the next APS meeting in the spring of 2021.Teukolsky, who is also the Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics and Astrophysics at Cornell University, is being given the award for his “outstanding contributions to observational tests of general relativity with theories of gravitational waves, astrophysical black holes and neutron stars,” according to the award citation. An expert in general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, and computational astrophysics, Teukolsky developed an important equation to describe black holes during his graduate work at Caltech, under his adviser Kip Thorne (BS ’62), Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus (incidentally, co-winner Clifford Will was also a student of Thorne’s at the same time).Teukolsky’s equation has been used in many applications, from the development of waveform models for gravitational-wave detectors to the study of gravity in higher dimensions. He has also studied timing models for binary pulsars, the properties of rapidly rotating neutron stars, the possibility of naked singularities, and relativistic star clusters.His major current interest is numerical relativity, and, in particular, solving Einstein’s relativity equations on large computers. One goal of this work is to improve the accuracy of predictions for gravitational-wave detectors like the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). In fact, research from Teukolsky’s group into gravitational waveforms was used in 2015 to compare theory to experiment in the first direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO. Three key LIGO members, including Thorne, won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the experiment.Teukolsky says he became fascinated by Einstein and his general theory of relativity while growing up in South Africa, but it was not until he studied with Thorne that he “finally understood what relativity was about.”He is a co-author of the widely used textbooks Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing and Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars: The Physics of Compact Objects. His honors include membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News center_img Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Science and Technology Caltech Professor Awarded 2021 Einstein Prize By WHITNEY, CLAVIN CALTECH Published on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 1:13 pm Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

College announces three valedictorians for upcoming commencement

first_imgSaint Mary’s students strive for academic success, but every class has students whose academic devotion puts them at the top of their class. On March 25, the College released the names of the three young women who will be the class of 2019’s valedictorians.Though all three students wanted to excel academically, none of them set out to receive this honor. Communicative science and disorders (CSD) major Elizabeth Priester was simply looking for individual success in each of her classes.“I just wanted to be really successful in all of the classes I was in. It just kind of led to being valedictorian,” Priester said.A similar sentiment was reiterated by fellow CSD major and valedictorian Natalie Dock.“I definitely didn’t think that I would be valedictorian coming into Saint Mary’s — I was just looking to get the most out of my experience,” she said.Monica McGrath, the third valedictorian, also said she did not seek the title of valedictorian but instead had more personal motivators.“[I am] always looking for self-improvement,” she said.In the summer between their junior and senior year, the students were told there was a possibility they would be named valedictorians of their class.Dock said she tried to make sure this possibility did not change the way she went about her day-to-day life.“I tried not to let it affect me, because I didn’t want to be motivated by that,” Dock said. “I wanted to do the best that I could. … I didn’t want that to be on my mind.”Although honored to receive the title, Dock tried not to place much value on the award. Though she considers it an accomplishment, she said she wanted to evaluate it against some of the other things she has done in her life both academically and personally.“I think in terms of a title it is a great accomplishment,” Dock said. “I guess I try not to be too proud of titles and those big things but also the little things in my life, but this is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments.”All three women recognized they did not get to the top of their class without help. McGrath said she wanted to share her pride with the people who surround her life.“I am really proud for my friends and family who supported me,” McGrath said. “I am almost more proud for them than for me. My parents and my friends were always pushing me helping me when I was struggling just being there when I was stressed or just helping me.”All three valedictorians said being at Saint Mary’s was crucial to their success, and it means something different to each of them. Priester appreciated that the College allows for all students to express themselves and their talents, and said the school offers them a place to show what they have to offer.“One thing that I really cherished about my Saint Mary’s education is Saint Mary’s is a place that truly recognizes all the gifts and talents that we bring to the world, and it’s a place of community,” Priester said. “It sets up a network of belonging where students feel recognized as both who they are and who they plan to become. I just love this environment and how they allow us to explore and dream and discover our passions.”Though all of the students said that they focused on academics throughout their career, McGrath said the College also helped them to grow as individuals and people.“I feel like there was a very good balance here,” she said. “Saint Mary’s helped me grow academically and I definitely feel very prepared for any challenges that I am going to face. I feel educated as a whole. That is something that Saint Mary’s always said on the tours — ‘We don’t just educate academically but as a whole person.’ I have grown to be a better version of myself than who I was when I came here.”When describing themselves, none of the valedictorians used the words intelligent or smart — they instead focused on traits that helped them get to where they are. They spoke about patience, focus and drive.“I’m pretty positive, I like to reflect on things that I am grateful for … I’m pretty patient,” McGrath said.Dock said her grades have always been a primary focus.“I have always considered myself a very detailed-orientated person. I have always been fairly focused on my grades — maybe that is just in my nature, I always wanted to strive to do my best,” Dock said.Priester said her academic career has taught her important life skills. McGrath, Dock and Priester will deliver a joint address to their class during commencement on May 18.“[The road to becoming valedictorian] definitely has given me a good work ethic and a drive for success,” Priester said.Tags: 2019 commencement address, Saint Mary’s College, smc valedictorian, valedictorianslast_img read more

Israel approves cellphone tracking of COVID-19 carriers for rest of year

first_imgIsrael’s parliament voted on Monday to allow the country’s domestic intelligence agency to track the cellphones of coronavirus carriers for the rest of the year amid a resurgence in new cases.The Shin Bet’s surveillance technology has been used on and off to track carriers since March, and the Knesset in a late- night decision approved the measure through Jan. 20, 2021, the Knesset news agency reported.The security agency tracks location data of confirmed carriers for 14 days before they were diagnosed. That data is used to identify anyone with whom they came into contact, which proponents say is crucial to infection chains. Topics : The surveillance has drawn challenges from privacy watchdog groups, and the Supreme Court cited worries over dangers to individual liberty in demanding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government regulate the surveillance through legislation.The new law includes additional oversight, requiring the government to renew its request every three weeks, and it can be used only when new daily cases exceed 200. Those ordered into isolation can appeal if they believe the data was inaccurate.The Knesset also instructed the Health Ministry to roll out an upgraded cell phone app that can be downloaded by the public to help track infection.Israel reopened schools and many businesses in May, lifting restrictions that had flattened the infection curve after a partial lockdown imposed in March.But a second-wave surge has many public health experts saying the government moved too quickly while neglecting to take the necessary epidemiological steps to control the pandemic once the economy reopened.Israel, with a population of 9 million, reported about 1,500 new infections on Monday. In total it has reported 415 deaths from the virus. last_img read more

Jumah boxes his way to victory in Denmark

first_imgHammersmith’s Deion Jumah continued a promising start to his professional career by beating Ukrainian Igor Pylypenko on points in Esbjerg, Denmark.Following an impressive recent debut, the 23-year-old cruiserweight controlled his second pro bout, winning all four rounds.Jumah, a product of the Dale Youth Boxing Club in Notting Hill and a former ABA champion, was recently snapped up by Germany-based promoters Team Sauerland.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers buzz: What we’re learning Friday at HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon will remain out of the 49ers lineup when they visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as this will be Goodwin’s second straight game he’s excused for an undisclosed, personal matter.“He’s going through some serious things that have happened,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “I’d like to let him tell them and not me, unless he tells me he wants me to.“Family concerns and things like that. Real stuff, and he’s having a real tough …last_img read more

Anheuser-Busch Columbus Brewery staying busy using Ohio commodities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this special report, the Ohio Ag Net travels to the Anheuser-Busch Columbus Brewery for a behind the scenes look at how some of American’s favorite beers are made. The process is rich in agricultural product usage, including corn from Ohio farmers. Senior General Manager Josh Zabek and Brewmaster Matt Kaminske take us through the plant’s history with Ohio ag and the unique process seen everyday to create Budweiser.Take a look at this video with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood.last_img read more

‘Do cricket sponsors want to keep pampering mediocrity?’

first_imgAbout a week has passed since the Indian cricket team returned home after the clobbering in Australia. The players are still omnipresent on the television screen – smiling, giggling, gambolling, endorsing everything from toothpaste to suit lengths.For a bunch of losers, India’s top cricketers certainly live a good life. They are unique in the sporting arena in that they are paid equally irrespective of performance. This simply should not continue.A system of performance – based wages offers scope for greater motivation. It will be argued that the cricket board’s pay cheque accounts for only a small portion of a big star’s wealth. Substantially greater sums come from sponsors. They are the ones who have a double duty to perform.Corporate houses fund cricket in two ways – officially through the board and privately by entering into deals with individual cricketers. It is time minimum standards of accountability were sought for these huge promotional budgets.Withdrawing from blindly pumping the board with money, let sponsors ask it for specific plans for developing the game – and then finance these. When it comes to cricketers, companies should consider cutting their endorsement fees when they play poorly.This would make commercial sense too. Would consumers want to watch an advertisement featuring a batsman who can barely survive at the crease? Whether it is in negotiating with board officials or individual cricketers, sponsors operate in a seller’s market-if one company drops out, another steps in.Maybe the way out is for the giant sponsors to form a cartel and- as the ESPN-Star Sports partnership did with telecast rights-put the brakes on the gravy train. Otherwise, the game can chug along to damnation.last_img read more