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The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos is a multidisciplinary institute of Penn State researchers dedicated to the study of the most fundamental structure and constituents of the Universe.

News and Events

  • Aruna Kesavan won the 2016 Eklund Award for Scientific Communication. These student lectures are held in honor of Peter Eklund, whose dedicated mentoring of students encouraged the highest standards of excellent in all aspects of research. Aruna will present the Physics Department colloquium on January 28, 2016.
  • Niel Brandt has received the Bruno Rossi Prize, the most prestigious award given by the Division of High Energy of the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Brandt "led the effort to obtain the deepest Chandra fields, enabling the most sensitive cosmological X-ray surveys to date. His work traces the accretion history of SMBH and their coevolution with host galaxies across cosmic time."
  • Beatrice Bonga and Aruna Kesavan were awarded travel grants that allowed them to participate in the "Mathematical General Relativity Conference" in the Tsinghua International Mathematics Center, Sanya, China in January 2016. Both were selected to give talks at the conference.
  • Elliot Nelson and Niayesh Afshordi won third prize of the 2015 Buchalter Cosmology Prize, which was announced at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The Buchalter Prize was created in 2014 by Ari Buchalter and "seeks to reward new ideas or discoveries that have potential to produce a breakthrough advance in our understanding of the origin, structure and evolution of the universe." Drs. Afshordi and Nelson were recognized for their work "Cosmological Non-Constant Problem: Cosmological Bounds on TeV-Scale Physics and Beyond." This work was seen by the judging panel as "an intriguing proposition that the Planck scale of quantum gravity may soon be accessible by particle accelerators, based on the expected white noise fluctuations in the cosmological constant, which might not be constant at all by vary widely in space."

IGC Video

The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC) is dedicated to fostering the highest quality education and research in cosmology, general relativity, gravitational wave astronomy, particle astrophysics, quantum gravity and string theory, focusing on the highest energy phenomena and fundamental issues in the science of the cosmos.

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