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JQI and PFC scientists go places. They travel around the world to talk about quantum information. JQI graduate students and postdoctoral scientists move on to other institutions, often expanding quantum research. Read about this and more in People News. To submit items, email

May 19, 2014 | People News

JQI welcomes new Fellow Mohammad Hafezi

Mohammad Hafezi has accepted a position as a JQI Fellow and Assistant Professor in UMD's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He started at JQI in 2009 in Jake Taylor's group as a postdoc and was promoted to senior research associate in 2012. He works at the interface of condensed matter theory and quantum optics. The focus of his research is on theoretical and experimental investigations of artificial gauge fields and topological order in photonics systems. Such systems can be exploited as robust optical devices insensitive to disorder.

May 14, 2014 | PFC | People News

JQI papers featured as New Journal of Physics "Highlights of 2013"

Papers from the groups of Ian Spielman and Jake Taylor were recently chosen as "Highlights of 2013" by the New Journal of Physics. The articles are listed below To see more highlights, visit

April 17, 2014 | People News


The June 2-6, 2014 meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) is one of the best showings of JQI research during the entire year. The following papers with JQI authors will be presented at the meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.

April 16, 2014 | People News

JQI Fellow Gretchen Campbell among PECASE awardees

Release from NIST Tech Beat, April 15, 2014

Three National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers were among those honored April 14, 2014, at a White House reception as winners of Presidential Early Career Awards. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

April 1, 2014 | Outreach | People News

Coursera at JQI Resumes

"Exploring Quantum Physics,” a massively open online course taught by JQI Fellows Victor Galitski and Charles Clark, begins its third edition on Monday, April 7. The course is available free, worldwide at

March 25, 2014 | PFC | People News

JQI undergraduate researcher Geoffrey Ji receives Goldwater Scholarship

From CMNS at UMD

Three University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. A fourth student received honorable mention.

March 10, 2014 | People News

Ian Spielman at the March APS Meeting

At the March 2014 APS meeting in Denver, Ian Spielman gives his patented talk about the quantum spin Hall effect in cold atoms.

February 13, 2014 | People News | Research News


The following papers with JQI authors will be presented at the March meeting of the American Physical Society, being held March 2-7, 2014 in Denver.

December 26, 2013 | People News

JQI Fellow Gretchen Campbell receives PECASE

The 2013 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers were announced on Monday, December 23rd. JQI Fellow and NIST scientist Gretchen Campbell was among the honorees.

November 2, 2013 | Outreach | PFC | People News

Thurgood Marshall Academy teacher earns national accolades

The JQI would like to congratulate Kena Allison, science teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy, who recently received a Milken Educator Award for her "commitment to teaching science." Called the "Oscars of teaching," the award comes with $25,000. PFC graduate student researcher Jeff Grover has been visiting Allison's classroom over the last few years, integrating physics demonstrations into her curriculum. Thurgood Marshall Academy is a D.C. Public Charter School located in the Anacostia region.