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FACULTY
Perimeter welcomed several new faculty members in 2010-11.
Particle physicists Natalia Toro and Philip Schuster both joined
Perimeter in September 2010 as junior faculty members. Toro is
an expert in dark forces that couple very weakly to ordinary matter,
and has played a major role in developing simplified models and
integrating new techniques into experiments at the Large Hadron
Collider. Schuster specializes in particle theory, with an emphasis
on physics beyond the Standard Model. He too has close ties to
experimental physics, including work at the LHC. Toro and Schuster
are co-spokespeople for the APEX experiment, a search for weakly
interactive dark forces at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator
Facility in Virginia.
Guifre Vidal joined Perimeter as a senior faculty member in May
2011 from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, where he was
an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Professor of
Mathematics and Physics. Vidal works at the interface of quantum
information and condensed matter physics. His past honours
include a Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Union
and a Sherman Fairchild Foundation Fellowship.
Davide Gaiotto is widely considered one of world’s most talented
young theorists in the vital area of strongly quantum-correlated
systems. Working at the interface of quantum field theory and string
theory, he has made several major discoveries, for which he received
the 2011 Gribov Medal of the European Physical Society. He will
join Perimeter from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in
spring 2012.
Bianca Dittrich will join Perimeter in 2012 from the Albert Einstein
Institute in Potsdam. A young leader in quantum gravity, she
recently developed a computational framework for gauge invariant
observables in canonical general relativity. In 2007, she received
the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society, which recognizes
outstanding young scientists.
THE TEMPLETON
FRONTIERS PROGRAM AT
PERIMETER INSTITUTE
The John Templeton Foundation recently awarded
$2 million to the Institute to create the Templeton
Frontiers Program at Perimeter Institute. The
program aims to catalyze path-breaking research
in three areas at the heart of Perimeter's research:
quantum foundations and information, foundational
cosmology, and the emergence of spacetime.
The grant will support several exceptional young
postdoctoral researchers, in addition to research
projects, conferences, lectures, and visits by
Distinguished Research Chairs working in these
fields.