Physics Professor Katherine Freese has been awarded a Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics from the Simons Foundation for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. Through this grant, Professor Freese will be researching the topic, “Dark Matter and Dark Stars in the Universe.” This Fellowship encourages research leaves for their researchers, with the intent to stimulate creativity and productivity.

In January 2012, Professor Freese will spend a semester at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Spitzer Science Center in Pasadena, California. Starting in August, she will spend a semester  at the Joint Space-Science Institute (JSI), made up of faculty fellows from the departments of Physics and Astronomy at University of Maryland and scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. JSI was established to promote fields such as cosmology, particle astrophysics, Dark Matter, black holes, et cetera. The Institute’s goal is to incubate and foster new collaborations, and promote synergistic activities, including an extensive program of workshops and visitors.