Henriette Elvang, associate professor of physics, has been selected to receive the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows upon faculty early in their academic careers who already have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research and/or creativity, as well as an excellent record of contribution as a teacher.
Professor Elvang, who came to U-M in 2009, focuses her research on theoretical, high energy physics. More specifically, she works on aspects of quantum field theory, gravity, supergravity and particle physics. Her research interests reside at the interface between particle physics, general relativity and string theory. Recently, she has been working on new methods for calculating scattering processes and written a graduate level textbook on the subject. She also works on problems related to understanding fundamental properties of quantum field theories.
Among her 40 papers, 15 already have over 50 citations. Currently, she holds four substantial grants on which she is principal investigator or co-PI, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010-15) and a Cottrell Scholar Award for research and teaching (2013-15). She was also awarded a 2014 Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Professor Elvang graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a B.Sc. in 1998 and a M.Sc. in 2001. She then received her Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2005. She was a Pappalardo Fellow at MIT 2005-08 and then a postdoctoral member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton before joining as faculty at Michigan.
Professor Elvang will receive the award at the Henry Russel lecture given by Physics Professor Homer Neal on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
The Russel Award was established in 1925 with a bequest from Henry Russel of Detroit who received three degrees from the University of Michigan.