On June 7, 2017, The Einstein Society awarded the Einstein medal for the first time to Collaborations, recognizing the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations for the team spirit that produced the first detection of gravitational waves of coalescing black holes. Read more here.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
On May 2, 2017, Prof. Gabriela Gonzalez and Prof. Nergis Mavalvala, both of the LSC, were elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Learn more here.
Monday, May 1, 2017
For their work on the detection of gravitational waves with LIGO, Gabriela Gonzalez, David Reitze, and Peter Sauson were awarded the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery. Learn more here.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
In February 2017, Prof. Alicia M Sintes from the Balearic Islands University was awarded the Ramon Llull Prize 2017 by the Govern de les Illes Balears for her research work on gravitational waves and career in academia. Find out more here.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
For her work on LIGO data analysis, Holly Gummelt of University of Washington Bothell was awarded the UWB Founders' Fellowship, which recognizes and supports undergraduates involved in research.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Prof. Nergis Mavalvala and Prof. Norna Robertson were elected as Fellows of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. Learn more here.
"Lynn Cominsky received the Wang Family Excellence Award for her extraordinary commitment to student achievement and exemplary contributions in her fields. She also received the American Astronomical Society’s Education Prize and the American Astronautical Society’s Sally Ride Excellence in Education Award for her work in bringing STEM education to K-12 and college classrooms." -- From LIGO Magazine Issue 9
Thursday, February 2, 2017
On March 14, 2016, Prof. Harald Pfeiffer was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. This award will enable him to pursue further work at Albert Einstein Institute. Learn more here
Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen and Prof. Karsten Danzmann win Lower Saxony State Award
On August 21, 2016, Prof. Alessandra Buonanno, Prof. Bruce Allen and Prof. Karsten Danzmann were awarded the Lower Saxony State Prize for their contributions to the detection of gravitational waves with LIGO. Find out more here.
'Together with 13 other researchers, Prof. Karsten Danzmann, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI), was honoured as an “outstanding scientist at a university in Lower Saxony” with the 2016 Lower Saxony Science Award.' -- link here
"On November 29, 2016, Prof. Karsten Danzmann, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics of the Leibniz Universität Hannover received one of the two Science Prizes of the Fritz Behrens Foundation for his life’s work and especially for his contributions to the first direct detection of gravitational waves and to gravitational wave astronomy. Each prize is endowed with 30,000 euros in research funds; the Foundation has awarded them to outstanding researchers every two years since 2010." -- link here
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Prof. Alicia M Sintes, member of the University of Balearic Islands Relativity and Gravitation Group, has received the "Onda Cero Menorca 2016" award for Science and Research, the "Menorca por la igualdad 2016" award by the PSOE party, and the "Protagonista de la Vida Menorquina' 2016 award in Social Activities by the 'Diari de Menorca' for her teaching, outreach and research activities associated to the first detection of gravitational waves!
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
On September 7th, 2016, the LIGO Engineering Team was awarded The Optical Society's 2016 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award for the detection of gravitational waves. A full list of the LIGO Engineering Team winners can be found here.