The research team, Daya Bay Collaboration, led by Prof Kam-Biu Luk, IAS Senior Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor of Physics, has won the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics together with four other research teams “for the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics”. Prof Luk and his collaborator, Prof Yifang Wang, from the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences are the leaders of the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment with a team of over 270 scientists from the US, Mainland China, Taiwan and the Czech Republic. It is an unprecedented prize for Chinese scientists and their discovery on the measurement of θ13 enables the future search for charge parity violation in neutrino oscillation.
Prof Dan Shechtman, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2011 and Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, spoke at UC RUSAL President’s Forum and HKUST 25th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers Series with a title “Technological Entrepreneurship – A Key to World Peace and Prosperity”. The Forum was well attended by students, faculty members and guests from HKUST & outside the university.
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A team of scientists from the Division of Life Science at HKUST and the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University, including IAS Junior Fellow Dr Yuanliang Zhai, becomes the first to solve the near atomic structure of the MCM2-7 Complex which plays a key role in destabilizing and unwinding duplex DNA during DNA replication. Dr Zhai is instrumental in pushing the purification of the MCM2-7 complex to large enough quantities and high enough quality for cryo-EM imaging in the research. The work is published in the journal Nature in July 2015.
IAS conveys its heartiest congratulations to Prof Eli Yablonovitch, IAS Visiting Professor, for being awarded the Isaac Newton Medal by the Institute of Physics in London for “his visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures” which have spawned the research field of photonic crystals. Prof Yablonovitch is a scientist with a profound understanding of fundamental physical and engineering principles in photonics and a keen interest in translating these concepts into practical applications that address real societal issues.