Harvard’s Clowes Professor of Science Robert P. Kirshner ’70 will share the 2015 Wolf Prize in Physics with Professor James Bjorken of Stanford University. They will split the $100,000 award.The Wolf Prize in Physics is one of five prizes in the arts and sciences awarded annually by the Wolf Foundation. It is an international award presented to living scientists and artists for “achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among people.” The Wolf Prize in Physics is often considered the most prestigious award in that field after the Nobel Prize.“I am very gratified to receive this recognition. The list of previous Wolf Prize winners is awe-inspiring,” said Kirshner.Kirshner has devoted his professional life to cutting-edge research on cosmology and supernovae, the foundation said. “He created the group, environment, and directions that allowed his graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to uncover the acceleration in the expansion of the universe. This discovery is a landmark in fundamental physics and astronomy and presents a profound challenge to theorists.”Kirshner guided the formation of the High-Z Supernova Search Team, one of the two teams widely credited with the discovery of cosmic acceleration. This universal acceleration implies the existence of dark energy.Especially important was Kirshner’s insistence that the data be obtained at more than one color to allow separation of dust from cosmic motion effects in the photometry data, the judges’ panel said.Kirshner has been on the Harvard faculty since 1986. He served as Astronomy Department chair from 1990 to 1999, master of Quincy House from 2001 to 2007, and this term is teaching a large undergraduate course in the General Education program. He is the author of an award-winning book, “The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos.”
Roughly five months after she shaved her head for the St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser, “The Bald and the Beautiful,” junior Elise Jordan said her morning routine is considerably shorter. “It’s growing in a lot nicer than I thought it would,” she said, running her fingers through her short hair. “I get to sleep in longer in the mornings, too, because I don’t have to mess with it.” Jordan was one of few girls to go bald last spring for the charity, which benefits childhood cancer research grants. She said she shaved her hair, which reached the middle of her back, for many reasons, but she has also learned things she could not have imagined. “There’s a lot of pressure placed on young girls and teenage girls. The last thing they should be worrying about if they have this terrible disease is looking pretty,” she said. “I hope I can just show at least one girl that you don’t need hair to be beautiful.” Jordan called her shaved head a “vanity check.” “The first six to eight weeks after I did it, I was concerned,” she said. “I kept asking, ‘Is it growing in fast enough?’” She said she met new people while on campus this summer, and they were all curious about her hair and the charity. A summer vacation at a family home in Vancouver, British Columbia, also proved interesting — many family friends asked her about her shortened hair. “People were really supportive. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from people,” she said. “I’ve had guys say it looks better shorter.” Her hairstyle continues to make an impact; she still receives checks in the mail for donations for the charity. “People are intrigued by the entire event,” she said. “It’s a three-day event on campus, but it spans the entire year. We can still raise money.” She said she is unsure of how much money she raised personally, but she believes the event raised over $40,000 for the charity. “I don’t know how much I made,” she said. “I did online donations and have had extra money donated after. I don’t really care — it was all about how much we raised in total.” To anyone considering shaving their hair for the charity, she said it requires some thought. “Take your time,” she said. “It was very different. Some days I wanted my hair back. But it’s all about confidence. You’ve got to remember you did it for a good cause. It changed how I see myself.” She also cited her mom, a physician, as inspiration — or, more specifically, her mom’s patients. “She’s had tons of women come back in who went through chemo and were in remission with cancer again,” she said. “The first thing they say is they don’t want to do chemo again — they want to keep their hair.” While she’s uncertain if she’s going to grow her hair out or keep it short, Jordan said it’s a theoretical, and literal, weight off her shoulders. “It’s something so stupid. Why should your hair define you?” she said. “Some of my friends have long hair. I have short hair. There are a lot of things more important than a head of hair.”
“We want to commend the NFF and the LMC for this, and I can assure you that the second round of the season will commence this weekend, with all the teams that started the season.“We have rescheduled all the matches that were not played for one reason or the other, and the rescheduled games will be played in midweek while the regular matches come up during the weekends.”Nasarawa Amazons, Tokas Queens and Capital City Doves had lost their slots for failing to honour three matches in the current season, but they have now been restored to the league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The League Management Company (LMC) has given out N10 million support to cash-strapped Nigeria Women Premier League as its second round matches beckon.Several clubs were shown the exit door having failed to comply with the NWPL regulations owing to financial constraints, but with this lifeline, indemnities of match officials will now be paid, taking the responsibility off host teams.“We are happy for this lifeline from the League Management Company. This gesture has come as part of the NFF’s promise to take the Women’s League, and the entire women football sector, to a new level,” Chairman of the ad-hoc committee of the NWFL, Babagana Kalli, confirmed the donation to the NFF website.