2012 CCAPP Price Prize Winners Announced

August 7, 2012

The Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize of the Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP) is supported by generous gifts from Steve Price and Jill Levy, and is named after Steve's parents.  Steve and Jill reside in Westerville and are admirers of the study of this science.

The Price Prize recognizes graduate students who have shown outstanding promise in areas of research closely connected to those of CCAPP.  The selection, which is extremely competitive, is made by the CCAPP Science Board from nominations from around the world.

The 2012 awardees are Charlotte Strege of Imperial College, London and Chris Williams of the University of Chicago.  Each will visit CCAPP in Autumn 2012 for about a week and will give a special seminar.  The prize covers their expenses and provides an honorarium of $1500.  The continued generosity of the donors made it possible to offer two prizes this year.

Strege is a theorist; she is probing the unknown particle properties of dark matter through combining results from astrophysical, underground, and collider experiments.  Williams is an experimentalist; he is working on new techniques to detect the highest-energy particles in the universe, seeking clues to their unknown origins.