Physics Professor Dragan Huterer has been named a Henry Russel Award winner. This award, which recognizes both exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher, is one of the highest honors the University bestows upon members of its faculty who are in the early stages of their career. The citation in the University Record reads:
Professor Huterer, who came to the U-M Physics Department in 2007, is a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of cosmology and elementary particle physics. His principal interest is in understanding the nature and origin of dark energy. He uses cosmological probes to study the properties of dark energy; these include measurements of distances to type Ia supernovae, mapping the growth and evolution of the large-scale structure in the universe, and gravitational lensing. During his time at U-M he has had more than 30 publications, with 4,000 citations.
He is a frequently invited speaker and already has written several review articles considered by his peers to be classics in the field. In his work as a phenomenologist, Professor Huterer is developing new types of research that allow experimental data to be connected to the wealth of competing fundamental models. The prominence of his research at this early stage of his career is signaled by his selection as an Outstanding Junior Investigator by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008.