Marcela Carena wins Humboldt award

Marcela Carena

Fermilab theoretical physicist Marcela Carena has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, a prestigious award recognizing a lifetime of achievement in research.

“I am deeply honored by the community’s appreciation toward the work that I have done," Carena said.

Matthias Neubert, Chair of Theoretical Particle Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, nominated Carena for this award. Neubert’s nomination cited Carena’s important contributions to physics at the weak scale, highlighting her work on:

  • detailed predictions for the Higgs boson masses in supersymmetric models,
  • electroweak baryogenesis in the minimal supersymmetric Standard Model,
  • important contributions to gauge-coupling and bottom-tau unification in supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model,
  • and her work during the past 10 years on the phenomenology of supersymmetric theories and models with extra spatial dimensions.

As part of her award, Carena will spend a total of six-12 months at various institutions in Germany. She plans to divide that time into short segments, spending one to two months per year starting in 2011. During her stay in Germany, Carena hopes to further her research in the area of phenomenology by developing new ideas and collaborations with her German colleagues. Carena, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg and completed a postdoc fellowship at the Max Planck Institute für Physik – Werner-Heisenberg-Institut, is excited to return to her physics roots.

“I hope that this will open doors for new collaborations and new ideas,” Carena said.

Carena will receive her award at a ceremony in Berlin in June. More information on the award can be found here.

Rhianna Wisniewski