In November the German Physical Society awarded Fermilab postdoc Anne Schukraft the 2014 Hertha Sponer Prize for her thesis work on the IceCube neutrino experiment. She will accept the award at a ceremony in March.
Established in 2002, the prize is awarded to one female scientist per year for outstanding contributions to physics.
Schukraft’s thesis was an analysis of IceCube data taken from May 2009 to May 2010 to search for an extraterrestrial neutrino flux in a specific channel. The analysis also delivered an estimate of the atmospheric neutrino background, which became valuable in later searches with the completed detector, which for the first time found evidence for an extraterrestrial flux.