BOULDER, Colo. (AP) A theoretical physicist in Boulder has won a $625,000 "genius grant."
Thirty-six-year-old Ana Maria Rey works at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and is an assistant research professor in the University of Colorado's physics department.
She is one of 24 recipients this year and will receive the grant over five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago.
The Daily Camera reports that Rey is the eighth CU faculty member to win the award. She told the newspaper she found out about the award a few weeks ago. She is the only atomic physicist on this year's list.
Rey studies ultra-cold atoms, which are slowed down to the point where researchers can better observe and experiment with them.
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