Cushing Memorial Prize
James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in
History and Philosophy of Physics
2020 - Call for Nominations
We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 Cushing Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics.
Eligible for nomination are works by what we term “younger scholars,” meaning individuals who are within five years of the receipt of the Ph.D, and work in any area of the history and philosophy of physics may be nominated.
Nominations should include a letter explaining the significance of the work that is being nominated, along with a copy of the work, in the case of an individual paper or set of papers, or a complete citation in the case of a book. Please also provide a copy of the nominee’s current cv. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Sunday, March 15, 2020. Nominations should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winner will be announced on April 15, 2020.
The prize winner will receive a $2,000 prize and an invitation to deliver a prize lecture at the University of Notre Dame in the Fall of 2020.
Questions about the prize or the nomination process should be directed to either Don Howard (email@example.com) or Mike Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional information about the prize, including a list of previous winners, can be found at: https://reilly.nd.edu/history-and-philosophy-of-science/cushing-prize/
The Cushing Prize Committee:
Feraz Azhar, University of Notre Dame
David Baker, University of Michigan
Jeremy Butterfield, Cambridge University
Adam Caulton, Oxford University
Neil Dewar, University of Munich
Hans Halvorson, Princeton University
Don Howard, University of Notre Dame
Eleanor Knox, Kings College London
Cyrus Mody, Maastricht University
Nic Teh, University of Notre Dame
Giovanni Valente, Polytechnic University of Milan
Charlotte Werndl, University of Salzburg
We are pleased to announce that Dr. John Dougherty, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in the History and Philosophy of Physics for his paper, “Large Gauge Transformations and the Strong CP Problem,” which is forthcoming in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. Dougherty was nominated by Professor Stephan Hartmann, the Director of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. In his nomination, Professor Hartmann writes: “Dougherty’s paper clearly articulates the interplay of physical and conceptual issues in the interpretation of the Standard Model and effectively uses the former to intervene on the latter. He shows that any adequate interpretation must answer relatively directly to experiment in a way that has not previously been appreciated. More generally, he carefully illustrates one role symmetries can play in drawing together the theory and practice of particle physics. Overall, the paper is a formidable argument against a popular view in the philosophy of physics, and future work on the foundations of high-energy physics will have to reckon with the problem Dougherty poses.”
The Cushing Prize includes a cash award of $2,000 and an invitation to deliver the 2020 Cushing Memorial Prize Lecture at Notre Dame.
The invitation to deliver the Cushing Prize Lecture at Notre Dame will be extended, and the award of the prize will be made, once current restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted.
Contributions to the endowment for the prize are being accepted at:
Cushing Memorial Prize
Program in History and Philosophy of Science
University of Notre Dame
453 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
For more information, please contact Don Howard at 574-631-7547 or email@example.com.