Wendy L. Brown Joins IAS Faculty

Wendy L. Brown has joined IAS as the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science. Brown’s foundational insights into neoliberalism, authoritarianism, feminism, sovereignty, progress, and tolerance, among other signature concepts, have revolutionized understandings of democracy and the modern powers that challenge it.

2021 Marcel Grossmann Awards Announced

The SRG orbital X-ray observatory and Rashid Sunyaev, Maureen and John Hendricks Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Natural Sciences and Principal Investigator of the SRG Observatory in Russia, received the 2021 Marcel Grossmann Institutional Award for “the creation of the world's best X-ray map of the entire sky, the discovery of millions of previously unknown accreting supermassive black holes at cosmological redshifts, and the detection of X-rays from tens of thousands of galaxy clusters," among other achievements.

Covid-19 Updates

June 30, 2021

The Institute campus remains partially reopen with access restricted to IAS Faculty, Members and Staff only. At this time, our academic campus is not open to non-essential visitors, members of the public, or family members, including children.

The Health Screening Form must be completed each morning before coming to campus and approved by the IAS Covid-19 Response Team. 

Fully vaccinated individuals at IAS:

  • Do not need to wear masks outdoors; indoors when in their offices, alone or with others who are fully vaccinated; or indoors in public spaces (hallways, activities building, libraries, laundry).
  • Do not need to quarantine after having close contact with someone with Covid-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic.
  • Do not need to quarantine or get tested before/after domestic travel unless otherwise required by their destination.

Unvaccinated individuals at IAS:

  • Are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors.
  • Must adhere to the six-foot social distancing guidelines.
  • Do need to quarantine after having close contact with someone with Covid-19.

For more information on risk for vaccinated versus unvaccinated individuals, the CDC has guidance on “Choosing Safer Activities.”


Masks are required on planes, trains, buses and other forms of public transportationtraveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

New Jersey’s domestic travel advisory is no longer in effect. 
New Jersey residents returning home and travelers visiting the state do not need to quarantine, but should follow travel guidance from the CDC, the NJ Department of Health, and local health and safety protocols of their travel destination. At this time, the CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated and that unvaccinated individuals get tested 1–3 days before their trip, 3–5 days after travel, and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.

International Travel
The CDC has travel restrictions to the United States from certain countries. All air passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country are required to get tested for Covid-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result, or documentation of having recovered from Covid-19, to the airline before boarding the flight.

In addition, with specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may NOT enter the United States: India, China, Iran, countries in the European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa. For a full list of exceptions, refer to the CDC's update on travelers prohibited from entry.

IAS is no longer requiring the completion of a Travel Questionnaire, and academically related travel can resume in accordance with current guidelines.

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Scholar Spotlight: Shany Danieli

Dark matter makes up 80% of the total matter in the universe. Yet, we know very little about it. In this episode of Scholar Spotlight, astrophysicist Shany Danieli discusses her journey to understand dark matter while studying galaxies. Shany shares how she developed an interest in physics at a young age and is now inspiring her own children by balancing the dual roles of scientist and mother.     

The Spring 2021 Institute Letter

Read articles by IAS Faculty and Members exploring the origins of the Second World War; the Janus-like nature of mathematical dualities; and the troubling history and misuse of the term “moral hazard." Also included are Alondra Nelson’s remarks delivered on the occasion of her appointment as Deputy Director for Science and Society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and coverage of Avi Wigderson’s 2021 Abel Prize.

New Biography on the Life and Legacy of Kurt Gödel

Kurt Gödel, a Member of the Institute Faculty in the School of Mathematics, is the topic of the biography Journey to the Edge of Reason by Stephen Budiansky. In conducting research for the book, Budiansky worked closely with the Institute archivists. The book depicts the early days at the Institute, where Gödel often met with fellow longtime IAS scholar Albert Einstein.

My Father’s Theorem

In The New Yorker, Daniel Rockmore remembers his father, mathematician Ronald Marshall Rockmore, a Member in the IAS School of Mathematics in 1957–58.

A Room, an Office, a Library, a World

The Institute is a remarkably modest place. Like all Members, I was provided a lovely apartment, a simple office (with computer), access to libraries, lunch in the dining hall, tea in the afternoon. So how does new knowledge come out of such a simple mix?