Schramm Fellowship Honors Astrophysics and Cosmology Pioneer|
After David Schramm, a pioneer in the fields of astrophysics and cosmology,
died in 1997, his Fermilab colleagues discussed the best way to celebrate
his life. "We wanted to have some kind of living memorial," said
Rocky Kolb of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group.
Current Schramm Fellow John Beacom, who had other job offers,
was drawn by Fermilab's world-class cosmology and theoretical
astrophysics group, and by the opportunity to collaborate with experimental
astrophysicists, particle theorists and neutrino experimentalists.
"This was perfect for me," Beacom said. "What made it even more exciting
was the whole Fermilab environment."
Beacom modestly deflects the notion that he is carrying on Schramm's
legacy, but he does use Schramm's old office. When he moved in, Beacom
found several of Schramm's old transparencies in a drawer, and three of
them now hang framed on the wall. One says in big letters: "BIG PROBLEM:
"Let's put it this way," Beacom said. "If David Schramm were still alive,
we'd have a lot to talk about."
The application deadline for the second David Schramm Fellowship
term expired on December 1.
Now the astrophysics group is reviewing applications for the
five-year paid research position that Kolb says
is meant to attract people who will become leaders in the field.