Theoretical astrophysics: gravitation; cosmology; and numerical methods. Social sciences: mixed methods investigation of cultural change in STEM.
Ed Bertschinger (he/him) is a professor of physics and affiliated faculty in the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT. On the faculty since 1986; he has served as Astrophysics Division Head; Physics Department Head; and MIT’s inaugural Institute Community and Equity Officer. Ed works actively to advance equity; diversity; and inclusion at MIT and through professional societies including the American Physical Society; American Astronomical Society; American Institute of Physics; and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
American Physical Society honors nine with MIT ties for physics research
Faculty, staff, and alumni recognized for outstanding contributions to physics research, education, and policy.
Awards & Honors
- 2022 // Excellence in Physics Education Award (to the TEAM-UP Task Force) (APS) "For groundbreaking analysis revealing sources of persistent underrepresentation of African-Americans in physics and astronomy; recommendation of data-driven, systemic strategies to increase the number of African-American physics bachelor’s degree recipients; and ways to catalyze cultural change."
- 2021 // Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (MIT) "for his course “Science Activism: Gender, Race, and Power"."
- 2019 // Innovation Fund grant from the American Physical Society for his project, “APS-IDEA: APS Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance.”
- 2015 // Committed to Caring Award, MIT Office of the Dean for Graduate Education
- 2015 // American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
- 2013 // Outstanding Advocacy Award, MIT Council for the Advancement of Black Students
- 2013 // Outstanding Freshman Advisor Award, MIT
- 2013-18 // Institute Community and Equity Officer, MIT
- 2012 // Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award (MIT)
- 2012 // Luis Walter Alvarez Award for the Advancement of Latinos in Science, SACNAS-SHPE-MAES STEM Consortium
- 2007-13 // Physics Department Head, MIT
- 2007 // Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2002-07 // Astrophysics Division Head, MIT Physics
- 2002 // Buechner Teaching Prize in Physics, MIT Physics
- 1996 // American Physical Society Fellow (Nominated by DAP) "For his outstanding contributions to theoretical cosmology, especially in the understanding of structure formation in the universe."
- 1992 // Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy, American Astronomical Society
- 1988 // Sloan Research Fellowship
C.P. Ma and E. Bertschinger; “Cosmological Perturbation Theory in the Synchronous and Conformal Newtonian Gauges;” ApJ 455; 7 (1995)
E. Bertschinger and P. Zukin; “Distinguishing modified gravity from dark energy;” Phys Rev D 78; 024015 (2008)
B. Beckford et al.; “The Time is Now: Systemic Changes to Increase African Americans with Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics and Astronomy;” American Institute of Physics (2020)