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Adam Riess, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and a professor in physics and astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University, today was awarded the 2011 Einstein Medal by the Albert Einstein Society, located in Bern, Switzerland. The Society recognized him for leadership in the High-z Supernova Search Team's 1998 discovery that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating, a phenomenon widely attributed to a mysterious, unexplained "dark energy" filling the universe. Riess will receive the medal at a ceremony in Bern in May 2011.
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Adam Riess was among 72 scientists elected last week to membership in the National Academy of Sciences at the organization's 146th annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C.
Riess, a professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, joins 20 other Johns Hopkins faculty members currently in the academy, an honorary society that advises the government on scientific matters. Riess also is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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Adam Riess is a man of science, a professor of astronomy and physics at Johns Hopkins University who has measured the accelerating expansion of the universe. He knows more than most people about Einstein's cosmological constant and Type 1a supernovae.

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