Duke physicist Matthew Hastings has been named one of 21 Simons Foundation Investigators. The award recognizes Hastings' experiments and simulations probing how particles interact on a quantum level.This is the first year of the Simons Investigators program, which aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists in their most productive years. The prize, which carries a purse of $100,000 per year for each recipient, will enable Hastings and the other winners to do long-term studies of nature's most fundamental questions. Along with the individual funds, the foundation has also granted the Duke physics department $10,000.There is no official award ceremony. However, the winners were recognized in a New York Times advertisement appearing in the July 24 Science Times section.