Mercedes Richards, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, is being honored as the July 2013 Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society. Richards studies close pairs of stars, called interacting binaries, which are pairs of stars that were formed at the same time, like twins, but in which each star matures at different rates and affects the evolution of its companion. Richards was lauded for her research on the dynamic interactions between close binary stars by the society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. In particular, the committee cited her research involving 2-D and 3-D Doppler tomography for measuring the flow of material between the stars in these paired systems and her hydrodynamic simulations of the gas flowing between the paired stars.
American Physical Society
American Physical Society
Kiarash Vakhshouri, a graduate student in chemical engineering, received the Frank J. Padden Jr. Award from the American Physical Society (APS).
Reka Albert, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has received the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, which honored her for "scientific achievements that demonstrate her potential as an outstanding physicist." The award was first established in 1985 with help from the General Electric Company, and is presented to women within the first ten years after receiving a doctoral degree.
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Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, the Eberly professor of biotechnology and a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been elected a 2010 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Hammes-Schiffer, an acknowledged world leader in biophysics whose research spans the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and computer science, has received this honor for her work in developing and applying new and insightful theories in the field of chemistry.
Niel Brandt, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Brandt's election to the society is based on his leadership and numerous contributions to research involving deep extragalactic X-ray surveys and active-galaxy studies, which have advanced understanding of the physics and evolution of accreting supermassive black holes and other cosmic X-ray sources.
Reka Albert, professor of physics at Penn State University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Albert's election to the society is based on her "pioneering work in understanding the organization and dynamics of biological networks."
Five physicists at Penn State have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS): John Collins, distinguished professor of physics; Vincent Crespi, professor of physics and of materials science and engineering; Paul Sommers, professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics; David Weiss, professor of physics; and Xiaoxing Xi, professor of physics and of materials science and engineering. The society is the largest physics organization in the world and publishes a wide range of research journals. The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication, have made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology, or who have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or to service opportunities and activities of the society. Each year the society elects no more than one-half of 1 percent of its then-current membership to the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society.