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Awards & Honors

Roald Sagdeev, Distinguished University Professor, has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society. Election to the Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.

William Dorland, Associate Professor, was awarded the 2008 Richard A. Ferrell Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in recognition of outstanding research and teaching.

Dr. Ferrell was a theorist with contributions in several areas, including statistical and condensed matter physics. He joined the University in 1953, and was an active member of the campus and the nearby community until his death in 2005. He is remembered for his leadership, commitment and versatility in years of great growth in the field and the department. Last fall, a symposium in Strongly Interacting Systems was held in his honor at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, attracting many physicists with profound gratitude for Dr. Ferrell's outstanding research and teaching.

Dennis Papadopoulos, Professor, will be honored with a professional conference in his name next year. The June 2009 conference, on "Modern Challenges in Nonlinear Plasma Physics," will be held at the Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece, June 15-19 2009 to honor his career.

Paul Cassak, Alumnus, was awarded the F. L. Scarf dissertation award for the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union.

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In the News

Elizabeth Lockner, Research Graduate Assistant, was interviewed for a piece on LHC that appeared on Current TV Online. To view the clip, visit: http://current.com/items/89294977_large_hadron_collider

William Dorland, Professor, was mentioned in the August edition of Animation Magazine, in an article regarding his participation in the NVIDIA CUDA conference.
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Dan Lathrop, Professor & Director, was featured in the September Issue of Popular Mechanics discussing research on the Earth's magnetic field.  To view the article, visit:


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