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APS Names 5 New Fellows at Berkeley Lab

Pictured in top row, from left: Michael Martin, Grazyna Odyniec. Bottom row: Hendrik Ohldag, Jean-Luc Vay, Junqiao Wu. 

Five Berkeley Lab scientists have been named 2018 American Physical Society (APS) Fellows. They were chosen through a nomination and election process that recognizes “outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.”

The APS has also separately honored Barbara Jacak, director of the Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, and Zahid Hussain, former division deputy at the Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) who is now an affiliate in the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, with awards.

Jacak has won the 2019 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics for “leadership in the discovery and characterization of the quark-gluon plasma, especially her contributions to the PHENIX experiment and its explorations of jets as probes,” and Hussain has won the 2019 Joseph F. Keithley Award for the “development of soft X-ray instrumentation leading to significant measurement improvements of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering.”

The five new APS Fellows at Berkeley Lab – from a total of 155 newly announced APS Fellows –include one honoree who is named with his UC Berkeley affiliation, and another who joined the Lab earlier this month:

Michael Martin
Senior Staff Scientist, Group Lead for Operations – Photon Science Group, Advanced Light Source
For the advancement of synchrotron infrared spectroscopy, including the development of synchrotron infrared nanospectroscopy and 3D Fourier transform infrared tomography.


Grazyna Odyniec
Senior Staff Scientist, Nuclear Science Division
For leadership and contributions to the understanding of strangeness production in high-energy nuclear collisions and to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider beam energy scan program.


Hendrik Ohldag
Staff Scientist, Advanced Light Source
For contributions to unique insight into complex magnetic materials with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution using novel X-ray techniques. Ohldag, who has conducted experiments at the ALS for the past two decades while employed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is now at Berkeley Lab.


Jean-Luc Vay
Senior Staff Scientist, Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division
For development of novel methods for simulating beams and plasmas and application of these methods to accelerator physics.



Junqiao Wu
Faculty Scientist, Materials Sciences Division
Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley
For developing and understanding narrow-band-gap nitride semiconductors and highly mismatched alloys, for pioneering the physics of point defects and interlayer coupling of 2-D semiconductors, and for discovering non-quasiparticle electro-thermal transport in strongly correlated metals. The APS recognized Wu through his UC Berkeley professorship.