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Lab Researchers Recognized by American Physical Society With 2017 Awards and Fellowships

The American Physical Society (APS) announced its Spring 2017 prize and award winners along with its new class of Fellows and numerous Berkeley Lab researchers are among those named. These honors are highly regarded, and represent critical recognition from the recipients’ most discerning audience, their peers.

“Each year, the American Physical Society recognizes leading physicists through a variety of prizes and awards,” said APS President Homer Neal. “We are proud to honor a spectrum of recipients, including outstanding early-career researchers, exceptional communicators and educators, and accomplished theorists and experimentalists working in every major field of physics.”

Excellence in Physics Education Award
Howard Matis: Nuclear Sciences Division

XBD201609-00276.tifThe Contemporary Physics Education Project was cited for “for leadership in providing educational materials on contemporary physics topics to students for over 25 years.” The award recognizes those “who have exhibited a sustained commitment to excellence in physics education. More>

Keithley Award
Peter Denes: Directorate

denes-cropped-copyDenes was cited for “his pioneering advances in detectors for electron and X-ray microscopy, especially the development of complementary metal oxide semiconductor detectors for electron microscopy, and column parallel readout charge coupled devices for ptychographic X-ray microscope.” The prize recognizes “physicists who have been instrumental in the development of measurement techniques or equipment that have impact on the physics community by providing better measurements.” More>

Davisson-Germer Prize
Steve Kevan & Eli Rotenberg: Advanced Light Source

kevan-rotenbergKevan (left) and Rotenberg were cited “for the development of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) leading to groundbreaking surface science.” The prize recognizes and encourages “outstanding work in atomic physics or surface physics.” More>


This year’s recently announced American Physical Society (APS) Fellows include three scientists from Berkeley Lab with three more named with their UC Berkeley affiliations. These Lab researchers were recognized for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.”

cgrgeddes_145pxCameron Guy Geddes
Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division

For research demonstrating the production of high quality electron beams from laser-plasma accelerators.

steierChristoph Steier
Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division

For seminal contributions to the understanding, development, and operation of storage ring based synchrotron light sources, including effects of intrabeam scattering, lattice optimization, undulator compensation, and brightness improvements.

XBD201605-00180.TIFKathryn Zurek
Physics Division

For innovative contributions to particle phenomenology, especially in the development of models of asymmetric dark matter and hidden valley particles.

These Lab researchers were nominated by U.C. Berkeley:

aganagicherfaveMina Aganagic
Physics Division

For pioneering applications of string dualities to mathematics, including the discoveries of the topological vertex and of refined Chern-Simons theory.

aleeAdrian Lee
Physics Division

For original work in developing innovative detector systems and Instrumentation to enable increasingly precise observations of the cosmic microwave background.

robert-luccheseRobert Lucchese
Chemical Sciences Division

For his contributions to the theory, numerical treatment, and understanding of molecular photoionization processes, with seminal developments in body-frame scattering, molecular imaging, and strongfield rescattering.

wang_news_1Feng Wang
Materials Sciences Division

For seminal contributions to optical spectroscopy of novel low dimensional materials, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and transition metal dichalcoginides.

View the full list of 2016 APS Fellows here.