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January 2010 Issue

Campus Digest

A professor of physics at Augusta State University (ASU) is one of seven theoretical physicists in the United States to be named a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The prestigious honor was awarded to Trinanjan Datta, assistant professor of physics in ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics. He is one of only 89 recipients to have received the honor since 1979.

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics provides an environment for interactive research by both resident and visiting scientists. Each year a small number of faculty from U. S. colleges and universities that are not major research institutions are selected as KITP Scholars. With the honor comes the opportunity to take part in workshops and conferences and conduct research in theoretical condensed matter physics with many of the nation’s leading scientists at the institute over the next three summers.

An active researcher, Datta’s study on multiferroics, conducted at ASU, led to the publication of a theory for the multiferroic compound LiCu2O2 in the journal Physical Review. This technologically important research may have applications in computer data storage devices. His other research is in providing a theoretical explanation of the fundamental physics of frustrated magnetic materials. Datta, who joined the ASU faculty in 2007, teaches physical and thermal physics as well as introductory physics.

A record nine University of Georgia (UGA) faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon them by their peers for “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

The UGA faculty members are among 531 new AAAS Fellows who will be honored on Feb. 20 at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and being named a Fellow is one of its most prestigious honors.

The nine inductees are the largest group honored in a single year from UGA, and bring the total number of AAAS Fellows at the university to 57. “Selection as a Fellow of the AAAS represents a major milestone in the careers of our most talented scientists and is an important recognition of their enduring contributions,” said David Lee, UGA vice president for research. “Their selection brings distinction to the University of Georgia, which is doubly proud to have a record number of faculty members selected as AAAS Fellows this year.”

Posted by John Vanchella on January 01, 2010
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