Two PSD members honored in Spring 2022 APS Prizes and Awards

October 25, 2021

Two members of the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division are among those who will be honored in the American Physical Society’s Spring 2022 Prizes and Awards. 

The APS Prizes and Awards recognize outstanding achievements in research, education, and public service. With few exceptions, they are open to all members of the scientific community in the US and abroad. The nomination and selection procedure, involving APS-appointed selection committees, guarantees high standards and prestige.

2022 Excellence in Physics Education Award 

Philip Bo Hammer

Philip (Bo) Hammer, who joined the PSD in January as the new Executive Director of Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI), has been awarded the 2022 Excellence in Physics Education Award. Hammer served as a member of the American Institute of Physics TEAM-UP Task Force, which collectively won the award. The task force was recognized for “groundbreaking analysis revealing sources of persistent underrepresentation of African-Americans in physics and astronomy; recommendation of data-driven, systemic strategies to increase the number of African-American physics bachelor's degree recipients; and ways to catalyze cultural change.”

2022 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

Giulia Galli

Giulia Galli, the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Department of Chemistry and director of the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials at Argonne, was awarded the 2022 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics. Galli was recognized for “the development of theoretical methods to compute and engineer the electronic and structural properties of molecules and materials, broadening the applicability of first-principles computational approaches to multiple disciplines, including nanoscience, and for many predictions subsequently confirmed experimentally.”

To see the full list of awardees, see the announcement from APS.

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