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  • From: Csorgo Tamas <csorgo AT>
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  • Subject: [Fizinfo] Tom Ludlam Named AAAS Fellow (fwd)
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 00:38:44 +0100 (CET)
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Kedves Kollégák,

Szíves tájékoztatásul továbbítom az alábbi hírt a BNL RHIC gyorsító egyik vezető kutatójának, Tom Ludlamnak a magas szintű elismeréséről az American Association of Advancement of Science részéről.



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Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 15:42:39 -0500
From: "White DePace, Susan M"
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Subject: Tom Ludlam Named AAAS Fellow

UPTON, NY - The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
has awarded two scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven
National Laboratory with the distinction of Fellow. Chi-Chang Kao and Thomas
Ludlam will be among 531 AAAS members to receive this honor for their efforts
toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or
socially distinguished. The new Fellows will be presented with their official
certificate and rosette pin on February 20, at the 2010 AAAS annual meeting
in San Diego.

Chi-Chang Kao is recognized for "his many contributions to resonant elastic and
inelastic x-ray scattering techniques and to x-ray spectroscopy, their applications to
important materials, and his inspired leadership at the National Synchrotron Light
Source [NSLS]."

Kao's research interests have focused on developing new experimental
techniques using synchrotron light at Brookhaven Lab's NSLS, a facility
where, each year, approximately 2,100 scientists from around the world use
x-rays, infrared light and ultraviolet light to study materials as diverse as
computer chips and viruses. Specifically, Kao has developed x-ray techniques
to study superconductors, materials that have no electrical resistance at
very low temperatures; magnetic materials for storage devices in computers;
and electronic structures of materials under high temperature and high

As chair of the NSLS, Kao manages a staff of about 170, and he has organized
a large community of scientists to address scientific opportunities that he
has identified. He also undertook major upgrades to the scientific programs
and experimental facilities at the NSLS. In addition, he developed potential
science programs for NSLS-II, Brookhaven's new light source that is currently
under construction.

"I am honored to receive this distinction from the AAAS," Kao said. "It is a
privilege to work with the talented and dedicated staff of the NSLS, and I am looking forward to
continuing our productive scientific programs at NSLS-II."

In 1988, Kao earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Cornell University
and joined Brookhaven Lab as a postdoctoral research associate. He worked his
way up the ranks to become a senior physicist in 2001, and, in that same
year, he was named associate chair for user science at the NSLS. In 2005, he
was promoted to deputy chair of the NSLS, and in 2006, he became interim
chair and then chair. In 2008, he became director of the Joint Photon
Sciences Institute at Brookhaven Lab, an interdisciplinary research institute
that uses advanced light sources to address challenging problems in science
and technology. Kao has been an adjunct professor in the Physics Department
at Stony Brook University since 2003.

Thomas Ludlam is cited for "the establishment of the scientific program of the
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider [RHIC] at BNL and for his leadership [in] preparing the
detectors for RHIC."

Ludlam played a major role in the development of Brookhaven's world-class
accelerator, RHIC, from its design stage starting in the early 1980s to the
design and construction of its four detectors and the development of its
research programs. RHIC began operations in 2000, colliding high-energy beams
of heavy atomic nuclei, known as heavy ions, for experimental studies
performed by physicists from around the world.

The heavy-ion collisions at RHIC allow the study of nature's strongest force, through
the interactions of subatomic particles called quarks and gluons, by creating an
extraordinarily hot and dense type of matter that is thought to have characterized the
universe a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang. In 2005, physicists at RHIC
found such a state of matter, and discovered that it behaves like a "perfect"

"The RHIC program has been - and continues to be - a wonderful adventure," Ludlam said.
"I am grateful to have been a part of it from the beginning and honored to be recognized in
this way by the AAAS."

Ludlam earned a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1969 and began his
career on the faculty of Yale. He joined Brookhaven in 1978 as an associate
physicist and rose through the ranks to become a senior physicist in 1994.
From 1990 to 1999, he served as associate project head for RHIC construction.
In 2004, he became associate chair of nuclear physics within Brookhaven's
Physics Department, and, in 2007, he was named chair of the Physics
Department. Ludlam is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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