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Stories for April 22, 1998

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Yuen Ron Shen

Yuen Ron Shen, professor of physics and principal investigator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was honored recently by both the American Physical Society and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Shen received the 1998 Frank Isakson Prize at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, held in Los Angeles last month.

The Isakson Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field of optical effects in solids, and includes $5,000 and a certificate. It is sponsored by Solid State Communications, published by Elsevier Science, Ltd.

According to the award citation, Shen was selected for his contributions “to the basic understanding of the interaction of light with matter, and for his development of novel linear and nonlinear techniques for pioneering studies of semiconductors, liquid crystals, surfaces and interfaces.”

His research on surface nonlinear optical spectroscopy, described in a paper of the same title, won the Department of Energy’s 1997 Materials Sciences Research Competition in the solid-state physics category.

The annual DOE competition recognizes laboratory scientists for outstanding research.

Former UC Regent Receives Award in Trusteeship

Roy T. Brophy, a former UC Regent, has received the 1998 Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship for his years of volunteer service as a higher education trustee in the public sector.

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges presented the award to Brophy April 19 during its annual National Conference on Trusteeship in Nashville, Tenn.

In presenting the award, the association’s president, Tom Ingram, cited Brophy for having “effectively shaped the debates over major policy issues facing the University of California.” Established in 1980, the award is given annually by the Washington, D.C.-based association to a governing board member from a public and independent institution.

“Roy Brophy deserves this award not just because of what he has accomplished but what he has stood for,” UC President Richard C. Atkinson said in his letter of nomination. “He is a model for those who seek to fulfill the role of a trustee and the complex demands it imposes on those who serve.”

Brophy, 76, is the first person in California history to act as a trustee in all segments of public education in the state. His 12-year term as a UC regent ended March 1.

Mimi Koehl

Mimi A.R. Koehl, professor of integrative biology, returns to her undergraduate alma mater, Gettysburg College, May 16 to be recognized as a distinguished alumna during the College’s Spring Honors Day ceremonies.

It is the second time Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Pa., has honored Koehl, well known for her work combining engineering and biology research techniques. In 1985, the college honored her with a Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Koehl graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Gettysburg College in 1970 and received a doctorate degree in zoology from Duke University. She has pursued postdoctoral work at universities in the United States, Switzerland and England, and has taught at Duke and Brown universities.

Her research focuses on how organisms withstand and use the movement of water or air around them.

Koehl has garnered NATO and Guggenheim fellowships as well as a coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. Her findings have been widely published in professional journals and the mainstream media.

John Clarke

The American Physical Society awarded John Clarke, professor of physics and Lawrence Berkeley Lab principal investigator, its 1998 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science.

The award recognizes physicists who have been instrumental in developing improved measurement techniques or equipment for the physics community.

Presented at the society’s annual meeting, held in Los Angeles last month, the award included $5,000 and a certificate citing Clarke “for his experimental and theoretical studies of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDS), advancing the state of the art of measurement science by applying SQUIDS to many areas of both fundamental and applied physics.”

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