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"For her leadership of the first International Conference on Women in Physics, that changed the visibility of women in physics, and her personal commitment to supporting and encouraging women in physics around the world"Background:
Instituto de Fisica Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Marcia did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. After finishing her doctoral degree in 1988 she went to USA for posdoctoral studies at Maryland University with prof. Michael Fischer. In 1991 she was hired at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
Within her research achievements one can list: she found by computer simulations that water diffuses faster when compressed at the supercooled region and the design both by theory and experiments of a dna-lipid complex for gene therapy purposes.
In 2000 she became the chair of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Working Group on Women in Physics and organized the First and the Second IUPAP International Conference in Women in Physics in 2002 and in 2005 respectively.
In 2008 Marcia was elected director of the Physics Institute of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul where she is in charge 120 people between professors and staff.
She is vice-president in large of the International Unions of Pure and Applied Physics and the advisory editor of Physica A, editor of Papers on Physics, Topic Pages and International Review in Physics
E. Dan Dahlberg, Chair, J.A. Cizwski, K.R. Sreenivasan, U. Hansmann