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By David Barnstone
APS formally recognized the recipients of the Society’s top honors during an online event as part of the 2022 Annual Leadership Meeting. Hosted by APS President Frances Hellman and APS CEO Jonathan Bagger, a documentary film featured three distinguished scientists honored for their major research accomplishments; impactful lecturing, mentorship, and communication of physics; and cutting-edge research.
Andrew Lucas of the University of Colorado Boulder received the 2022 George E. Valley, Jr. Prize for "pioneering contributions to developing the theory of hydrodynamic transport in interacting electron fluids." The Valley Prize recognizes an early-career individual for an outstanding scientific contribution to physics that is deemed to have significant potential for a dramatic impact on the field. The prize consists of $10,000, a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient, and an invited talk at an APS March or April Meeting.
Chang Kee Jung
Chang Kee Jung of Stony Brook University received the 2022 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize for "outstanding contributions and leadership in experimental neutrino physics, and for outstanding teaching and outreach, especially on the physics of sports." The Lilienfeld Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to physics and exceptional skills in lecturing to diverse audiences. The prize consists of $10,000, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, an invited talk at an APS March or April Meeting, plus expenses for three lectures by the recipient given at an APS meeting, a research university, and a predominantly undergraduate institution.
Elliott H. Lieb of Princeton University was awarded the 2022 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research for "major contributions to theoretical physics through obtaining exact solutions to important physical problems, which have impacted condensed matter physics, quantum information, statistical mechanics, and atomic physics." The Medal was established to recognize contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe in all its facets. It is intended to celebrate scientific inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge. The Medal carries with it a prize of $50,000, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, and an invited talk at an APS March or April Meeting. The APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research is funded by a generous donation from entrepreneur Jay Jones.
The author is APS Head of Public Relations.
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