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Laszlo Mihaly Elected AAAS Fellow
A professor of Physics and Astronomy, Mihaly elected for distinguished contributions to the field of optical studies of high temperature superconductors

Stony Brook, NY, November 25, 2013- Laszlo Mihaly, Ph.D., Chair of Stony Brook University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his scientific and social efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Dr. Laszlo Mihaly in his office at SBU.

Dr. Mihaly was elected for major contributions in optical studies of high temperature superconductors and fullerene materials; and for developing far infrared methods to study electron spin resonance.  He used infrared light and high magnetic fields to study the properties of correlated electrons in solids, most recently in antiferromagnets and other unusual magnetic materials. 

“I am honored to be elected Fellow of the AAAS and I look forward to meeting my colleagues at the Meeting of the AAAS next February in Chicago,” said Dr. Mihaly.  “Professional societies like the AAAS and the American Physical Society play an important role in facilitating communication between scientists and policy makers, and I hope to contribute to that effort.”

Dr. Mihaly is among 388 newly elected members who will be honored at the Fellows Forum held during the national meeting for the AAAS being held February 15, 2014. All Fellows receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette pin as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.

Dr. Mihaly is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in teaching and the SBU Dean's Award for Excellence in Service to Education by a Graduate Program Director. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society and he has been elected external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Mihaly is the author of more than 120 publications in international journals, and he is co-author of a book about Solid State Physics.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.

Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 24,000 students and 2,200 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 22nd best value in public colleges for in-state students and 9th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

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