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Two Stony Brook Physics Scholars Elected American Physical Society Fellows
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Abhay Deshpande and Rosalba Perna 

STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 19, 2014 – Two scholars from the Stony Brook University Department of Physics and Astronomy  -- Abhay Deshpande and Rosalba Perna – have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for their exceptional contributions to the national and international physics enterprise.

The APS works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS fellowships are awarded after extensive review and are considered a distinct honor because of the evaluation process, conducted by fellowship committees of professional peers. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of APS membership can be elected as a fellow.

According to the APS, Dr. Deshpande, a Professor of Physics, was elected as an APS Fellow “for his sustained effort and leadership in experimental programs to understand the nucleons’ spin, employing polarized DIS experiments at CERN to high-energy polarized proton collisions at RHIC (with PHENIX detector), including early development of beam polarimetry and other essential tools; and for his leadership in the efforts toward realizing the future US electron ion collider.”

Dr. Perna, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was elected as an APS Fellow “for her pioneering contributions to our understanding of the long and short gamma-ray bursts, including the development of advanced models to describe their properties and environments, calculations of their particle and radiative emission, and innovative treatment of the time-dependent photoinization in the dusty environment around the bursts.”

“The work of Drs. Deshpande and Perna have helped significantly advance the study of nuclear physics and high-energy astrophysics,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD.  “Their scholarly work and innovative findings broaden physics research at Stony Brook, and their election as APS fellows is well-deserved.”

“The importance of the contributions to the field of physics by Drs. Deshpande and Perna is evident by the national organizations that support their research, such as Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and NASA,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Their work exemplifies the cutting-edge research being conducted by the entire Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook.

More About Stony Brook’s 2014 APS Elected Fellows

Dr. Deshpande’s research has focused on exploring and understanding quantum chromodynamics (QCD), a fundamental force describing the interactions between quarks and gluons which make up hadrons such as the proton, neutron, and pion. He is also a Senior Fellow and Deputy Group Leader for Experiments at the RIKEN (Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research) BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory) Research Center, located at BNL.  His research is currently supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Science & RIKEN. For more, see his Stony Brook faculty webpage.

Dr. Perna’s primary area of research is theoretical high-energy astrophysics, including studies of gamma-ray bursts and of highly magnetized neutron stars, known as 'magnetars'.  She is a member of several international collaborations aimed at understanding the physics of matter in extreme conditions.   Her research has received numerous grants from both NASA and the National Science Foundation.

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