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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

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Michelle Girvan and Wolfgang Losert elected Fellows of the American Physical Society

October 12, 2017. Michelle Girvan (IPST / Physics) and Wolfgang Losert (IPST / Physics / IREAP) have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives upon the recommendations of the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, for the former, and the Division of Biological Physics, for the later. Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and it is a prestigious recognition by peers of outstanding contributions to physics. The citation for Michelle Girvan reads: For seminal contributions to the nonlinear and statistical physics of complex networks, including the characterization of network structures and dynamics, and interdisciplinary applications. The citation for Wolgang Losert reads: For his imaginative studies of complex living systems. We congratulate both Michelle and Wolfgang for their honors.


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