Wright Lab associate professor of physics Reina Maruyama and Yale Presidential Visiting Scholar Shelly Lesher have been named 2020 Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).
Maruyama was honored for her “innovative and wide-ranging contributions to the experimental study of rare events and fundamental symmetries, especially the search for neutrinoless double beta decay, and for leadership in understanding the signature and nature of dark matter.”
Lesher was honored “for advocating on behalf of the essential role of physics education for all students.” Lesher, an associate professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, was a Yale Presidential Visiting Scholar during the 2019-2020 academic year and remains affiliated with Wright Lab and the Yale Department of Physics.
According to an E-mail sent by the APS to its members on September 28, 2020, “the APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.”
The E-mail continues, “each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society. This year, 163 Fellows were selected and recognized for their contributions to science.”