degradable polymer networks. She has received the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation, the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society, and the Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research, as well as the Scholarly and Creative Work Award.


Meigan Aronson, Brookhaven National Laboratory


Dr. Aronson is a research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She was most recently a professor of physics at the University of Michigan. She was also associate director of the Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory, a user facility for the university research community. Dr. Aronson graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. Her research is on quantum-phase transitions, phase behaviors of low-density metals, and novel magnetism. The central focus of her research is the exploration of magnetism in metals and the properties of electron gas at low densities, where strong and unscreened Coulomb interactions are expected to lead to unusual types of charge and spin order, especially in very large magnetic fields. Her group uses neutron scattering, as well as a variety of transport, magnetic, and thermal measurements, to probe the ground state and its excitations at low temperatures and at high magnetic fields up to as large as 60 tesla, and at pressures as large as 200,000 atmospheres. Dr. Aronson is a fellow of the APS and recently served on the NRC’s Committee on Opportunities in High Magnetic Field Science.


David M. Ceperley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Ceperley is a professor of physics and a staff scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He worked at both the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) before coming to the the University of Illinois in 1987. His research interests include quantum Monte Carlo methods and quantum many-body systems, studying systems such as the energy of an electron gas, the electronic structure of condensed matter, and the macroscopic properties of liquid helium.


Paul M. Chaikin, New York University (NAS)


Dr. Chaikin is a professor of physics at New York University. His research interests include soft condensed-matter physics, colloids, nanolithography, and low-dimensional strongly correlated electron systems (especially organic superconductors) using high magnetic fields. Dr. Chaikin is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a past winner of the



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