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2019

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    • Drexel University student Zaarah Abdul-Aziz on set to compete on "Wheel of Fortune." Photo Credit: Carol Kaelson.

      What’s it Like to Go on ‘Wheel of Fortune?’ One Drexel Student Explains All

      March 29, 2019

      Drexel student Zaarah Abdul-Aziz recently appeared on the show on a March 20 episode during its special “College Week Spring Break” programming.

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    • Person holding a smartphone

      Drexel Study: Smartphone App Predicts Diet Lapse 

      March 27, 2019

      According to a recent study, led by Evan Forman, PhD, a psychology professor in Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences, a first-of-its-kind smartphone app called OnTrack can predict ahead of time when users are likely to lapse in their weight loss plan and help them stay on track.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Drexel Faculty and Students Present at the Annual ESS Meeting

      March 25, 2019

      The Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Annual Meeting was held in Boston, MA from March 14-17, 2019. ESS was founded in 1930 to support sociological research in the northeast United States, and has about 1,200 members. Drexel faculty and students participated in the conference, making critical contributions to global health, medical education, race and clinical medicine, social theory and urban sociology.

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    • Tamilokus

      New Species Announced at the Academy: 445 Days in Rewind

      March 22, 2019

      The continued discovery and documentation of new species shows life on Earth can still surprise us – and it’s clear that conservation and proper cohabitation of this world is increasingly important. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University helped discover and recently published a few new slimy, shelled and fossilized species within the past 445 days, and each instance serves as a reminder of just how important biodiversity is.

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    • Stefanie Kroll

      Protecting Bioko's Biodiversity

      March 21, 2019

      My first few days are spent in the capital, Malabo, at the Study Abroad house with the Drexel University students, Mary Katherine “Katy” Gonder, PhD, director of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, David Montgomery, BBPP national manager, and their truly dedicated staff. About two-thirds into the academic quarter, everyone seems just as busy and lively as I imagine they were in week one, which speaks to the value and importance of their conservation and education work on this tropical island.

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    • Portrait photo of Kenneth Frazier

      Merck Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier to Speak at Drexel’s 2019 Commencement

      March 11, 2019

      Merck & Co., Inc. Chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier will address the class of 2019 at Drexel’s University-wide commencement ceremony on June 14. In what has become a Drexel tradition, the University will once again hold its University-wide ceremony at Citizens Bank Park. Frazier’s contributions in the business, legal and humanitarian fields are especially notable.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Welcoming New Associate Deans in the College

      March 11, 2019

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of two new associate deans in graduate education and research.

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    • Norma Bouchard, PhD, is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, where she is also a professor of European studies. 

      Norma Bouchard Appointed Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

      March 06, 2019

      Norma Bouchard, PhD, who is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, will become the next dean of Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Rebecca Clothey, PhD, in Xinjiang with typical Uyghur snacks

      Q&A on Uyghur Relations with Drexel’s New Director of Global Studies

      March 05, 2019

      After 10 years in Drexel University’s School of Education, Rebecca Clothey, PhD, begins her tenure as the new director of the College’s Global Studies program this month. For the past decade, she has conducted research on education issues related to the Uyghur (Uighur) people — a population making international headlines for reported human-rights violations against them in China, including mass detention in “re-education camps,” surveillance, and physical and psychological violence.

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    • A lagoon in Baja California, Mexico

      Research Update: CoAS Professors with Fulbright Awards

      March 05, 2019

      We caught up with professors in the College of Arts and Sciences who recently won awards through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. From Mexico to Montpellier, these four profs are taking their research and teaching abroad.

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    • Kolkata, India - Drexel CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destination

      Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 10 CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destinations

      March 05, 2019

      Sure, you could complete your whole degree in Philadelphia, but why not take advantage of Drexel opportunities around the globe? With gorgeous photos, insider tips and stories from international locales, 10 College of Arts and Sciences students share the best place their major has taken them.

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    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Student Work-Study Opportunities

      March 05, 2019

      Looking for an on-campus job this fall? Apply for a work-study position with one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ departments or centers!

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      March 05, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Drexel University’s Liberty Scholars program has awarded more than $76 million in full-tuition scholarships to more than 400 low-income graduates from Philadelphia high schools.

      The Life of a Liberty Scholar

      March 04, 2019

      Since 2010, Drexel University’s Liberty Scholars program has awarded more than $76 million in full-tuition scholarships to more than 400 low-income graduates from Philadelphia high schools. But supporting these students through graduation takes more — and means more — than what money can buy. 

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    • 9 Empowerment Tips for Drexel Students

      9 Empowerment Tips for Drexel Students

      March 04, 2019

      Female deans from Drexel University will soon gather to discuss professional and emotional empowerment at the Dean’s Panel during the Women’s Empowerment Summit hosted by the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. In advance, DrexelNow asked them each to share their one key empowerment tip for students.

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  • February

    • Layered lava flows from the Bushe and Poladpur Formations near the village of Tail Baila. Image credit, Courtney Sprain.

      Did an Asteroid Cancel Dinosaurs? The Truth is in the Lava

      February 26, 2019

      About sixty-six million years ago a planet-wide catastrophe brought the non-avian dinosaurs to their demise, and the end of the Cretaceous period was marked by a mass extinction of its fauna and flora. New data, published in the journal Science, says it’s possible that intense volcanic eruptions in India coincided with the worldwide extinction – ultimately cementing the fate of the massive reptiles.  


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    • Installation Shot, The Pearlstein Gallery, by Joelle Dietrick

      The Speed of Thinking Exhibition and Panel

      February 18, 2019

      The Center for Mobilities Research & Policy co-organized a panel discussion on February 13th, 2019 in association with the Pearlstein Gallery’s exhibition The Speed of Thinking.

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    • Ocean, beach and sky by Rosie Oakes

      How Fast Are the Oceans Warming?

      February 15, 2019

      The greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere make our planet habitable, taking it from an average global temperature of -18 degrees C (zero degrees F) to a balmy 15 degrees C (60 degrees F). Current human activities, such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation, are increasing the concentration of these greenhouse gases, increasing the amount of the sun’s energy that is getting trapped.

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    • Maps of resting-state electrical brain activity, shown as a top view of the head.

      What Makes Some People Creative Thinkers and Others Analytical?

      February 13, 2019

      A new brain-imaging study from Drexel University's Creativity Research Lab reveals that the different "cognitive styles" of creative and analytical thinkers are due to fundamental differences in their brain activity that can be observed even when people are not working on a problem.

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    • Justus Martin Stillman College

      A Tale of Two Colleges: Drexel and Stillman Act on Memorandum of Understanding

      February 13, 2019

      Drexel University and Stillman College, a historically black university based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2018 which created unique opportunities for students from both schools — and expansion plans are already underway.

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    • Open Textbook Library logo

      New Access to Open-Licensed Materials Could Make a Difference for Students

      February 05, 2019

      Drexel faculty now have greater access to open-licensed textbooks — and are already starting to implement them in the classroom.

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    • Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Graduation

      Why Consider Graduate School?

      February 05, 2019

      When it comes to life after graduation, there are many exciting decisions to consider, from choosing where to put down roots, to applying for jobs and determining if graduate or professional school is right for you.

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    • Woman tying shoes in exercise clothes

      Can a 6-hour Program Prevent Obesity? Drexel Psychologist Wants to Find Out

      February 05, 2019

      What if an hour a week for six weeks could prevent young adults from becoming obese? Meghan Butryn, PhD, a Drexel University psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, is trying to find out.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      February 04, 2019

      We are proud to recognize the recent presentations, publications, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Man at desk with paper airplane

      How to be More Creative at Work

      February 04, 2019

      Research by cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists reveals that a vacation could do the trick according to Drexel Psychology professor John Kounios, PhD

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    • The Triangle staff.

      Triangle in Trouble: Drexel’s Independent Newspaper Calls on Students in Fundraising Campaign

      February 04, 2019

      Drexel University’s student newspaper, The Triangle, announced that it no longer could afford printing costs, and is looking to students and the Drexel community for support.

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    • The Commander's Dilemma book cover by Drexel Professor Amelia Hoover Green

      "The Commander's Dilemma": Q&A on Wartime Violence

      February 01, 2019

      Why do some military groups commit many types of violence, whereas others carefully control violence against citizens? In her new book “The Commander’s Dilemma: Violence and Restraint in Wartime,” Cornell University Press, Assistant Professor of Politics Amelia Hoover Green, PhD — whose research focuses on conflict-related violence, intra-armed groups and human rights — argues that restraint occurs when fighters understand why they are fighting. That is, when commanders invest in political education.

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    • Drexel Psychology professor Megan Meyer

      Meet Psychology Prof Megan Meyer

      February 01, 2019

      For Megan L. Meyer, PhD, assistant teaching professor of psychology, student learning transcends the classroom with annual Habitat for Humanity trips and a pedagogy focused on "connections over content."

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    • Terry Gross

      Apply Now: Student Master Class with NPR’s Terry Gross

      February 01, 2019

      Before she delivers the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture on April 10, join us for a special master class with Terry Gross, host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio program “Fresh Air.” Apply now to be one of only 10 CoAS students who will meet and learn from National Public Radio’s foremost interviewer.

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    • Student Organization - Drexel University Mock Trial Association

      Student Organization Q&A: Drexel Mock Trial Association

      February 01, 2019

      We caught up with Talha Mukhtar, a philosophy and political science major, to chat about his experiences with the Drexel Undergraduate Mock Trial Association. Mukhtar is a senior and the current president of DUMT.

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    • Shana Joseph, Drexel Communication Student and Intern at Philadelphia Fox 29

      Communication Major Shares Tips for Success after Working at Fox 29

      February 01, 2019

      I was told that work experience and networking would be two of the best things that I could do for myself while in college. In addition to my schoolwork, extracurriculars, and two co-ops, I decided to complete an internship for credit in my third final year at Drexel. I landed an amazing opportunity at Fox 29 studios in Philadelphia, working on one of their entertainment television shows called "The Q."

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  • January

    • Shahmar Beasley - Drexel Political Science Student

      Rising Leaders: Shahmar Beasley

      January 25, 2019

      Shahmar Beasley is a community leader in the truest sense. His internship experience — with two Pennsylvania state representatives, a Philadelphia judge and a criminal defense attorney — is matched only by his civic engagement. Between fundraising for underserved communities and studying for the LSAT exam, he also organized the Thomas R. Kline School of Law’s first District Attorney candidates debate as the past president of Drexel Democrats.

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    • Kiana Williams - Drexel Chemistry Student

      Rising Leaders: Kiana Williams

      January 25, 2019

      Kiana Williams has conducted research on cancer-causing enzyme misregulation, engaged patients in programming at a children’s hospital, and cared for infants with severe medical conditions. A mentor to underprivileged middle school students, Williams is a strong believer in inspiring people to work together — a motivation that underlies her goal of becoming a medical doctor.

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    • Sumita Gangwani, Environmental Studies, Drexel University

      Rising Leaders: Sumita Gangwani

      January 25, 2019

      Sumita Gangwani has taken her passion for sustainability into diverse roles — studying green energy in Iceland, researching the politics of energy development in Philadelphia, and influencing sustainable retail policies on co-op in Washington, D.C. As an on-campus leader, she has advocated for Drexel to remain committed to its environmental initiatives and has helped empower new Dragons as a student ambassador and mentor.

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    • Anthony Perez - Drexel Global Studies Student

      Rising Leaders: Anthony Perez

      January 25, 2019

      Anthony Perez is an advocate for underserved populations. He’s written grants for nonprofit funding, worked as a human rights intern in Argentina, and helped raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. At his most recent co-op, he assisted immigrants and asylum seekers in attaining permanent residency and public benefits in the U.S.

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    • Sara Aykit - Drexel English Student

      Rising Leaders: Sara Aykit

      January 25, 2019

      Sara Aykit has harnessed the power of storytelling to celebrate diversity and the common experiences that unite us. A Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, she has attended writing workshops in Ireland and served as a memory writer for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Her focus on community building has led her to become a student advocate with Drexel’s Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion and to assist with refugee resettlement while on co-op at the nonprofit Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania.

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    • Maggie Deptola - Drexel Global Studies

      Follow My Lead: Maggie Deptola

      January 24, 2019

      A drive to address economic inequalities — and a less-than- engaging high school experience — led Maggie Deptola to Coded by Kids, a local nonprofit that aspires to make technology education accessible to all middle and high school students. Her work caught the eye of professional networking giant LinkedIn, which featured Deptola in its #InItTogether campaign. Her likeness has since been featured on billboards throughout Philadelphia and even in a commercial that aired during the 2018 Winter Olympics — a fitting nod to her Olympian determination to transform education.

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    • Amber Racine, Esq. - Drexel History Politics

      Follow My Lead: Amber Racine, Esq.

      January 24, 2019

      Stumbling upon personal injury law during her co-op as a history and politics student and A.J. Drexel Scholar at Drexel, Amber Racine has since become a rising star of the field. Her accolades range from “Lawyer on the Fast Track” from The Legal Intelligencer to being named chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors for 2019. Her successes aside, Racine is most grateful for the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.

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    • Anthony DeSimone, PhD - Drexel Physics

      Follow My Lead: Anthony DeSimone, PhD

      January 24, 2019

      No matter the day or season, Anthony DeSimone’s mornings start the same: a 4 a.m. wakeup and quick email check, followed by a one- to three-hour run. The discipline required to maintain these morning rituals weaves its way through every aspect of DeSimone’s life, allowing him to tackle the pressures of leading more than 2,000 engineers and a unit that brings in $5 billion in revenue annually.

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    • Nicholas Barber

      Follow My Lead: Nicholas Barber

      January 24, 2019

      For recent alumnus Nicholas Barber, science doesn’t end with discovery. A good scientist, he believes, uses research to inform policy, improve communities and mitigate harm to our planet. After five years at Drexel University — a journey brimming with awards, mentorship experiences and research — Barber is now studying earth science on a full scholarship at the University of Cambridge as the second Gates Cambridge scholar in Drexel history.

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    • Ekwoge Abwe, PhD - Drexel Biological Sciences Student

      Follow My Lead: Ekwoge Abwe, PhD

      January 24, 2019

      Ekwoge Abwe has a gift for rallying others to the cause of conservation. From hunters to farmers to local community members, he has worked for two decades to empower the citizens of Cameroon to protect the country’s fragile ecosystems and its numerous endangered and endemic species.

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    • Madelyn Caltabiano, PhD

      Follow My Lead: Madelyn Caltabiano, PhD

      January 24, 2019

      For 37 years, Lyn Caltabiano has been a leader in the field of pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) at two of the top pharma companies in the world — GlaxoSmithKline and Merck & Co. From leading operations for GSK’s early phase clinical development and oncology R&D to strengthening project and alliance management at Merck, she has sought one challenge after the next, never allowing herself to get too comfortable.

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    • Scientists walking across a glacier

      Antarctic Paleontological Expedition: Week 7

      January 22, 2019

      Windy days at our Deception Glacier camp made for challenging working conditions, but nonetheless we got some good work done to wrap up our field season.

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    • Ted Daeschler Mountain 220

      Striking It With Fossil Trove: Week Six

      January 14, 2019

      Weather this week has been clear but cold and windy. We’ve explored about 10 miles from camp around Alligator Peak, with some good finds of dense bone beds of Devonian fish remains.

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    • Faculty Highlights

      Faculty Highlights: Grants and Awards From Fall 2018

      January 11, 2019

      This update reflects the sponsored research and major gifts, honors and recognition that were recently received by faculty at Drexel University.

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    • Mona Elgohail

      Psychology PhD Candidate named 2018 Muslim Mental Health Policy Advocate

      January 09, 2019

      Mona Elgohail, a clinical psychology PhD candidate mentored by Pamela Geller, PhD, has been named Muslim Mental Health Policy Advocate of 2018 for her research and advocacy around mental health wellness, particularly in the area of fertility and infertility, by the University of Southern California's Center for Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology. She will be receiving this award at their annual conference in February of 2019.

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    • Snowmobile Training 220

      Finding Fossil Fish in Antarctica: Week 5

      January 07, 2019

      Week 5 in Antarctica started with clear skies but strong winds creating dangerous wind chills. Winds dropped to more normal levels after a couple of days, and we’ve gotten several good workdays on the rock outcrops.

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    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Spring Courses

      January 04, 2019

      Explore celebrity philanthropy and activism, identify birds in local parks and reserves, and examine the media’s portrayal of environmental issues in these new and noteworthy spring courses.

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    • Foundation and Corporate Relations

      Support and Resources for Drexel Faculty and Administrators Seeking External Funding

      January 04, 2019

      Drexel’s Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations (FCR) builds strong partnerships with private and corporate foundations that grow Drexel's teaching, research and civic engagement initiatives. FCR offers a wide range of support and resources for Drexel faculty and administrators seeking external funding for their academic research and programs.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      January 03, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Yih Chia Lam and Sean McClellan

      Student Organization Spotlight: The Criminal Justice Society

      January 03, 2019

      Learn about Drexel’s Criminal Justice Society — and how you can get involved — from two criminology and justice studies majors: Sean McClellan ’21, president of the society, and Yih-Chia Lam ’19.

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    • Kathryn Vadell, EdD

      CoAS Appoints Director of Online Education

      January 03, 2019

      In her new role, Vadell will collaborate with faculty, College leadership and Drexel University Online to shape and support a vision for curricular and faculty development, as well as student success, in the College’s technology-enhanced pedagogy.

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    • Jon “Jack” Santucci, PhD

      Meet Politics Prof Jack Santucci

      January 03, 2019

      Assistant Teaching Professor of Politics Jon “Jack” Santucci, PhD, has studied proportional represenation and attitudes toward the electoral process, and encourages his students to dig deeper into political narratives.

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    • John Medaglia

      John Medaglia Named as APS Rising Star

      January 03, 2019

      The Association for Psychological Science (APS) has named John Medaglia as an APS Rising Star. This designation is presented to outstanding APS members who are in the earliest stages of their research career.

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