Fewer than one-half of one percent
of the members of the American Physical Society receive recognition as a
Fellow, but Fermilab scientists Mike Syphers of the Accelerator Division,
Bob Tschirhart of the Computing Division, Arlene Lennox of the Accelerator
Division, Bob Bernstein of the Particle Physics Division, Peter Cooper of
the Computing Division and Victor Yarba of the Technical Division have earned
that honor for 2004.
Currently, the APS has about 40,000
members overall, of which 205 have received the Fellow award this past year.
However, Fermilab employees were 3 of the 17 new Fellows associated with
the APS Division of Particles and Fields, 2 of the 7 with the Division of
Physics of Beams, and 1 of the 3 in the APS General category.
"The APS Fellowship is a mark of prestige in our field that's recognized across
all the fields of physics, not just high energy physics," said Fermilab Director
Mike Witherell, who was in charge of Fermilab's nominations. "Fermilab physicists
receive a good fraction of the Fellowships in the areas of particle physics
and accelerator physics. This shows that Fermilab is competing well and
attracting some of the best physicists in these areas, and we need that talent
to stay at the top of our field."
"After Fermilab's nominations, the physicists must be approved by a series of
APS committees in order to receive the Fellow award," said Roy Rubinstein,
Fermilab Assistant Director and Chair of the Fermilab Awards Committee
(which makes recommendations to the Director). In determining who receives
the award, the APS considers scientists' contributions to original research,
or the application of physics to science and technology in their respective
fields over the past year.
Witherell said that it was not difficult to find excellent candidates here.
"We look at the people who don't already have APS Fellowships, and find
several names that lead us to ask, 'how could they not have an APS
Fellowship already?' We nominate these, and although not everyone we
nominate receives one the first year, the rest are very likely to get
it the next year."