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UB Physicist Wins Serbia's Prestigious Marko Jaric Award

Release Date: August 31, 2012

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Dejan Stojkovic, University at Buffalo associate professor of physics, has received the Marko Jaric Award, a prestigious scientific prize granted to researchers of Serbian origin.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dejan Stojkovic, an associate professor of physics at the University at Buffalo, has received the Marko Jaric Award, recognized as one of the most prestigious scientific prizes granted to researchers of Serbian origin.

The award is presented annually in memory of Marko Jaric, a renowned Serbian physicist who worked and lived in the United States. Following his death in 1997, his family and institutions -- including the University of Belgrade, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Serbian Unity Congress -- helped establish the prize.

Stojkovic, a theoretical physicist, received the award on March 16 from the Serbian minister of science at a ceremony at the Rectorat of the University of Belgrade.

As part of the event, Stojkovic explained his research to an audience that included renowned scientists, educators, politicians and journalists. He also delivered several scientific and popular talks at major universities in the region during his visit to Serbia.

Stojkovic joined UB in 2007 after serving as a visiting faculty member at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his PhD there in 2001, and also holds a master's and bachelor's of science in physics from the University of Belgrade.

His research interests include cosmology, general relativity, particle physics, field theory, extra dimensions, brane-world models and phenomenology beyond the Standard Model. In selecting him to receive the Marko Jaric Award, the committee cited Stojkovic's work on higher dimensional black holes.

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