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American Physical Society Names Two UB Physicists Fellows

Release Date: December 24, 2008

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Surajit Sen was honored for his work with solitary waves and for helping to improve rural science education in India.

Ulrich Baur was honored for his work in electroweak physics.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Ulrich Baur, Ph.D., and Surajit Sen, Ph.D., both University at Buffalo professors of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, have been named Fellows by the American Physical Society.

Baur was cited for his contributions to precision electroweak physics, especially the phenomenology of electroweak gauge bosons at hadron colliders.

Sen was cited for his discovery of how solitary waves break and secondary solitary waves form in granular media, as well as his leadership in organizing forums to represent and recognize physicists from India and for raising consciousness about the problems and the importance of rural science education in India and the developing world.

A UB faculty member since 1995, Baur works on theoretical high energy physics. Since 1996, he has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation and has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers. He is one of the founders of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) Theory Initiative, designed to encourage graduate study in theoretical particle physics.

Baur earned his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics. He has held positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Center, at CERN, the European Laboratory for High Energy Physics in Geneva, and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Florida State University, Tallahassee. He also was a Superconducting Supercollider Fellow.

Baur lives in Williamsville.

A UB faculty member since 1994, Sen has worked mostly on energy propagation and absorption properties in granular materials such as sand and ball bearings. He is an expert on solitary waves in granular systems and has pursued applications of energy propagation in problems such as the acoustic detection of land mines, designing scalable shock absorption systems and modeling land battles. Sen's research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army Research Office. He also works on developing science educational materials for rural middle-school children in developing nations.

Sen's honors include a Theoretical Physics Seminar Circuit Lectureship of the Government of India and the State University of New York Chancellor's First Patent Award. He also was named one of the top 100 innovators of Western New York.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia and has held positions at the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University.

He lives in Williamsville.

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