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Saturday, April 11, 2015

2 UI profs awarded Guggenheim fellowships

Two University of Illinois faculty members have won prestigious Guggenheim fellowships for "prior achievement and exceptional promise."
 

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 2015 fellowships to Wendy K. Tam Cho, left, a professor of political science and of statistics, and Philip W. Phillips, a professor of physics, at the University of Illinois. 
Photo: Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 2015 fellowships to Wendy K. Tam Cho, a professor of political science and of statistics, and Philip W. Phillips, a professor of physics.

Cho and Phillips are among 175 fellows chosen from a group of more than 3,100 applying scholars, artists and scientists.

Cho uses statistical and computational models to look for ways to advance social science. She is a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications...

On his UI web page, Phillips is described as "a theoretical condensed matter physicist who has an international reputation for his work on transport in disordered and strongly correlated low-dimensional systems. He is the inventor of various models for Bose metals, Mottness, and the random dimer model, which exhibits extended states in one dimension, thereby representing an exception to the localization theorem of Anderson's.
"His research focuses sharply on explaining current experimental observations that challenge the standard paradigms of electron transport and magnetism in solid state physics."

Phillips earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1982. He worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty at Illinois in 1993.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.
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Source: Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette


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