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AAAS Honors Seven OSU Faculty with Rank of Fellow

Among the seven honorees are two from the Department of Physics:

Arthur J. Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of physics and chemistry and director of the Center for Materials Research. Epstein has invented plastics and devices that could one day replace metals in electronics and lead to light, flexible video screens and high-density computer memories. His extensive publications and patents are among the most cited in the field.

William F. Saam, professor and chair of physics. Saam pioneered modern ideas of how solids, liquids, and gases interact with each other -- leading to predictions of whether a liquid will form beads on a surface or spread evenly. As chair, Saam expanded departmental research to include new areas such as experimental biophysics and string theory, and hired a new Ohio Eminent Scholar.

With these new additions, Ohio State now has 61 AAAS Fellows among its faculty. AAAS members are elevated to the rank of Fellow because of their efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. AAAS represents the world's largest federation of scientists and works to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and publications. It conducts programs in the areas of science policy, science education and international scientific cooperation.

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