WMU News

Berrah focuses on science in faculty scholar talk

Nov. 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Nora Berrah, WMU professor of physics and the University's 2000 Distinguished Faculty Scholar, will speak to the University community Thursday, Nov. 8.

"The Exciting World of Science" is the topic of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Colloquium that Berrah will present at 4 p.m. in 157 Bernhard Center. An atomic physicist who is leading an international "dream team" of scientists exploring atomic and molecular photoionization, Berrah received the University's highest faculty honor last winter. The award included a plaque, a $2,000 cash award, $2,000 added to her base salary and an opportunity to address the University community through a colloquium.

Berrah, who has been on the WMU faculty since 1991, is recognized as one of the world's leading atomic physicists. She has received nearly $3 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding for her research on the structure and dynamics of atoms and molecules. More than $1 million of that funding has been for Berrah's leadership of a team of international scientists who developed a sophisticated experimental research facility at the Advanced Light Source located at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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