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UI's Yasar Onel awarded Van Allen Fellowship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Yasar Onel, professor of physics in the University
of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded the 1998-99 James Van
Allen Natural Science Fellowship.
Onel is a member of a group of UI and Iowa State University physicists
who are part of a $6 billion international project to construct the world's
largest atom smasher at the CERN particle physics laboratory on the French-Swiss
border by 2005. The ultimate goal of the project is to detect and study
the basic building blocks of matter, says Onel, who is the U.S. coordinator
for the forward calorimetry, or energy measurement, component.
The Van Allen Award, valued at about $15,000, is designed to encourage
and support scholarly work in the physical, natural, and mathematical sciences.
Onel says he will use his fellowship to study and design the energy measurement
device, more formally called the Quartz Fiber Forward Calorimetry for the
CMS Detector, for the atom smasher.
Onel received his doctorate from the University of London in 1975 .
Prior to joining the UI faculty in 1987, he served as a researcher and
instructor at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1975-78 and at
the University of Geneva, Switzerland, 1978-86. He was a visiting associate
professor at the University of Texas, Austin, 1986-87. He is the author
or co-author of more than 100 articles in scientific journals, a member
of the European Physical Society and the American Physical Society and
has received UI Old Gold Fellowships in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
The Van Allen Fellowship is one of two UI faculty fellowships currently
being awarded in alternate years, the other being the May Brodbeck Humanities
Fellowship. Previous Van Allen Fellowship recipients and their academic
departments are: 1996-97, Amitava Bhattacharjee, physics and astronomy;
1994-95, Edward A. Wasserman, psychology; 1992-93, Christoph Goertz, physics
and astronomy (awarded posthumously); 1991-92, Florian A. Potra, mathematics;
1990-91, Oguz C. Durumeric, mathematics; 1989-90, Hyeong In Choi, mathematics,
and David C. Manderscheid, mathematics; 1988-89, Daniel D. Anderson, mathematics;
and 1987-88, Walter I. Seaman, mathematics.