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Release: Oct. 19, 1999

UI physicist appointed to national advisory panel

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Usha Mallik, professor of physics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts department of physics and astronomy, has been appointed a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel by U.S. Secretary of Energy William Richardson for a three-year period beginning Oct. 1, 1999.

Panel members contribute to the national research effort by selecting research directions and setting priorities, by surveying the peer review process, and by advising the U.S. Department of Energy’s Director of Science, as well as the National Science Foundation, on particle physics research. Panel members are selected on the basis of contributions made to their scientific field as shown by research, publications in scientific journals, and other scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Mallik, whose research interests are in the field of experimental elementary particle physics, earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Calcutta in 1966 and her master of science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1968. She received a master’s degree and doctorate from the City College of New York in 1972 and 1978, respectively, before joining the UI faculty in 1988.

She currently is conducting research using the Stanford Linear Accelerator with $260,000 in annual base funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, to better understand the source of CP violation. Mallik says that understanding the source of CP violation means trying to learn why matter, rather than anti-matter, is overwhelmingly present in the universe, even though physicists theorize that the two forms of matter were present in equal amounts when the universe was created. One of the goals of particle physics is to discover the basic building blocks of matter.