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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 Energys
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 masters
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.