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Staggs wins American Physical Society award

Suzanne Staggs , associate professor of physics at Princeton, has been named the winner of the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society.

The award is intended to recognize and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Goeppert-Mayer, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963.

The award citation commended Staggs "for her original and lasting contributions to experimental cosmology, in particular in the area of cosmic microwave background studies, and for leadership in multi-institutional collaborations to measure CMB anisotropy."

The study of cosmic microwave background provides scientists with insights into the first moments of the big bang as well as information about how the background radiation was subtly altered as the universe evolved.

Staggs, who joined the faculty in 1996, earned her Ph.D. from Princeton in 1993.

The award consists of a cash prize plus a travel allowance to provide opportunities for Staggs to give lectures at four institutions and at the meeting of the society at which the award is bestowed.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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