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ChemE’s Judy Yang Named Microscopy Society of America Fellow

RESTON, Va. (February 27, 2018) … The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) will induct Judith Yang, professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, into its 2018 class of Fellows at its Annual Meeting in Baltimore from August 5-9, 2018.

The MSA recognizes fellows as the most distinguished members of the Society who have made contributions to the advancement of the fields of microscopy and microanalysis. Dr. Yang’s citation for fellowship reads:

For world leading research in gas-surface reactions, especially oxidation, and catalytic reactions using innovative in situ electron microscopy techniques.
“Election to MSA Fellowship is limited to a small fraction of Society members each year and is major recognition by Judy’s peers,” says Steven Little, chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. “Her expertise in electron microscopy pays tribute to an outstanding career and the world-class research regularly conducted at the Swanson School.”

Nominees for fellowship must have a minimum of 10 years of membership with MSA, and fellowship is determined by a nine-member committee representing both the biological sciences and the physical sciences. Fellows must demonstrate contributions to both science and service. The number of MSA members elected to Fellowship each year is restricted to no more than 0.5 percent of the total MSA membership, and fellows represent a broad cross-section of the MSA membership. 

About Dr. Yang

Dr. Yang received her bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California and her master’s degree and PhD from Cornell University. After graduation, she became a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany. She continued her post-doctoral research and became a visiting lecturer when she joined the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign. She joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1999 and has received numerous awards including the 2005 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award and fellowship with the American Physical Society.

About MSA
The Microscopy Society of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of techniques and applications of microscopy and microanalysis in all relevant scientific disciplines. It has provided leadership for the discovery and dissemination of information about microscopy and microanalysis since its founding in 1942. Currently, there are approximately 3000 members.


Author: Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

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