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Katherine Weimer
katherine weimerIn 2001, the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Executive Committee established the Katherine E. Weimer award to "recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in plasma science research by a woman physicist in the early years of her career."

Dr. Katherine E. Weimer was a pioneering research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. She made many important contributions in magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability theory for magnetically confined plasmas. Her obituary, written by John Johnson and John Greene, appeared in September 2001 in Physics Today. A list of her peer-reviewed journal publications may be found at Publications.

The Division of Plasma Physics has historically experienced significantly lower representation of women in its ranks compared to other divisions (7% vs. 11% in 2010). This award will play an important role in recognizing the contribution and potential of women in plasma science and will help to attract and retain women in this field.

Katherine E. Weimer Award for Women in Plasma Science

Purpose:
To recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in plasma science research by a woman physicist in the early years of her career. The award consists of $2,000, a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, and travel funds to the meeting where the award is to be presented. The recipient will be invited to give a talk at the Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting. The award is to be presented every three years beginning in 2002.

Establishment and Support:
The Plasma Science community and the APS Division of Plasma Physics established the award through joint sponsorship in 2001. It was named after Dr. Katherine E. Weimer, a pioneering woman physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Dr. Weimer made many important contributions to research advancements in magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and stability theory for magnetically confined plasmas.

Rules and Eligibility:
This award shall be presented to a woman plasma scientist during the early years of her career (not later than ten years after the granting of the Ph.D. degree) for scientific achievements that demonstrate her potential as an outstanding plasma physicist. The award is open to any female plasma scientist. The nominee's Ph.D. must have been received within the ten-year period prior to the nomination deadline. Nominations are active for one selection cycle (three years).

The standard APS Nomination Guidelines apply and may be found at this URL. (link to: http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/nomination.cfm) There is no provision for online submissions; however, electronic submissions may be emailed to the Award Committee members.

The Award endowment was funded with $15,000 from DPP and $15,000 of generous contributions from friends and colleagues of Katherine Weimer and includes contributions from discretionary funds of fusion/plasma science research laboratories.

Past Recipients
2002: Professor Yu Lin of Auburn University “For creative and significant contributions to theoretical and computational research in nonlinear physics in the boundary layers of space plasmas.
2005: Dr. Elena Belova of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory “For pioneering analytical and numerical contributions to the fundamental physics of magnetically confined plasmas.
2008: Dr. Lin Yin of Los Alamos National Laboratory “For major contributions to the understanding of instabilities and magnetic reconnection in space plasmas and of the physics of relativistic laser-plasma interactions through complex modeling.
2011: Dr. Yuan Ping of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “For pioneering experiments to explore the interaction of high-intensity laser light with matter, including the demonstration of amplification of ultrashort laser pulses by the resonant Raman scheme.
2014: TBA

Selection Committee:
Yu Lin, Chair,  Auburn University,  linyu01@auburn.edu
Carl Sovinec, Vice Chair,  University of Wisconsin,  csovinec@cae.wisc.edu
Lorin Matthews,  Baylor University,  lorin_matthews@baylor.edu
Richard Petrasso,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  petrasso@pfsc.mit.edu
Yuan Ping (2011 Recipient),  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  yuanping@alumni.princeton.edu