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Kalogera Receives Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award

November 8, 2007 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Vicky Kalogera, associate professor of physics and astronomy in the Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has received the 2008 Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society (APS).

She is being recognized for her "fundamental contributions to the study of the evolution and fate of compact objects in binary systems, focusing on their observations via X-rays and on their importance for gravitational wave detectors."

The annual award, established in 1985, recognizes outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career and provides opportunities for her to share her achievements through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics 1963.

Kalogera's research interests are in the astrophysics of compact objects and, in particular, their formation and evolution in multiple stellar systems. She studies the physical properties of X-ray binaries, millisecond radio pulsars and double compact objects in our own and other galaxies and works on the theoretical interpretation of current observations of their electromagnetic emission and their anticipated gravitational radiation.

Kalogera's awards and honors include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the Cottrell Scholar Award, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Annie J. Cannon Award from the American Astronomical Society and the American Association of University Women.

Kalogera, who joined the Northwestern faculty in 2001, is an active member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration and serves on the LIGO Program Advisory Committee. The author of more than 100 publications, she is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the American Physical Society. Kalogera's research is supported by the NSF and NASA.