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Chialvo Named Fellow of the American Physical Society

January 22, 2008
CHICAGO --- Dante R. Chialvo, M.D., research associate professor of physiology in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Chialvo was honored for advancing the understanding of physiological mechanisms using the methods of nonlinear dynamics, in particular of the bifurcations leading to cardiac sudden death and the constructive role of noise in neural coding of information.

With an interest in universal patterns of organization of complex systems in nature, Chialvo's previous work includes the mathematical modeling of cardiac arrhythmias, study of molecular motors as stochastic ratchets, cooperative role of nonlinearities and noise in neural coding, self-organization and collective phenomena in ants swarms, brains and communities of agents.

Chialvo received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in 2005 and a Young Investigator Award from the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology in 1989. He has published more than 50 scientific papers, all dedicated to understanding natural phenomena from the point of view of nonlinear dynamics of complex systems.

The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society.

Chialvo also serves as research physiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and West Los Angeles Veterans Administrations Medical Center.

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