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Dec 15, 2008    #116
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American Physical Society Honors UMKC Professor for ResearchWai-Yim Ching's research could advance space exploration, energy science and more

At its November meeting, the American Physical Society (APS) elected University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Curators’ Professor Wai-Yim Ching to its Fellowship Society – an honor bestowed to only the top half of 1 percent of its members. With more than 45,000 members, the College Park, Md.-based American Physical Society is the second-largest organization of physicists.

According to the APS citation, Ching was elected a Fellow for his “contributions to the theory and methods of electronic structure and spectroscopic properties of materials, especially in complex ceramic crystals and their microstructures including grain boundaries, interfaces and defects.”

Ching’s research focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics, where he has been a leader in the theory of electronic, magnetic, optical, vibrational and structural properties of complicated materials. He has published more than 340 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has maintained an externally-funded research group for more than 29 years.

“This fundamental research can mean a lot to people,” Ching said. “Advanced materials, including ceramics are important to technological developments, such as space exploration, microelectronics, biomaterials for human health, materials for energy science and many more.”

Michael Kruger, professor and chair of the Department of Physics at UMKC said he has met few people with Ching’s dedication to physics and students.

“He works incredible hours in order to advance science and train the next generation of physicists,” Kruger said. “Becoming a Fellow of the American Physical Society is not just a national honor, but rather demonstrates international prominence.”

For more information about the American Physical Society, visit www.aps.org.

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