Four faculty members from the Physics department have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science:
Lars Bildsten for distinguished contributions to theoretical astrophysics, including new insights that have advanced the understanding of neutron stars and of supernovae.
Alan Heeger for his contributions in the discovery and development of conductive polymers.
Philip Pincus for distinguished contributions to the theory of soft condensed matter physics.
Robert Sugar for distinguished contributions to theoretical particle physics, especially for seminal advances in computing particle properties in quantum chromodynamics.
These four were part of a cohort of eight new fellows from UCSB. According to Mike Witherell, Vice Chancellor for Research, "AAAS is the largest and broadest scientific society in the world, and every year we are one of the leading universities in the number of new AAAS fellowships. That says a great deal about our place in the world of science."