Bulbul Chakraborty named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

 Bulbul ChakrabortyPhoto/Mike Lovett
Brandeis physicist Bulbul Chakraborty has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.
Chakraborty, the Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics and head of the Division of Science, received the prestigious recognition for important theoretical contributions to diverse areas of condensed matter physics, particularly disordered systems including frustrated magnets and granular materials.
The association selects fellows for meritorious contribution to the advancement of science. This year's class of 489 was announced Nov. 24.
"I am truly honored to receive this recognition," Chakraborty said. "I would like to express my deep gratitude to the many students, postdocs, and colleagues spread across the globe who have shaped and sustained my work over decades, especially when my scientific thinking has veered from the beaten path."
Chakraborty's current research focuses on collections of macroscopic particles in nature and their emergent properties, from sand dunes and rocky landscapes to coffee grinds and rice grains. Her sophisticated theoretical models explain how sand behaves when pressed underfoot or why one can run on “oobleck”. Her approach, rooted in fundamental principles of physics, has pioneered new ways to tackle more traditional problems in statistical mechanics and condensed matter physics. She has been a member of the Brandeis faculty since 1989.
Members of the AAAS can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous association members for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. The honor comes with the expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.
Newly-inducted fellows are typically presented with a certificate and a rosette. Chakraborty and the other new fellows will be recognized in a virtual event in the near future.

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