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COE adds two to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Materials science and engineering Professor Max Lagally and civil and environmental engineering Professor Kenneth Potter are among four members of the UW-Madison faculty recently named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a distinction accorded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in science and engineering.

Lagally, Irwin W. Mueller Professor and Bascom Professor of Surface Science, was recognized for his groundbreaking studies of atomistic mechanisms of thin film growth and the thermodynamics and kinetics of surfaces. His research group is comprised from varied scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and electrical engineering.

Photo of Electron microscope.
A new low-energy electron microscope (LEEM) -- one of only a few in the world -- is helping Professor Max G. Lagally's research group expand basic atomic knowledge.

Some are attempting to gain a first-principles understanding of the properties of semiconductor surfaces and thin films with emphasis on the materials' growth mechanisms. The focus is on Si(001), SiGe alloys on Si, and GaN.

Other members explore the properties of magnetic thin films and multilayers using the UW's synchrotron.

Still others in Lagally's group work on design and implementation of new instrumentation for nanoscale characterization of surfaces on film growth, nanotubes, or in new areas such as DNA arrays and DNA computation.

The group conducts a multitude of experimentation in both established and completely new areas of science.

AAAS cited Professor Ken Potter for fundamental contributions to understanding catchment hydrology, especially as it relates to extreme flooding events, and for exemplary scientific leadership.

Potter's research group focuses on providing a technical basis for the sustainable use of aquatic resources and for the restoration of degraded aquatic resources. The work is strongly interdisciplinary, involving faculty and students from the earth, life and social sciences as well as from engineering. Research methods include the use of field measurements and hydrologic modeling.

Urbanization group
Kenneth Potter and his interdisciplinary research team are studying Madison's Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

The north fork of Pheasant Branch Conservancy near Madison is one example. The watershed makes an ideal subject for an interdisciplinary research effort aimed at filling critical knowledge gaps and developing analytical and modeling tools that will minimize hydrologic and ecological effects of urbanization. Potter and Center for Limnology Researcher Richard Lathrop are co-principal investigators on the study which includes scientists from UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

As a natural extension of that work, Potter recently recruited key local officials and watershed experts to speak at a forum on important issues raised by the floods of 2000.

Also honored by AAAS were Francis P. Bretherton and Donald R. Johnson.

Francis Bretherton, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and the former director of UW-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center, was recognized for a long and distinguished career in research, education and administration, and for the application of satellite data to climate studies.

Donald Johnson, an emeritus professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, was cited for outstanding teaching and research on atmospheric energetics and modeling as well as for extensively public service in meteorology.

The four UW-Madison professors were among 251 scientists and engineers from around the country cited for their work. Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world's largest federation of scientists and works to advance science in the public interest.