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Rowan Physics Professor named KITP Scholar

Dr. Hong Ling, professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Rowan University, has been named a 2013 – 2015 KITP Scholar by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. KITP is one of the most prestigious international institutes for theoretical physics research.

Ling is among a select group of only eight professors that are chosen each year from non-major research institutions nationwide. The award will support Ling's travels to California as a visiting researcher during his three-year appointment.

"The scholar program will provide me with the opportunity to interact and collaborate with physicists outside Rowan, attending seminars and meetings that will keep me abreast of the latest developments in the fields of my interest," said Dr. Ling. "It will also motivate me to continue pursuing my research, which helps me increase my ability to simplify classroom materials, benefiting all students attending my classes," he added.

Karen Magee-Sauer, chair of the physics and astronomy department said, "Dr. Ling is an extremely talented teacher.  Many of our best students do research with him and they go on to top graduate schools and find they are well prepared for success."   

Launched in 1979, KITP is the first scientific research facility where theorists in physics gather together to work on problems arising from investigations at the leading edge of science. Over the past thirty years it has become one of the most distinguished international centers for theoretical physics research.

Ling received his Ph. D. in physics from Drexel University. Ling joined Rowan University in 1992 and has since worked on a broad range of research covering quantum optics, atomic, molecular & optical physics, and condensed matter physics.  The National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office have jointly supported Ling's research program.