Satindar Mohan Bhagat Creator of Zero-Rupee Note

Satindar Mohan Bhagat was mentioned in the Economist Magazine January 28 and several other publications this past week. Professor Bhagat created the zero-rupee note, in 2001, to fight petty corruption in India.

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Rabindra Mohapatra Named Outstanding Referee

Rabi Mohapatra is among the 157 Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2010.

Initiated in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program expresses appreciation for the essential work that anonymous peer reviewers do for our journals. Each year a small percentage of our 42,000 referees are selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. Selections are made based on the number, quality, and timeliness of referee reports as collected in a database over the last 20 years. The program will recognize about 150 referees each year, although larger groups were selected in 2008 and 2009.

A full listing and further details on the program are available here:
http://publish.aps.org/OutstandingReferees

Ki-Yong Kim Receives DOE Grant

Ki-Yong Kim was one of 69 scientists from across the nation selected to receive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as part of DOE's new Early Career Research Program. Awardees were selected from a pool of 1,750 university and national laboratory-based applicants. Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts.

Professor Kim's project is titled, “Generation, Imaging, and Control of Ultrafast Electrical Currents and Radiation.”

For more information, visit: http://www.energy.gov/news2009/8525.htm

UM Gets $10.3 Million in Stimulus Funds for Advanced Quantum Lab

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland has been awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to build an advanced quantum science lab.

The grant is part of a $123 million nationwide series of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to support the construction of new scientific research facilities at 11 universities and one non-profit research organization.

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