March 15, 2004
Awards and Honors
Belanger elected Fellow of American Physical
David Belanger, professor of physics, has been elected a Fellow of
the American Physical Society (APS), a major recognition of professional
accomplishment from the leading organization of physicists. Belanger's
research interests include phase transitions in magnetic systems. The
citation from the APS recognizes Belanger for "investigations of
critical behavior near phase transitions in pure, random, and frustrated
systems, and for the development of novel optical, neutron scattering,
and other techniques to measure such phenomena precisely."
The UCSC physics faculty now includes 16 APS Fellows (including emeriti
and adjunct faculty). Professor of physics Frank (Bud) Bridges was elected
in 2002. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the society's
membership are recognized by their peers with this honor.
Magazine picks UCSC as one of the top colleges
UCSC is ranked among the top 25 universities for Hispanic students
by Hispanic Magazine.com
in its 2004 survey, published in the March issue of the publication.
The campus was ranked 19th in the nation in its first appearance on
The magazine looks at schools whose student populations are at least
8 percent Hispanic. The rankings are based on academic reputation as
well as information about freshman retention rates, minority enrollments,
and graduation rates for Hispanic students. Data was drawn from the
colleges themselves, Hispanic scholarship organizations, and U.S.
News & World Reports annual special edition of Americas
University of California campuses on the list--in addition to UCSC--are
UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Davis. Stanford
University is ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row.
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