Faculty Member Receives Raubenheimer Award

Assistant Professor Stephan Haas has been selected to receive the 2000 - 2001 USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences prestigious Junior Raubenheimer Award.

The Raubenheimer Award was named in honor of the late Alfred S. Raubenheimer, former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Liberal Arts. It was established in 1980 by the President's Circle and is presented annually to exceptional senior faculty members within each of the College's three disciplines (humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences) for outstanding contributions in teaching, research, and service. Only one junior faculty member from all three disciplines is selected annually. In the past, the Raubenheimer Award has gone to several of our faculty, including current Department Chair Tu-nan Chang, Nick Warner, William Spitzer and Peter Lambropoulos and Gene Bickers (Junior Award).

Since his arrival in 1998, Stephan has become an integral member of the department. He is an enthusiastic and innovative instructor. Comments from his Physics 100 students are outstanding. They include; "I think that Stephan Haas is the best teacher I've had at this school. He is incredibly enthusiastic and fun in his method of teaching. He has a way of explaining course material in a clear, understandable way, while grabbing and keeping each students attention through his humor and hands-on demonstrations." "You are such an awesome professor and person. I was fortunate to be in your class." "Professor Haas is brilliant. He really explained concepts very well. He is funny and courteous and I think he is a great professor."

Stephan is engaged in theoretical research on the physics of strongly correlated electrons in solids. Recently his interest has focused on microscopic modeling and phenomenology of the high-temperature superconductors, in particular the analysis of dynamical spectra and phase diagrams. He is also using a range of numerical approaches to study low-dimensional antiferromagnets, spin ladders, spin-Peierls systems, and other quantum magnets. Moreover, his research extends to disordered quantum systems, including segmentation and random exchange interactions in anitferromagnets, dirty superconductors, and systems with impurity-induced spin and charge textures. He is a member of our Condensed Matter Physics group which is currently investigating a range of topics, including the superfluidity of 3He, electron transport at low temperatures, two-dimensional inversion layers in semiconductors, semiconductor physics and semiconductor device properties at low temperatures, magnetism at ultralow temperatures, electromagnetic properties of superconductors, and physics of nanoclusters. For more information on Dr. Haas and his research, please visit his web page at http://physics.usc.edu/~shaas/.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy joins USC in congratulating Dr. Haas. His enthusiasm, creativity and skill have added much to the department's prestige.

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