Spector Named Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Scholar – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Spector Named Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Scholar

HWS’ Supersymmetry expert will further his research with prestigious honor
(March 8, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Professor of Physics Donald Spector has been named a KITP Scholar by the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics. Spector is one of seven researchers nationally to received this honor, and he will hold the title for three years, through the end of 2007.

The Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP) in Santa Barbara, Calif., is one of the leading centers for theoretical physics in the world. The Institute established the KITP Scholar program to recognize outstanding research in theoretical physics by faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions. As a KITP Scholar, Spector will make several research visits to the Institute to further his own scholarly work.

During this period, Spector will continue his research on supersymmetry, which is believed to be one of the keys to obtaining a fundamental understanding of the forces of nature. In particular, he will further his study of the implications of combining magnetic-like quantities called central charges with supersymmetry. He will also probe the use of supersymmetry as a tool to determine the spectra associated with quantum mechanical systems.

Spector has been a member of the Colleges’ faculty since 1989. He served as department chair from 2001-2004, and has been the coordinator of the HWS engineering program for over a decade. His A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. are all from Harvard University. This current honor comes on the heels of his being named a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2004.