April 10, 2000
CN 3-231-00

Diana Vaman Awarded Scharff-Goldhaber Prize at Brookhaven Lab Ceremony

UPTON, NY - Diana Vaman, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has won the Scharff-Goldhaber Prize in Physics.

The Scharff-Goldhaber Prize, a $1,000 award given annually, was established to recognize substantial promise and accomplishment by a woman graduate student in physics who is enrolled at SUNY Stony Brook or who is performing her thesis research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Administered by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a not-for-profit organization at Brookhaven Lab that promotes the advancement of women in the scientific professions, the prize honors the late nuclear physicist Gertrude-Sharff-Goldhaber. In 1950, Scharff-Goldhaber became the first woman Ph.D. physicist appointed to the Brookhaven Lab staff, and, later, she became a founding member of BWIS.

Pictured are (from left, front): Julie Pergan, BWIS; Diana Vaman; Maurice Goldhaber, Scientist Emeritus at Brookhaven Lab and widower of Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber; Pam Mansfield, BWIS; (from left, rear) Alfred Goldhaber, Professor of Physics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, SUNY Stony Brook, and son of Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber; and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics, SUNY Stony Brook, and Vaman's advisor. In the background is a portrait of Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and
government personnel for basic and applied research in physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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