UO theoretical chemist Marina Guenza named a 2011 APS Fellow

Marina GuenzaEUGENE, Ore. -- (Dec. 1, 2011) -- University of Oregon chemistry professor Marina Guenza, whose theoretical explorations focus on the structure and dynamics of complex fluids, is among 238 scientists selected as 2011 Fellows by the American Physical Society.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in APS activities.

The Italian-born Guenza joined the UO faculty in 1998. She was named an APS Fellow "for significant contributions to the field of polymer physics through the development of theoretical methods to study macromolecular structure and dynamics."

Guenza earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1985 and 1989, respectively. Before coming to the UO she was a tenured researcher at the Italian National Council of Research, the CNR. During that time, she was a visiting scientist at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently is in a three-year term on the editorial advisory board of Macromolecules, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

At the UO, in addition to her faculty position in the Department of Chemistry, she is a member of the Institute of Theoretical Science, Materials Science Institute and Institute of Molecular Biology.

Each year since the APS was founded in 1899, members have selected no more than one half of one percent of their peers as Fellows.

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