SSU Professor Named Woman Physicist of the Month

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Sonoma State University professor and chair of physics and astronomy Dr. Lynn Cominsky has been selected as the September 2012 Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) Woman Physicist of the Month.

"I am very happy to receive this honor, for which I was nominated by two SSU physics graduates," Cominsky said. "… I want to encourage all students to study physics - it's a great preparation for many different types of careers.".

CSWP was founded in 1972 to address the encouragement and career development of women physicists. The committee operates with American Physical Society (APS) and consists of nine volunteer members appointed by the APS president.

APS, through CSWP, is committed to encouraging the recruitment, retention, and career development of women physicists at all levels.

Recipients of this award should be female physicists who have had a significant impact on the lives of other individuals', both past and present, and/or someone who is worthy of acknowledgment. The two SSU physics graduates that nominated Cominsky felt that she had a positive impact on their lives and deserved recognition.

Cominsky joined the SSU faculty in 1986 and has been a professor of physics and astronomy since 1991. In 2004, she became the department chair of the physics and astronomy department and continues to teach classes on the subject.

Her field of expertise is in high-energy astrophysics and she possesses non-classified knowledge of nuclear weapons, arms control and weapons proliferation issues.

Cominsky has worked with many scientific organizations, such as the Particle Astrophysics group at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and at Stanford University and has held numerous positions in her professional career. Cominsky continues to be actively involved in her field and currently serves as chair of the California section of APS.

"Anyone interested in studying physics or astronomy should feel free to stop by and visit my NASA group on the third floor of Schulz," Cominsky said.

A brief biography of Cominsky will be featured on the APS website starting early September to commemorate her on winning the award.

For more information visit www.aps.org.