WYOMISSING, Pa. – Ruth Daly, professor of physics at Penn State Berks, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the premier physics organization in the world, representing more than 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Election to APS fellowship is based on outstanding contributions to the field and is limited to no more than 1/2 of 1% of the society’s membership.
The APS Division of Astrophysics recommended Daly for fellowship “for studies of radio properties in supermassive black holes, leading to their use as cosmic rulers, and providing early evidence of their role in cosmic acceleration, and insight into the spin properties of the supermassive blackholes that power the outflows."
Daly has been working in the fields of extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology for more than 30 years. She has published over 100 papers including more than 60 peer reviewed publications. Many of the papers included graduate and undergraduate students as co-authors. She is frequently an invited speaker at major national and international meetings and typically discusses topics related to dark matter and dark energy in the universe, and the properties of black holes.
In 2006, she received the Penn State Berks Outstanding Researcher Award in recognition of her research accomplishments. In addition, she was the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation National Young Investigator Award, a NSF/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship.