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Physicist Beate Schmittmann named Outstanding Referee


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BLACKSBURG, Va., April 20, 2011 – Beate Schmittmann, professor and chair of the physics department in the College of Science, has been named an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society. 

The award recognizes individuals who have given exceptional service in assessing manuscripts for publication in APS journals.

Each year, a small percentage of the society’s 45,000 active referees are honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. Selections are made based on the number, quality, and timeliness of the referee reports. This year 144 referees were honored with the distinction. The APS received more than 35,000 manuscripts in 2010.

The APS is a non-profit organization that works to advance the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. The organization has 48,000 members worldwide.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.