Jan. 11, 2011

Lawrence Livermore's Kennedy Reed elected AAAS fellow

LIVERMORE, Calif. - Kennedy Reed, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow. He is being recognized for important studies in atomic theory, and for many successful efforts to increase minority participation in the physical sciences in the United States and Africa.

Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers to recognize distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year, 503 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Reed has produced more than 100 publications on his research in atomic collisions in high-temperature plasmas, and his work has contributed to the understanding of indirect processes in electron-impact excitation and ionization of highly charged ions.

He is a prominent leader in national efforts to increase opportunities for minority students and professionals in the sciences, and has helped develop and direct programs that have expanded research and training capabilities at minority serving institutions and enabled students to pursue advanced degrees in physical science disciplines.

Through the auspices of the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, Reed has been a visiting scientist in the West African countries of Senegal and Ghana, and through other international scientific organizations has been involved with physical science programs in numerous other African countries. 

He received the American Physical Society's John Wheatley Award for his contributions to physics research and education in Africa - the only time this award has been given for work in Africa.  

Reed currently chairs the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Commission on Physics for Development. With 60 member countries and 20 commissions, IUPAP is a worldwide organization that fosters international cooperation in physics. The IUPAP commission headed by Reed includes physicists from 15 countries on five continents, and is mandated to help improve the conditions of physics and physicists in developing regions of the world.  He also serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on International Scientific Organizations.

Reed has received high-level recognition for his work. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. The California-Nevada Section of the American Physical Society established the Kennedy Reed Award, which is presented annually to recognize the best theoretical research performed by graduate students.  In 2010, President Obama awarded Reed the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring.

Reed holds a bachelor's of science degree from Monmouth College in Illinois, and a doctorate in physics from the University of Nebraska.

Reed will be officially honored at the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Feb.19.