Diversity Recognition and Awards

Trophies and Awards

Hernandez among 2011 APS Fellows

The American Physical Society has elected Georgia Tech's Professor Rigoberto Hernandez as a 2011 APS Fellow. The 240 newly elected APS Fellows number no more than ½ of 1% of the Society's membership. A fellowship election is a distinct honor because the evaluation process, conducted by the Fellowship committees of individual divisions, topical groups and forums, is done entirely by one's professional peers.

Fellowship in the American Physical Society is a great honor. In accordance with the APS Constitution,"there shall be elected to Fellowship only such Members who have contributed to the advancement of physics by independent, original research or who have rendered some other special service to the cause of the sciences."  Prof. Hernandez was nominated by the Division of Chemical Physics, and was cited, "For theoretical and computational advances in modeling and characterizing chemical and molecular dynamics in complex environments."

He and other 2011 Fellows will be feted by the Division of Chemical Physics at the upcoming March Meeting of the APS in Boston. It is notable that Hernandez now joins several faculty in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a fellow of both the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society.  (He was elected to the former in 2010.)

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Rigoberto Hernandez should also be recognized for his invited presentation earlier this week at the 37th international Quitel Congress held in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. He spoke on his work on "Obtaining the Free Energy for Unravelling a Protein by Adaptive Steered Molecular Dynamics (ASMD)."  (Quitel is an acronym for `Químicos Teóricos de Expresión Latina' which translates to `Theoretical Chemists of Latin Expression.') A remarkable feature of the Quitel Congresses is that talks are traditionally presented only in a Latin-based language. Indeed, Professor Hernandez presented his work in Spanish. Hernandez stated, This was the first time that I have given a scientific presentation (or any presentation for that matter) in Spanish. Happily, the audience seemed very appreciative.

Quitel 2011

Image displays some of the work that was presented at Quitel baed on an earlier article, G. Ozer, E. Valeev, S. Quirk and R. Hernandez; "Adaptive steered molecular dynamics of the long-distance unfolding of Neuropeptide Y," J. Chem. Theory Comput., 6, 3026-3038 (2010). (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ct100320g)

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The Office of Institute Diversity is pleased to congratulate Rigoberto Hernandez on these accomplishments!