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ICDS co-hire Zoltan Fodor named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Posted on May 4, 2023

Zoltan Fodor, professor of physics and Institute for Computational and Data Sciences co-hire, was one of the three Penn State scientists named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2023, according to Penn State News.

The 269 new members elected in 2023 come from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research and science. They join the more than 13,500 members elected since the academy was founded by John Adams, John Hancock and 60 other founders of the United States in 1780.

Zoltan FodorFodor’s research focuses on better understanding lattice quantum chromodynamics — the theory of the strong nuclear force that binds together quarks and gluons, which are fundamental particles that form the protons and neutrons that make up all matter in the universe. He has conducted research at leading laboratories around the world, including CERN in Geneva, Switzerland; the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany; and the Japanese High-Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Tsukuba, Japan.

Prior to joining Penn State in 2020, Fodor was a professor at Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary, and the University of Wuppertal, Germany. He has been the spokesperson for the Budapest-Marseille-Wuppertal collaboration, an international group of particle physicists, since 2005. He is a fellow of the European Physical Society and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He received his doctorate in physics from Eotvos Lorand University.

Fodor joined two other Penn State faculty members — Yakov Pesin, distinguished professor of mathematics; and Joan Richtsmeier, distinguished professor of anthropology — to be recognized with the distinction this year.

“On behalf of the University, I’m pleased to congratulate Drs. Fodor, Pesin and Richtsmeier on their well-deserved recognition by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,” said Lora Weiss, senior vice president for research. “Their accomplishments emphasize the importance that Penn State places on attracting and retaining leading researchers from the arts to the sciences to provide our students with a world-class education and support innovative research with global impacts.”

With more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 30 U.S. research universities and is one of only three institutions in the nation accorded land-grant, sea-grant, sun-grant and space-grant status. This year’s members represent the Eberly College of Science and the College of the Liberal Arts.


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