• UCSBLibrary twitter avatar
    Due to circumstances related to the Thomas Fire, the UCSB Chancellor has postponed fall finals until Jan. For this… https://t.co/Xo9OpUilR6
    8 hours 56 min ago
  • UCSB_GradPost twitter avatar
    Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy https://t.co/3g6BxlRwkM #UCSB #ucsbgradpost
    10 hours 29 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    A #RedCross emergency shelter for those evacuated from other areas remains open at the #UCSB Recreation Center. The… https://t.co/IyxTmybOrA
    15 hours 39 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    On Water and On Land: Women's Water Polo Gives Back to Community https://t.co/PqFVtnqBMQ
    19 hours 9 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Reminder: updates about the impacts of the #ThomasFire on campus operations are posted on The #UCSB Current: https://t.co/Hmm6PkVoi3
    1 day 3 hours ago
  • UCSBLibrary twitter avatar
    #UCSB Library will be closing tonight at midnight. We will reopen tomorrow at 8AM. Recess hours will be in effect M… https://t.co/fom6hAvC09
    1 day 8 hours ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    ICYMI: #UCSB fall quarter final exams have been rescheduled for the week of January 8th. For answers to FAQs relate… https://t.co/v0dklvXDS0
    1 day 8 hours ago
  • UCSB_GradPost twitter avatar
    Resources and updates for Thomas Fire https://t.co/YDATGJf7rb #UCSB #ucsbgradpost
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • UCSBengineering twitter avatar
    RT @ucsantabarbara: Final exams scheduled for the coming week will be rescheduled for the week of January 8. #UCSB students who wish to lea…
    1 day 10 hours ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Updates from Chancellor Yang's latest memo (4 of 4). The campus will remain open. Student housing, including reside… https://t.co/IkKUjg1Png
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Updates from Chancellor Yang's latest memo (3 of 4). The revised final exam schedule will be posted on the Office o… https://t.co/K1gbw5KUXZ
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Updates from Chancellor Yang's latest memo (2 of 4). Fall quarter has been extended. Winter quarter will now begin… https://t.co/88DzDNIcBv
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Updates from Chancellor Yang's latest memo (1 of 4). Final exams scheduled for the coming week will be rescheduled… https://t.co/Yh3W3Jcmjo
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • UCSBLibrary twitter avatar
    The Library remains open for students that need a place to gather and/or begin making alternative plans for the now… https://t.co/S0TalpXviJ
    1 day 11 hours ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Final exams scheduled for the coming week will be rescheduled for the week of January 8. #UCSB students who wish to… https://t.co/goWRKavefr
    1 day 12 hours ago

UCSB PROFESSOR ELECTED TO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Thursday, April 30, 1998 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

Michael S. Witherell, professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of 60 new members and 15 foreign associates, in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

"I am thrilled to learn of Dr. Witherell's election to this elite group of scientists," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "This prestigious award brings to seven the number of faculty members in our outstanding physics department who are members of the National Academy of Sciences. I am proud to be his colleague at UCSB, a truly world-class institution."

"Election to the NAS is probably the greatest honor that can be given to an American scientist, with the exception of the Nobel Prize," said Rollin J. Morrison, chair of the department of physics at UCSB. "It is particularly gratifying for us that Mike Witherell came here as an assistant professor in 1981 and has done all of the work for which he was just recognized while at UCSB."

Morrison said that through Witherell's intellect and leadership the UCSB High Energy Physics group is now recognized as one of the very best in the country. UCSB's department of physics was cited by the National Research Council as tenth among all U.S. universities.

Witherell works with particle accelerators, to gain new insights into the fundamental building blocks of nature. In 1985 he headed a group at UCSB that was involved in an experiment at Fermilab in Illinois which provided the most precise measurements of the properties of a fundamental class of particles called charmed particles, so-called because they containcharmed or heavy quarks. For that work, Witherell received the American Physical Society's W.K.H. Panofsky Prize for Particle Physics in 1990.

Currently Witherell has a project at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) intended to understand the difference between matter and antimatter. "We know that at the big bang there were equal amounts of matter and anti-matter," said Witherell. "But the universe today is all made of matter. We want to know--where did all the anti-matter go?" This current experiment will start taking data in 1999, and is in a race with KEK, the Japanese Particle Physics Laboratory.

Witherell received his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and began teaching at Princeton University in that year. In 1981 he joined the faculty at UCSB. Witherell is also chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel which advises the U.S. Department of Energy.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science. The Academy was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser of the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.