JAN 14, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

CSUB Physics professor chosen as scholar

One of the most respected academic institutes in the world has chosen a California State University, Bakersfield physics professor as one of its scholars for 2002-2004.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, selected Vladimir Gasparyan as one of its visiting researchers for the next three years.

"This is one of the most respected institutes of its kind in the world," said Tom Meyer, CSUB's interim dean of Natural Science, Mathematics and Engineering. "This is quite an honor."

And no small feat, apparently, either. "They select only seven people for this program," Gasparyan said. "It's an open competition for physicists from all universities in the United States. I am deeply honored to have been selected by ITP. It will give me a nice opportunity to collaborate and establish scientific relations with well-known physicists from ITP."

The purpose of the program, Meyer said, is to support the research efforts of faculty at American colleges and universities that are not major research institutions. Each ITP scholar receives funds for three round trips and up to six weeks of local expenses to be used over a period of three years, he said.

Gasparyan, a theoretical physicist, has been at CSUB since the fall 2000. He is a native of Armenia, and earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from Yerevan State University. Yerevan is the capital of Armenia.

Armenia was once part of the old Soviet Union. Gasparyan, 51, said he left there once the Soviet Union collapsed, and worked the last eight years in Europe at universities in Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. He is also an associate member of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

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