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Kakalios receives Honorary Degree

James Kakalios

Professor Jim Kakalios recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom for his "significant contribution to pioneering research and public dissemination in physics."

Professor Kakalios also delivered a public lecture on the "The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books."

At the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy, his research interests include nanocrystalline and amorphous semiconductors, pattern formation in sandpiles and fluctuation phenomena in neurological systems. However, it was his love of comic books and physics that saw him catapulted into the spotlight in recent years. The Physics of Superheroes was published in 2005 in the U.S. and the U.K., and has since been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Italian. His second title, The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics, was released in October 2010 and his most recent book, The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day, was published by Crown Books in May 2017. This latest book reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from our smart phones and digital 'clouds' to x-ray machines and hybrid vehicles.

Professor Kakalios was the Chair of the American Physical Society (A.P.S.) Committee on Informing the Public, Past-Chair of the A.P.S. Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public, winner of the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Public Engagement with Science Award, and the 2016 Andrew Gemant Award for outreach efforts from the American Institute of Physics.