Don't miss the inaugural, historic Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professorship investiture, Thursday, May 5, at 4pm in 141 Loomis!

5/3/2022 12:36:17 PM

Illinois Physics Professor and I-MRSEC Director Nadya Mason
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professor in Physics and I-MRSEC Director Nadya Mason

Come celebrate this historic investiture! On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Nadya Mason will be named the Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professor in Physics. Join us in auditorium 141 Loomis from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the foyer following the celebration.

In September of 1941, late nuclear physicist Rosalyn Sussman Yalow arrived at the University of Illinois to receive her PhD in nuclear physics. A graduate student during the World War II era, Yalow was the only woman among a campus-wide faculty of 400 when she accepted her teaching assistantship in 1941 and became the second woman to receive a PhD in Physics in University history.

Nobel laureate and Illinois Physics alumna Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
Nobel laureate and Illinois Physics alumna Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

One hundred years after her birth, the Illinois Physics alumna and Nobel Prize Laureate will be honored for her legacy as a pioneer for women in STEM, thanks to funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation. This professorship is the first in the college’s history to be named in honor of a female alumna.

The Rosalyn S. Yalow Professorship is the first award in the college’s history to be named in honor of a female alumna. This prestigious, inaugural appointment has been awarded to Dr. Nadya Mason, physics professor, award-winning physicist, and champion for diversity in STEM.

Read more here: https://grainger.illinois.edu/news/features/women-in-engineering/yalow