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Baruch College Physicist Ramzi Khuri Receives Mayor's "Young Investigator" Award for Excellence in Science

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (6/12/2002) Dr. Ramzi Khuri, professor of physics at Baruch College/CUNY, has been named as one of three scientists to receive "Young Investigator" awards in the annual Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Science, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced.

The Awards ceremony, honoring nine scientists in five categories, takes place on June 13, 2002, at the New York Hall of Science.

In the statement announcing the award, the Mayor called Dr. Khuri, who works in theoretical high-energy physics and string theory, "a rising star' in fundamental physics research in superstring and M-theory." Dr. Khuri's accomplishments so far include discovery of solutions to quandaries in black hole string theory; in four-dimensional string/string duality; and a unique derivation of Beckenstein-Hawking black-hole radiation. Such discoveries have helped launch what is now called the "second superstring revolution." Most recently, Dr. Khuri's work has been in developing what he calls "a simple model" of the theory of accelerated expansion of black holes.

Each year, nominations for the Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology generate through a comprehensive outreach process to all sectors of New York City's scientific communities. Individuals are nominated either for special achievement or a lifetime body of work in five categories: Technology; Biological/Medical Sciences; Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences; Public Understanding of Science and Technology; and Young Investigator. The candidates must live or work in New York City, and the Mayor chooses winners from a list of finalists submitted by expert panels from the New York Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Khuri is currently an assistant professor in natural sciences at Baruch College/CUNY, with an attachment to the CUNY Graduate Center. He received his BS in physics and mathematics, and his MS in physics, from Yale University, both in 1986; and his PhD in physics from Princeton University in 1991.

Vince Passaro
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