Lynne Orr Named C.E. Kenneth Mees Professor of Physics

December 6, 2008

Prof. OrrChair Nicholas P. Bigelow recently announced that Lynne Orr has been named C.E. Kenneth Mees Professor of Physics. Orr, who has been with the Department since 1993, is a Theoretical High-Energy Physicist. Her research in collider phenomenology focuses on the physics of the top quark and Higgs boson (in the Standard Model and in Supersymmetry) and on Quantum Chromodynamics.

Professor Orr received her B.S. in Physics and Math (1982) and M.S. in Physics (1985) from the College of William and Mary, and her Ph.D. in Physics (1991) from the University of Chicago. After a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Davis, she joined the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1993.

Orr has been the recipient of an SSC Postdoctral Fellowhip, a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship, a U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, and a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. She received the Department Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching twice (2000 and 2004), the Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence in 1999, and Goergen Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Learning (shared with P. Auchincloss, A. Bodek, and C. Jones) in 1998. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Professor in 2004. She was elected fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005.

For more information, please see Professor Orr's webpage.