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12-21-2007

Clarkson Professor's Achievements in Science and Art Recognized with Award and Invited Lectures

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Liya L. Regel is a professor of electrical & computer engineering and director of the International Center for Gravity Materials Science and Applications (ICGMSA) at Clarkson University and an artist whose work is featured in galleries and private collections worldwide. This fall she was recognized for her work with an award and invited lectureships in the United States, Canada and Europe. regel

Regel was honored with the annual Crystal Globe Award during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Links Incorporated Greater Chapter in Huntsville, Ala. She received the award for her "... presentation to the community... artistic works, which were exhibited in Huntsville at the State Black Archives Research Center and the Huntsville Museum of Art, and in Decatur, Alabama at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. ... and for a special lecture 'My Life in 3-D' on the campus of Alabama A&M University, which was informative, inspirational and motivational to faculty, staff, students and citizens from the Greater Huntsville community ... " Regel was the first non African-American to receive this prestigious award.

Regel was also the Members' Day speaker for the Women's Art Society in Montreal in October. In her lecture, "Thirty Three-Hour Day - Impelled to Create," she presented her science, art and poetry. She concluded the lecture with a demonstration of her music composition accompanied by images on three screens. Many said it was the most impressive and interesting presentation they had attended in many years.

Regel will also deliver the keynote lecture for the "Symposium on Technology for Artificial Gravity and Microgravity Simulation" in Amsterdam organized by the European Space Agency. She'll speak on "Why Materials Processing in High Gravity?" (She created the field of materials research in large centrifuges in the early 1990s.) Her lecture will summarize research carried on around the world, including her own work at Clarkson.

Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Dean Goodarz Ahmadi named Professor Regel "Ambassador of Clarkson" for representing Clarkson University via numerous invited lectures about her research, art, and music in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia in recent years.

Regel came to Clarkson in 1991 to direct the International Center for Gravity Materials Science and Applications. In 2002, Clarkson awarded her an honorary doctor of science degree. In May 2006, she was also awarded an honorary doctor of science from Alabama A&M University.

Educated in the former Soviet Union, Regel holds a Ph.D. in physics and mathematical science and the prestigious doctorat (which is beyond the Ph.D.) for significant achievements in solid state physics.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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