UMD Physics Professor Alessandra Buonanno was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences last week. In addition to being a professor here at UMD, she is a department director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Germany. She is well known internationally for her work with the LIGO Collaboration and their detection of gravitational waves.

 Earlier this spring, Prof. Buonanno also was awarded the Galileo Galilei Medal from the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics for her gravitational wave work.

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