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Price Honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science  

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DECEMBER 20, 2012 –A physics professor at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College was recently named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Richard Price in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology has taught at the university since 2004. He was selected for the award because of his work with gravitational radiation and black holes.

The announcement about Price’s honor was made by the AAAS in late November but the formal recognition will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the organization’s Fellow Forum being held during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. More than 700 recipients will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette pin.

“Throughout the country, there were 49 Fellows named in physics,” said Dr. Mikhail Bouniaev, Dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology. “Price and a professor from Texas A&M University were the only physicists in Texas to be named. Price is also the first member of the university faculty, in any field, to be given this honor.”

Price is active in the university’s new Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy which focuses on general pulsars and transient radio sources. One of the projects students are working on is building and maintaining a radio antenna array known as a Low Frequency All Sky Monitor in Willacy County.

“It’s extraordinary working with students,” said Price. “We know with these students we have made a difference in their lives. They are working with scientists at that level of a top tier university but getting the personal attention of UTB and TSC. They are really doing research. They are not washing test tubes.”

Through his work he has received grant support from the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for research in quantum gravity and relativistic astrophysics, black holes and gravitational waves and sparse spectral tau methods for neutron star initial data.

During his career Price has been published in the Journal of Computational Physics, the American Journal of Physics, the Astrophysical Journal and the Journal of Mathematical Physics.

He co-holds three patents: Micropositioner Systems and Methods and Systems and Methods for Sensing Position and Movement, both issued in 1988 and Eccentric Motion Motor issued in 1990.

He has been an invited speaker and presenter at the 21st Midwest Relativity Meeting, Nanjing University in China, the Pacific Coast Gravity Conference, the Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting and the University of Utah Science-Math Education Task Force. 

Price is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an honor he received in 1991.

Before arriving at the university, Price spent three decades teaching at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

“I consider the department I am in at the tier-one university level and more exciting to work in,” said Price.

Price received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 1965 from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He wrote the thesis “Nonspherical Perturbations of Relativistic Gravitational Collapse” to earn a doctoral degree in 1971 from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

The non-profit AAAS gives awards in a range of fields such as agriculture and renewable resources, atmospheric and hydrospheric science, biological sciences, social and political sciences and physics.

“The selection panel is made of highly recognized scientists from each field. They look at persons and their contributions to science and what impact the person has made during his career in the research field. Dr. Price is a highly recognized scholar in gravitation and general relativity,” said Dr. Soma Mukherjee, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “The recognition is going to the right person.”

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