On Nov. 6, the Russian-American Scientists Association (RASA) awarded Fermilab scientist Vladimir Shiltsev with the George Gamow Award at the 2016 RASA-USA conference in Los Angeles.
The award was given to Shiltsev “for his seminal contribution to high-energy physics and accelerator technology and tireless efforts to promote best scientific practices in Russia.” Shiltsev is the director of the Fermilab Accelerator Physics Center and is the program leader for IOTA and the Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology Facility.
The 2016 award was also given to Roald Sagdeev, professor of physics at the University of Maryland.
Scientist George Gamow (1904-68), for whom the award is named, was well-known for his role in the development of the Big Bang theory, his explanation of nuclear alpha decay by quantum tunneling and his contributions to the understanding of DNA. He was a professor at George Washington University between 1934 and 1956. He was also an author of popular science books, including his Mr. Tomkins series.
RASA is a nonprofit organization working to consolidate the Russian scientific diaspora, to advance the career development and qualifications of its members, and to provide opportunities for social and cultural exchanges. RASA represents about 500 members, including scientists, engineers and hi-tech entrepreneurs in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States.