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Max, founding director of Livermores Institute of Geophysics
and Planetary Physics (IGPP), has been name a fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Founded during the American
Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other
early U.S. leaders, the academy is today an international society
with the dual function of electing to membership individuals of
exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business,
public affairs, and the arts, and of conducting projects and studies
responsive to the needs and problems of society.
Max was selected
in the physics division of the academy. She joined Livermore as
a physicist in 1974, founded IGPP in 1983, and became director of
University Relations in 1995. She now serves as associate director
for the National Science Foundations Center for Adaptive Optics
at the University of California at Santa Cruz, in which Livermore
plays a significant role. She is also a professor of astronomy at
UC Santa Cruz.
most recent work focuses on the use of adaptive optics on the telescopes
at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. (See the article entitled
Adaptive Optics Sharpen the View from
is the only other academy member from the Laboratory. Others selected
as fellows in 2002 include Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts
and Academy Awardwinning actress Anjelica Houston.
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