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KU Physics and Astronomy Alumnus Honored for his Research Contributions

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dr. Brian Thomas (MS Physics 2002, PhD Physics 2005 – University of Kansas), Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Washburn University, has been named the 2017 recipient of the A. Roy Myers Award for Excellence in Research at Washburn University. Criteria for selection include the quality of research, the significance of candidate’s contribution to “new knowledge” in their field, the consistency of productive research/creative activity, and the ability to relate the candidate’s research to the mission of the university. Dr. Thomas leads the Washburn Astrobiophysics research group, which includes faculty and students at Washburn and studies the effects on the Earth's atmosphere and biosphere by astrophysical sources of radiation. For the last three years he has been the principal investigator on a 3-year, $500,000 grant entitled "Terrestrial Impact of Nearby Supernovae", awarded to WU in collaboration with the University of Kansas and MidAmerica Nazarene University.