Deborah Jin, an adjoint professor of physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will receive the prestigious William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement. It recognizes her research, described as the crucial first step in developing superconductors that work at room temperature. Such superconductors could lead to faster computers and other advances.
The prize, the highest honor from international honor society Sigma Xi, also has been awarded to animal behaviorist Jane Goodall, oceanographer Robert Ballard, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould and anthropologist Margaret Mead.
Jin will receive the prize this week at the society's annual meeting, Nov. 12-15 in Houston. The award, presented since 1950, includes $5,000 for Jin and an additional $5,000 given to a researcher of Jin's choosing.
Jin has been at JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and NIST, since 1995.