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Andrea Liu: Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Natural Sciences
March 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 25



Dr. Andrea J. Liu, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy, has been named the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Natural Sciences.  Dr. Liu’s ongoing research concerns theoretical problems in soft matter physics, including jamming in glass-forming liquids, foams and granular materials, and biophysical self-assembly in actin structures and other systems.

The recipient of a CAREER Faculty Award from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Liu is also a fellow of the American Physical Society. She received her doctorate from Cornell University and her bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Liu was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, before joining the Penn faculty in 2004.

The Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professorship in the Natural Sciences was established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a 1925 Wharton graduate who had a successful career in the oil and natural gas industry. Louise Kahn, his wife, was a graduate of Smith College who worked for Newsweek and owned an interior design firm. The couple contributed to many programs and projects at Penn, including the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Modern Languages College House, and other initiatives and scholarships in the humanities.

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