Montana State University

MSU physicist honored for innovative research, passion for teaching

March 1, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Anton Vorontsov, an assistant professor of physics at Montana State University, was named a 2013 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).

The award was based on Vorontsov's innovative research and passion for teaching, said RCSA Interim President Jack Pladziewicz.

Vorontsov investigates material in which superconductivity and magnetism appear together. He is attempting to develop a theory describing precisely how these states behave in close proximity. If successful, he hopes to be able to better explain and predict their interplay in certain metal compounds known to be superconducting at relatively warm temperatures.

His work may someday lead to an energy efficient, super-fast, magnetically levitated train, Pladziewicz said. 

Vorontsov is also planning a new undergraduate course or seminar that will mix mathematics, physics and "magic" (exciting physics and math demonstrations), Pladziewicz said. The interactive class will allow students to apply, "re-learn" at a new level, and bring together different branches of physics and mathematical skills in ways that make science fun for students. The course could also be adapted for graduate students or high school students.

The Cottrell Scholar Awards, instituted in 1994, were named after Frederick Gardner Cottrell, scientist, inventor, philanthropist and founder of what is now called the RCSA.  The foundation formerly known as Research Corporation is America's oldest foundation devoted exclusively to science. The foundation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.

The RCSA is a major funder of scientific innovation and research in America's colleges and universities.

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