Professor Freericks regularly publishes important work in the top journals of the field several times a year. Over the past three years he has published 6 papers in Physical Review Letters, 2 in Applied Physics Letters and one in Reviews of Modern Physics. He was recently recognized with one of only four awards by NASA’s National Leadership Computing System Initiative which granted 900,000 hours of time on the supercomputer Columbia.
Dr. Freericks’s election as an APS fellow is the culmination of over a decade of exceptional research at Georgetown. It is particularly remarkable that these accomplishments have been accompanied by similar excellence in teaching and service. His educational efforts have been consistently innovative and successful. He has served as both Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies.
Of the twenty seven newly elected Fellows in the Division of Condensed Matter Physics, only seventeen others are from American universities and all of these are from institutions with physics programs much larger than Georgetown’s. Professor Freericks’s election is wonderful evidence of the truth of President DeGioia’s statement that while Georgetown may not historically have done big science, its faculty clearly does good science. James Freericks does remarkable science and the Graduate School is proud to honor him with this award.
(Excerpted from the presentation speech given by Timothy A. Barbari, Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, at the 2007 Graduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2007)
Jim Freericks, Professor of Physics