10 Facts About Andrea Liu


Andrea Jo-Wei Liu is the Hepburn Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry.

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Andrea Liu is a theoretical physicist studying condensed matter physics and biophysics.

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Andrea Liu is particularly known for her study of jamming, a phenomenon in which disordered materials become rigid with increasing density and stress.

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Andrea Liu is a Simons Investigator and Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics, fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Andrea Liu became the Edmund J and Louise W Kahn Professor in the Natural Sciences in 2009, before becoming the Hepburn Professor in 2011.

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Andrea Liu was the General Councilor of the American Physical Society.

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Andrea Liu served on the steering committees for a number of scientific organizations including the APS Board of Directors, the National Science Foundation Committee of Visitors for the Division of Materials Research, the NAS Biophysics Decadal Study Committee, and the National Research Council Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee.

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Andrea Liu is recognized for distinguished contributions in theoretical physics, particularly for demonstrating that slow relaxation in soft materials can be viewed within a common framework called jamming.

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Andrea Liu has resolved a longstanding question of how disordered solids flow by identifying "flow defects", or regions that are vulnerable to local rearrangement, analogous to dislocations in crystals.

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Andrea Liu has received a significant number of awards and honors which include:.

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