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Elena Aprile will Deliver Comments at Madame Chien-Shiung Wu's Event

Distinguished Professor of Columbia University Elena Aprile will deliver comments at Madame C. S. Wu’s event on September 24, 2022

Professor Elena Aprile

With great excitement, the organizer of the September 24, 2022, the Nanjing University Alumni Association United States (NUAAUS) announces that Professor Elena Aprile of Columbia University and a 2021 elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences will speak at the event to honor her friend, Madame Chien-Shiung Wu.

Professor Elena Aprile is an Italian-American experimental particle physicist. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Geneva, under the supervision of the Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia. She joined Columbia University in 1986, and is now the Centennial Professor of Physics.

She is the founder and spokesperson of the Xenon Dark Matter Experiment and is well known for her work with noble liquid detectors and for her contributions to particle astrophysics in the search for dark matter.”

Besides being a world-class physicist, Professor Aprile also distinguishes herself as the second female physicist (the first is Madame C. S. Wu) in Columbia University’s physics department. It is therefore entirely appropriate that she will be the inaugural lecturer for the recently established C. S. Wu Colloquium of the department!

Professor Aprile remembers warmly and longingly that Madame C. S. Wu was her friend and colleague. She said that “I still remember fondly during the many times she (Madame Wu) would stop by my office in Pupin Laboratory (the home of Columbia University’s physics department home). To this day, she remains my strongest and most valued role model.”

About the C.S. Wu Global Forum

In order to commemorate Madame Chien Shiung Wu's 110 Anniversaries, Nanjing University Alumni Association United States (USAAUS) will host the first C.S. Wu Global Online Symposium, on September 24th, 2022. It welcomes scientists, teachers and students all over the world to join this open event.

The son of Madame C.S. Wu, Dr. Vincent Yuan, expressed his great pleasure in approving the NUAAUS to organize this commemorative event.

The U.S. Postal Service wrote to NUAAUS and authorized the use of Chien-shung Wu commemorative stamp to honor her as "one of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century".

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