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Professor Silvia Pascoli has won the 2013 Occhialini Medal and Prize for her "major contributions to the study of, and leadership in, the field of neutrino phenomenology".
She will receive her award during the opening ceremony of the Italian Physical Society's 99th National Congress on Monday, September 23, in Trieste, Italy.
The Occhialini Medal was founded in 2007 to honour the memory of the physicist Giuseppe Occhialini and is presented jointly by the Institute of Physics and the Società Italiana di Fisica for distinguished work carried out in the 10 years leading up to the award.
Professor Pascoli is Professor of Physics at Durham University and Deputy Director of the University’s Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.
She said: “It is a great honour and an immense pleasure for me to have been awarded the Occhialini Prize by the IOP and SIF.
“Giuseppe Occhialini was one of the world-leading pioneers in the search for the elementary components of nature.
“The past 15 years have seen a new perspective open up in this field with the discovery of neutrino oscillations and neutrino masses. We now know that the Standard Model of particle physics is not complete and neutrinos provide an invaluable window into the fundamental laws of nature.
“A lot of work still needs to be done as neutrinos, despite being the most abundant known particles in the Universe, are also the most elusive.”
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