For release: August 28, 2008
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Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, professor of physics at the University of Memphis, is one of three
women awarded a 2008 H. Hildred Blewett Scholarship from the American Physical Society.
Also receiving the award were women associated with Johns Hopkins University and with
Hampton University's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
Dr. Firouzeh Sabri
Sabri will use her stipend to further her study of the physical and chemical changes
caused by ultraviolet radiation on materials, especially RTV 655 and silica aerogels.
This past May, Sabri's earlier research was spotlighted because of its connection
to NASA�s exploratory mission to Mars. Her contribution to that mission was the development
of extremely thin coverings that protected sensitive equipment on the Mars lander
from the fine dust on the Red Planet.
Sabri holds a Ph.D. degree from the United Kingdom's University of Cambridge, Cavendish
Laboratory. Her career took her from Cambridge to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, Calif., to the National Institutes of Health, and to the University of Florida,
before she joined faculty of the Physics Department at the University of Memphis in
The Blewett Scholarships were established by a bequest from their namesake, a physicist
who died in 2004. Blewett, a specialist in the area of particle acceleration, was
passionate about physics and wanted to help women in that field, enabling them to
return to physics research careers after they had interrupted their careers for family
More information about the American Physical Society and the Blewett Scholarship is
available on the Web at: http://www.aps.org/programs/women