Dr. Persis S. Drell, Professor and Director at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University
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Persis S. Drell is Professor and Director at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University. She received her B.A. in mathematics and physics from Wellesley College in 1977. She received her Ph.D. in atomic physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. She then switched to high-energy experimental physics and worked as a postdoctoral scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She joined the faculty of the Physics Department at Cornell University in 1988. In 2000, she became head of the Cornell high-energy group; in 2001, she was named Deputy Director of Cornell’s Laboratory of Nuclear Studies. In 2002, Dr. Drell accepted a position as Professor and Director of research at SLAC. In 2005, Dr. Drell was named Deputy Director of SLAC and Director of Particle and Particle Astrophysics. She was appointed Acting Director of SLAC in September 2007, and then Director in December 2007. Her current research activities are in particle astrophysics.

Dr. Drell has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and she is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Her recent activities have included chairing the HEPAP subcommittee that produced the “Quantum Universe” report and serving on the COSEPUP/BPA Committee on Setting Priorities for NSF-Sponsored Large Research Facilities for the National Academy of Sciences 2003. In spring of 2006 she was the Morris Loeb Lecturer in Physics at Harvard University.