Physics Professor Aaron Pierce has been selected to receive a prestigious 2012 Henry Russel Award, which recognizes both exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher. It is one of the highest honors that the University of Michigan bestows on faculty members who are in the early stages of their career.

Professor Pierce, at U-M since 2006, is an internationally recognized theoretical physicist, working mainly in the area of phenomenological particle theory. His work seeks to place the results from the Large Hadron Collider in theoretical context and has also been active in the quest to determine the identity of the Dark Matter. Professor Pierce has written about half of his 44 publications since he came to Michigan. His courses, ranging from Modern Physics to Graduate Quantum Mechanics, have drawn great appreciation from his students.  

He will receive the award at the next Henry Russel Lecture, February 23, 2012 in Rackham Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.