U-M Physicist Professor Katherine Freese was recently awarded a Collegiate Professorship from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). She is one of the first scientists to work on the close connection between particle physics—the study of the small components of matter and forces—and cosmology, the study of the evolution and composition of the universe as a whole. Professor Freese most recently invented a model for a new kind of star, which could have existed in the early universe explained in her paper, “Dark Matter and the First Stars: a New Phase of Stellar Evolution.” In addition to her research, she has been active in supporting women faculty and students in the Physics Department. Professor Freese’s professorship is named in honor of George Eugene Uhlenbeck.

LSA awards the Collegiate Professorships, which is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon faculty for distinguished achievement and reputation.