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Making Waves: Guido Mueller Named UF International Educator of the Year

Guido Mueller, an assistant professor of physics, is one of three faculty members from across campus designated a UF International Educator of the Year. This fall marks the second year for the awards program, which was established in 2005 by the UF International Center to recognize faculty’s contributions to the globalization of the university.

The program recognizes a senior and junior faculty member each year, but for 2006 there was a tie in the junior category between Mueller and Karen Kainer in IFAS’ School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The senior faculty member honoree is Terry McCoy in the Center for Latin American Studies. Mueller, Kainer and McCoy will each be presented a plaque by Provost Janie Fouke during a special reception on November 14, as part of the festivities surrounding International Education Week.

Mueller, who came to UF in 2003, received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Hanover, Germany in 1997. He is a past fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at the University for Electro-Communications in Tokyo. His current research revolves around ground-based and space-based interferometric gravitational wave detectors and he is a member of the physics department's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) group.

In 2005, Mueller garnered international attention for the university when he was named co-chair the interferometry working group of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) International Science Team. LISA is a joint observatory between NASA and the European Space Agency, aimed at detecting low-frequency gravitational waves. The LISA International Science Team serves as the scientific coordinating and advisory committee to the Office of Space Science, NASA, the European Space Agency and the LISA study office and has six groups, including the interferometry group, which places Mueller in charge of one-sixth of LISA science.

In addition to Mueller's university-wide award, the following CLAS faculty were also recognized at the college level for their outstanding contributions to internationalizing the campus: Geoffrey J. Giles, History; M.J. Hardman, Linguistics; Leah Hochman, Religion and Jewish Studies; and Terry McCoy, Political Science and Latin American Studies.



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