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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, October 6, 2005

Adjunct professor wins Nobel Prize for physics

Roy J. Glauber, an optical sciences adjunct professor, won a 2005 Nobel Prize in physics for his pioneering work on the nature and behavior of light.

Glauber, who came to the UA as an adjunct in 1988, is being honored for research he performed at Harvard University in the '60s that updated the theory of the nature of light to include modern quantum principles.

Glauber shares the prize with John L. Hall from the University of Colorado and Theodor W. Hansch from the Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, Germany. The three will share a sum of about $1.3 million.

Candlelight vigil to inform students of Darfur region

Student organizers hope a candlelight vigil tonight will help other students realize the effects of a humanitarian crisis affecting more than 2 million people in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where thousands of Sudanese have been killed and millions more have been displaced.

The event starts at 7 p.m. by the fountain at Old Main and is part of the Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, involving more than 170 college campuses that are hosting similar events in hopes of bringing education, awareness and solidarity within the student body, said Naomi Brandis, an organizer of the event.

Sudanese government-backed militias, known collectively as the Janjaweed, are systematically eliminating entire communities of African tribal farmers. Villages are being razed, women and girls raped and branded, men and boys murdered, and food and water supplies targeted and destroyed, according to www.savedarfur.org.

While Brandis said she and others might not be able to get students to care, education and awareness is the next best thing. She said tonight's event won't be a fundraiser but rather just for awareness.

"We just want people to know what's going on," said Brandis, a political science senior, adding that with disasters like Hurricane Katrina, even a crisis of this magnitude can be overlooked. "(Students) can act on it if they know how," Brandis said.

- Zach Colick