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Leposava Vuskovic of Norfolk, associate professor of physics at Old Dominion University, recently was elected to a four-year term as chair of the Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC).

Vuskovic's election marks the first time in the history of the organization that a former conference secretary has been chosen as chairperson. Old Dominion hosted the 52nd GEC in 1999 and Vuskovic served as secretary.

Past chairs have included representatives from General Electric, Sandia National Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

In its 54-year history, the GEC has preserved the outstanding features of an open, interdisciplinary international conference. The GEC invites participation from anyone wishing to contribute to, or learn about, the topic of gaseous electronics. The conference covers all aspects of gaseous electronics, from fundamental understanding of basic processes in plasmas to the practical use of plasmas in industry.

Vuskovic joined the faculty of the physics department at Old Dominion in 1993, where she established the Atomic Beams Laboratory. Research at the laboratory covers topics ranging from fundamental studies of physical processes to high technology industrial applications.

Projects include basic research into atomic and molecular collisions, elementary processes in gas discharges, molecular collision dynamics related to reactive plasmas, aerodynamic properties of gas discharges, and the application of non-coherent light sources in the lighting industry.

This article was posted on: October 25, 2001

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