Noteworthy: Balazs of the University of Pittsburgh won the 2016 Polymer Physics Prize from the American Physical Society, the first woman to win the award since its 1960 inception. The $10,000 prize and certificate will be bestowed at the American Physical Society’s annual meeting in March, where Balazs will deliver a talk on her work.
Occupation: Balazs is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering.
Background: Balazs is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Materials Research Society. She served as chairwoman of the American Physical Society’s polymer physics division from 1999 to 2000 and was a visiting fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.
Family: Husband, Steven Letivan, a faculty member in Pitt’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Quote: “I have been inspired by the women polymer scientists before me and by my colleagues. … I am humbled to receive this award.”