Berger, Beverly

Affiliate Researcher, COS and CCRG Advisory Board Member
Physics, University of Maryland
Gravitational Physics

Beverly Berger


Dr. Beverly K. Berger retired from the US National Science Foundation where she was Program Director for Gravitational Physics from late 2001 through the end of 2011. Previously, she had spent 24 years as a faculty member at Oakland University (Michigan), eventually becoming professor and department chair. She received her undergraduate education in physics at the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in physics at the University of Maryland. She held postdoctoral positions at the University of Colorado and Yale University. Her research field is theoretical gravitational physics with recent emphasis on singularities and other properties of cosmological spacetimes. She is an APS Fellow. In 1995, she founded and was the first Chair of the APS's Topical Group in Gravitation (GGR), the national organization in this field. She was elected Vice Chair of GGR in 2012. Additional past activities within the APS include membership on the APS Council and chairing the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, the Publication Oversight Committee, and the selection committees for the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics. She is currently the secretary of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, a member of the Editorial Board of Reports on Progress in Physics, a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board (Fachbeirat) for the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, a member of the External Advisory Board for the College of Sciences of Rochester Institute of Technology, and a member and ombudsperson of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

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