Ratra Selected as 2005 AAAS Fellow

Three K-State professors have been designated Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  One of those recognized was Professor Bharat Ratra of physics.  He was recognized by the association for his contributions in cosmology, including the quantum mechanics of inflation, the dynamical effective cosmological constant and the tissue of cosmological space curvature and cosmic magnetic fields.  Dr. Ratra was one of the first physicists to propose the concept of “dark energy,” the still-mysterious entity which opposes gravity and accelerates the expansion of the universe. 

Bharat earned a master's in physics in 1982 from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, and a doctorate in physics from Stanford University in 1986.  He joined the K-State faculty in 1996 and has received a five-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to study experimental data generated by deep-space experiments to help study the evolution of the universe.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  See "K-Statement" faculty & staff newsletter for more information at http://www.mediarelations.ksu.edu/WEB/News/InView/ivmenu.html.