Professor of Physics, Chair
Elizabeth F. McCormack received her bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wellesley College in 1983 and her Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1989. Thereafter, she joined the Laser Photophysics and Photochemistry program at Argonne National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 1990 she was awarded an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1991 she accepted a permanent staff position in the Laser Photophysics and Photochemistry program, and in 1993 she was promoted to the position of Physicist. In 1995 she joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr College and began a research program in molecular physics with funding from a CAREER award from the NSF. She was promoted with tenure to the associate rank in 2001 and in 2005 was promoted to Professor. In her research she investigates fundamental aspects of molecular excited state-structure and dynamics using a variety of laser spectroscopy techniques. Her interests include Rydberg and ion-pair state dynamics, photoionization, autoionization, predissociation, and photodissociation. Her techniques include resonant multiphoton excitation and detection, time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, and resonant, four-wave mixing in the frequency and time domains. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and has received support for her work from the NSF and NASA throughout her time at Bryn Mawr. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the APS. In 2006-2007 she served as Chair of the Faculty and in 2007 she received the College’s McPherson Prize for Faculty. From 2008-2011 she served as Dean of Graduate Studies at the College. She is a member of the American Physical Society, the Association for Women in Science, the American Association for Physics Teachers, and a Faculty 21 member of Project Kaleidoscope
. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of The Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Board of Advisors to Project Kaleidoscope in association with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is a consultant to the Scientific Equipment Program at the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.
Office: Park Science Center, rm. 351
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