The American Physical Society (APS) recently awarded prizes to Harvard physicists Nadia Lapusta and Charles Lieber.

A postdoctoral fellow in solid mechanics, Lapusta received the 2002 Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics for her work on an innovative computational algorithm to simulate sequences of earthquake instabilities. This research, according to the APS, led “to elucidation of earthquake nucleation, seismic radiation, and small-event clustering processes.” She received $1,500 and a certificate to be presented at the Division of Computational Physics annual meeting.

Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials for his contributions in nanostructured and functional nanostructured materials. The prize consists of $5,000 plus a certificate citing the contribution of the recipient and an allowance for travel to the society’s awards ceremony.