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Bustamante honored with the Richtmyer Award

By Robert Sanders, Media Relations

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) honored chemistry professor Carlos Bustamante for his teaching physics to the public.

Bustamante, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, physics and chemistry, received the Richtmyer Award for conveying physics to public audiences.

Bustamante has worked on new methods of manipulating just one molecule at a time. He is the creator of optical tweezers, which use light to move objects as small as a single atom. A Fulbright scholar from his native Peru, he is now working on the mechanical power of twisted DNA. Bustamante spoke on "An Old Problem with a New Twist" – measuring how much DNA's rigid backbone can twist.

The AAPT is the largest association of physics teachers in the United States. The Richtmyer Award, which includes a gift of $7,500, is named after Floyd K. Richtmyer, a distinguished physicist, teacher, and administrator who served the physics community in many ways.

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Carlos Bustamante research site