Prize Recipient

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Agnieszka Sorensen
Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington


"For an innovative approach to study the speed of sound in dense nuclear matter using moments of baryon distributions and developing of a framework of simulations and modeling of QCD phases and transitions in nucleus-nucleus collisions."


Agnieszka Sorensen received her Ph.D. in September 2021 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), having performed a substantial amount of her research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Her dissertation work, completed under a joint supervision of Dr. Huan Zhong Huang (UCLA) and Dr. Volker Koch (LBNL), focused on the nuclear matter equation of state and hadronic transport simulations of hot and dense nuclear matter created in heavy-ion collisions. Agnieszka obtained her B.S. and M.S degrees from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. While at UCLA, she was awarded the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship. Currently, Agnieszka is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington’s Institute for Nuclear Theory, where she uses simulations of heavy-ion collisions to extract properties of dense nuclear matter. In her research, she is especially fond of problems which allow one to better understand the emergence of macroscopic properties in many-body systems. Agnieszka’s recent interests include using fluctuations of conserved charges to probe the dense nuclear matter equation of state and exploring synergies between heavy-ion collisions and neutron stars with dynamical models.