Professor Gagliardi receives Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship
Professor Laura Gagliardi received this year's Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship Award. She delivered a week-long mini-course for graduate students on correlation theory with hands-on experience in state-of-the-art computational methods. The week ended with a one-day symposium hosting theoretical or computational chemists and materials scientists from other universities in Israel, and a colloquium by Professor Gagliardi.
This is the third annual event in memory of Isaiah "Shi" Shavitt who was a pioneer in the field of theoretical chemistry and widely regarded as one of the founders of computational chemistry. He developed efficient methods to treat electron correlation and applied these methods to a broad range of chemistry problems, and developed one of the first software packages for quantum chemistry, named COLUMBUS, which involved many millions of terms in the Configuration Interaction expansion. In 2009, together with his co-author, Professor Rodney Bartlett, Shavitt published a definitive reference book, “Many-Body Methods in Chemistry and Physics." Professor Shavitt left a legacy of theoretical chemists.
In Professor Shavitt's honor, each year, there is a weekly workshop on quantum mechanics in chemistry from structure to dynamics. This year’s events were organized by Professor Maytal Caspary Toroker from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.