Her fellowship nomination was from the scholarly society’s Topical Group on Soft Matter.
The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in The American Physical Society.
Yang was cited for her “contributions to the geometric design and controlled assembly of soft matter.” Some of her most innovative work in those fields — learning to mimic the light-controlling structures that allow giant clams to efficiently farm algae inside their bodies—was recently featured in The Atlantic.