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While in New Orleans, Hermann was featured with the Dukes of Dixieland, called for by the New Orleans Symphony, and was a regular at the Roosevelt (Fairmont) Hotel, where he backed such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Julie London, and Peggy Lee. Hermann has sided with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Morrow, Wild Bill Davidson, Doc Cheatham, Ellis Marsalis, Spike Robinson, and many other outstanding musicians.
Hermann remains much in demand at clubs and festivals around the country and was chosen the featured trombonist at the Southern California Jazz all-Stars performance in Sacramento in 1986. Al has also played with President Bill Clinton at Vail, Colorado.
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Professional honors are not new to Hermann's success as a physicist. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he received NASA's Outstanding Achievements awards for discovery of the Li-iodine battery used in today's cardiac pacemakers.
While at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), he was member of the team which received an IR100 Award for the copper indium diselenide Solar Cell.
As Professor and Chairman of the Physics Department at the University of Arkansas, he received the American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Scientist Award . In addition, he discovered the thallium cuprate superconductors and was featured in the Wall Street Journal and on CNN.