Canada’s IPP gets new director
Richard Keeler has been appointed for a five-year term as director of the Institute of Particle Physics of Canada (IPP) after ending his term as chairman of the subatomic grant selection committee of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The institute, which receives its funding from NSERC, is a non-profit-making organization owned by several academic and research institutions throughout the country. It is responsible for the coordination and support of Canadian involvement in subatomic physics research, both within the country and abroad. The institute hires several research scientists who work in these institutions and it has around 150 individual members.
One of the institute’s major roles is to coordinate Canada’s participation in subatomic physics in the world scene. The director represents Canada within such bodies as the Global Science Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the international commitee for future accelerators. The institute also participates in the organization of international conferences, both at home and abroad.
Christoph W Leemann is the new director of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) at Newport News, Virginia. He had served as interim director
following the departure of the founding director, Hermann Grunder, for Argonne (CERN Courier November 2000). Leemann has previously been Jefferson Lab’s deputy
director as well as its associate director for accelerators and a leader of the management team. He came to Jefferson Lab in 1985 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he
had been involved in the design and construction of high-energy accelerators since 1970.
Samios wins Pontecorvo prize
Former Brookhaven director Nicholas Samios has been named as the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Bruno Pontecorvo prize by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Moscow. The prize, which has been awarded annually since 1995, recognizes “the most
significant investigations in elementary particle physics”.
Samios is honoured for contributions both as a researcher and as a scientific
administrator. In particular, he is noted for the discovery of the phi meson and the omega minus hyperon – both crucial in elucidating the
underlying symmetry of hadrons, which ultimately led to the quark model. The award was made at JINR’s scientific council meeting in
Dubna on 18 January.
Institute of Physics makes 2002 awards
Among the 2002 awards from the UK Institute of Physics are the Glazebrook medal and prize to George Kalmus, who is chairman of CERN’s scientific policy committee, for
his leadership and promotion of particle physics in the UK and internationally; the Dirac medal and prize to John Hannay of Bristol for his outstanding contribution to
theoretical physics in the areas of quantum mechanics, classical mechanics and optics; and the Kelvin medal and prize to Peter Kalmus of Queen Mary College, University of
London for his contributions to the public understanding of physics through public talks, lectures and other activities.
The Rutherford medal and prize was awarded to Peter
Dornan of Imperial College, London, David Plane of CERN and Wilbur Venus of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for contributions to the development of
the detectors at CERN’s Large Electron-Positron Collider and for their leadership of the ALEPH, OPAL and DELPHI experiments, respectively. The President’s medal went to Sir
Martin Wood of Oxford Instruments for his contributions to physics and its application, in particular for his entrepreneurial role as founder of Oxford Instruments.
Women on top: Quinn to head APS
SLAC theorist Helen Quinn has been elected vice-president of the American Physical Society (APS) and will begin her term of office next year. She will then become APS president in
2004. She will be only the fourth woman to hold this position.
Originally from Australia, Quinn earned her PhD at Stanford in 1967 and returned to a permanent position in the
SLAC theory group after serving as a postdoctorate student at Harvard. She shared the prestigious 2000 Dirac medal and prize with Howard Georgi and Jogesh Pati for her work on
unified theories of fundamental particles and interactions. Quinn is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
New CERN elections
At the December meeting of CERN’s governing council, Joel Feltesse of Saclay was elected chairman of CERN’s scientific policy committee for one year from 1 January. New
members of the committee are Ken Peach of the UK Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Frank Wilczek of MIT. Both were elected for three years. Within CERN, Thierry Lagrange
was appointed leader of the supplies, procurement and logistics division for three years.