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Project Title: U.S.-Based Electron Ion Collider Science Assessment

PIN: DEPS-BPA-15-01        

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS


Lancaster, James

Subject/Focus Area:  Math, Chemistry and Physics

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   05/26/2017

Dr. Ani Aprahamian - (Co-Chair) - (Co-Chair)
ANI APRAHAMIAN is a professor of experimental nuclear physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. She received her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1986. Dr. Aprahamian’s research focuses on the study of nuclear structure effects (shapes, masses, decay lifetimes, and probabilities) and how they can influence stellar processes. This research is a part of the NSF Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics frontier center, established to address the fate of nuclei under extreme conditions such as accretion disks of binary neutron star systems or shock fronts of core collapse supernovae. The experiments are carried out by studying nuclei via radioactive ion beams at Notre Dame using the TWINSOL facility, the NSCL facility at MSU, the HRIBF facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and ATLAS at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Aprahamian was vice-chair of the Committee on An Assessment and Outlook for Nuclear Physics (the 2010 nuclear physics decadal survey) and was a member of the Committee on Smaller Facilities. She has also served as co-chair of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee’s (NSAC) subcommittee on isotope production and applications, and in the past has been the NSF program director for nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society (APS) and a member of the Science Academy of the Republic of Armenia. She was chair of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics from 2014-16.

Dr. Gordon A. Baym - (Co-Chair) - (Co-Chair)
GORDON BAYM (NAS) is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Baym received his bachelor's degree in physics from Cornell University in 1956, his A.M. in mathematics from Harvard in 1957, and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1960. He joined the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois as an assistant professor in 1963, where he has been since. Professor Baym has been a leader in the study of matter under extreme conditions in astrophysics and nuclear physics. He has made original, seminal contributions to our understanding of neutron stars, relativistic effects in nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, quantum fluids, and most recently, Bose-Einstein condensates. His work is characterized by a superb melding of basic theoretical physics concepts, from condensed matter to nuclear to elementary particle physics. Professor Baym is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (where he served as Chair of the Physics Section from 1995-1998) and the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Hans A. Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society in 2002 "for his superb synthesis of fundamental concepts which have provided an understanding of matter at extreme conditions, ranging from crusts and interiors of neutron stars to matter at ultrahigh temperature," and the Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Dr. Baym has agreed to chair the committee if appointed. He has served on numerous NRC and NAS Committees (in addition to many such committees outside the Academies), including the Board on Physics and Astronomy, the Committee on An Assessment and Outlook for Nuclear Physics, the Committee on AMO2010, the Committee on Burning Plasma Assessment, the Committee on Nuclear Physics, and multiple NAS Class I Membership Committees.

Dr. Christine Aidala
CHRISTINE AIDALA is an associate professor of physics at the University of Michigan. She obtained her bachelor’s in physics from Yale University in 1999 and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2005. She works in experimental high-energy nuclear physics, on the border between nuclear and particle physics. Her research is focused on nucleon structure and quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong force. She is particularly interested in spin-momentum correlations inside the proton, loosely analogous to the quantum electrodynamical spin-orbit and spin-spin couplings in the hydrogen atom. She currently carries out her research as part of two relatively large, international collaborations, working on the fixed-target E906/SeaQuest experiment at Fermilab since 2010 as well as the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab since 2001. She joined the faculty of University of Michigan in 2012. She is a member of the executive committee of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Hadronic Physics and has worked extensively in the field of physics for minority causes and public outreach.

Dr. Peter Braun-Munzinger
PETER BRAUN-MUNZINGER is the Scientific Director of the ExtreMe Matter Institute (EMMI) at GSI. He received his B.S. in physics from Heidelberg University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in 1972. His research focuses on the use of heavy-ion accelerators for studies of nuclear physics. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg in 1976 and was a visiting scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) from 1977-1981. He was the Project Leader of the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) of ALICE at CERN and from 2011 has been the chairman of the ALICE collaboration board. He has been the scientific director of the Extreme Matter Isntitute (EMMI) of the Helmholtz Association since 2008. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Academia Europaea.

Dr. Haiyan Gao
HAIYAN GAO is a professor in physics and the Vice Chancellor for academic affairs at Duke University. She received her B.S. in physics from Tsinghua University in 1989 and her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 1994. Her research interests cover structure of the nucleon, search for QCD exotics, fundamental symmetry studies at low energy, and the developments of polarized targets. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 1994-1996, when she joined the staff at Argonne National Laboratory. She became an Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT in 1997 and was promoted to associate professor in 2002. She joined the physics faculty of Duke in 2002 and became a full professor in 2008. She was named the Henry Newson Professor of Physics in 2012 at Duke. From 2006-2009, she was the Associate Chair for Teaching in Physics at Duke, and was the chair of the department from 2011 to 2014. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society. She has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has given more than 200 invited conference talks, seminars and colloquia. She chaired and co-chaired many workshops and conferences, has served on many international advisory committees and panels, and a number of editorial boards of journals.

Dr. Kawtar Hafidi
KAWTAR HAFIDI is the associate chief scientist for Laboratory Directed Research and Development at Argonne National Laboratory. She received her B.S. in theoretical physics from Mohammed V University in Morocco in 1995 and her Ph.D. in physics from Paris Sud University in France in 1999. She condcuts experimental research into QCD in the strong (non-perturbative) regime. She was a postdoctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratory from 1999 to 2002 and eventually became an assistant and full physicist in 2002 and 2006 respectively. She was named the associate chief scientist in 2015. From 2013-2014 she was a detailee to the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics. She conducts her experiments at Jefferson Lab, DESY, and Fermilab. She is a member of the American Physical Society and the Association of Women in Science, as well as chair of the CLAS Collaboration Nuclear Physics Working Group.

Dr. Wick C. Haxton
WICK HAXTON (NAS) is a professor of physics at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Haxton received his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1976. His research interests include neutrino physics, nuclear astrophysics, tests of fundamental symmetries, and many-body theory. He spent most of his early research career in the Los Alamos Theory Division, where he was a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow and later a staff member. He moved to the University of Washington in 1984 as Professor and, for 15 years, was director of the Department of Energy’s Institute for Nuclear Theory there. In 2009 he joined UC Berkeley as Professor of Physics and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Senior Faculty Scientist. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He received the Hans Bethe Prize from the APS in 2004. He has held visiting fellowships from the Guggenheim, Miller, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundations and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Dr. John Jowett
JOHN JOWETT is a senior accelerator physicist at CERN. He graduated with a BSc in mathematical physics from the University of Edinburgh in 1976 and received his Ph.D. in mathematical and theoretical physics from Cambridge University in 1980. He joined CERN to take up particle accelerator physics in 1980. While working on the LEP project, he developed a special interest in the effects of strong synchrotron radiation on high energy electron beams. He contributed to the feasibility study of the LHC in 1983 and worked on many aspects of LEP and other e+e- colliders until the late 1990s. He designed and commissioned the LEP “pretzel” luminosity upgrade. In 2003 he took responsibility for heavy ion beams in the LHC and soon showed that, contrary to expectations, proton-lead collisions were feasible in the LHC. Under his leadership, the LHC has considerably exceeded its design luminosity for both lead-lead and proton-lead collisions. He has supervised a number of students and served on many international advisory and review committees. He is a Fellow of the APS, past Chair of the ICFA Beam Dynamics Panel, present member of the High Energy and Particle Physics Board of the European Physical Society and previously chaired the Collider-Accelerator Department’s Machine Advisory Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Dr. Larry McLerran
LARRY MCLERRAN is the Director of the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington. He received his B.S. in physics from University of Washington in 1971 and his Ph.D. in 1975. His research focuses on hot and dense matter and high energy nuclear physics. He was Theory Group Leader at the Brookhaven Research Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 2003-2015. Previously, he had worked as a research associate at SLAC and MIT and has taught at University of Washington, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics. He has received numerous accolades and awards. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow in 1983. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Prize in 1988 and the Brookhaven Science and Technology Award in 2007, among others. He has served on numerous committees, including the DOE’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee.

Dr. Zein-Eddine Meziani
ZINE-EDDINE MEZIANI is a professor of physics at Temple University. He earned his bachelor's degree in theoretical physics from the University of Algiers, and his master's and doctoral degrees in nuclear and particle physics from the University of Paris. Meziani joined Temple from Stanford University in 1993 and has become a leading researcher in trying to understand the spin structure of the proton and neutron. He conducts the majority of his research at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory in Newport News, VA. He co-chaired a 2007 town meeting to help set the priorities of the DOE’s Division of Nuclear Physics, and was at the forefront of the effort to upgrade the Jefferson Lab’s Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has published numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Richard G. Milner
RICHARD MILNER is a professor of physics at MIT and director of MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS). He received his B.Sc. in 1978 and his M.Sc. in 1979 in physics from the University College, Cork, Ireland, and his Ph.D., also in physics, in 1984 from the California Institute of Technology, where he was a research fellow from 1985 to 1988. He joined the MIT faculty in 1988, where he served as director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center, and director of MIT's Laboratory for Nuclear Science. His lifetime research efforts have concentrated on understanding the spin structure of strongly interacting systems, particularly the spin structure of the nucleon. At the MIT BATES Linear Accelerator Center, he has led the construction of a new large detector, the Bates Large Acceptance Spectrometer Toroid (BLAST). Dr. Milner has held many important positions in international science. He is regularly chair or member of science review panels for the National Science Foundation, the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the DOE Nuclear Science Advisory Committee. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005 and chair of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the Society in 2007. He has held positions on the editorial board of Physical Review and been editor of the European Physical Journal.

Dr. Thomas Schaefer
THOMAS SCHAEFER is a professor of physics at North Carolina State University, a member of the Nuclear Theory Group at North Carolina State, and a former fellow at the RIKEN-BNL Research Center. He received his bachelor’s in physics at the University of Giessen in 1989 and his Ph.D. from the University of Regensburg in 1992. His work is focused on QCD, many body effects in atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, as well as transport theory. From 1998-1999 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton before joining the Faculty at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor in 2000. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2003 and joined the faculty of North Carolina State University the same year. He was promoted to full professor in 2006. From 2000-2004 he was also a fellow at the Riken-BNL research center at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Schaefer received a Fedor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1992, an Outstanding Junior Investigator Award from the Department of Energy in 2002, and was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2006. He serves as an associate editor of Physical Review Letters.

Dr. Ernst Sichtermann
ERNST SICHTERMANN is a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his masters in physics from Utrecht University and his Ph.D. in physics from Vrije Unversiteit Amsterdam in 2001 on research performed with the Spin Muon Collaboration at CERN. He then took a postdoctoral position at Yale University, where he studied the precision measurement of the anomalous magnetic moment of positive and negative muons with experiment E821 at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a division fellow in 2003 and was promoted to senior scientist in early 2009. At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he pursues spin measurements in collisions of high-energy polarized protons with the STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and its collaboration, of which he is currently a deputy spokesperson. Recent STAR data have revealed that gluon polarization forms an essential part of nucleon spin structure and that the polarizations of anti-quarks are flavor-asymmetric.

Prof. Michael S. Turner
MICHAEL TURNER (NAS) is the Bruce V. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at University of Chicago and director of the PFC and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP). He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1978. Dr. Turner's research focuses on the application of modern ideas in elementary particle theory to cosmology and astrophysics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a leading proponent of the theory of the origin of the universe known as the Cold Dark Matter Theory. From 2004-2006 Dr. Turner was the assistant director for mathematical and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation. He chaired the National Academies’ Committee on the Physics of the Universe, which in 2003 published the report, “Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos.” He has served on numerous other National Academies committees, including the Committee on Astro2010 (the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey committee).

Dr. Lia Merminga
LIA MERMINGA is the Associate Laboratory Director, Accelerator Directorate, at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a position she has held since 2015. She was also recently appointed Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics and of Photon Science at SLAC and Stanford University. She began her career as a scientist at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Dr. Merminga moved to the East Coast in 1992, joining Jefferson Lab as a Staff Scientist. She was Deputy Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies of Accelerators from 2001 to 2002 and accepted the role of Director in May 2002. In 2008 she was appointed to be the Head of the TRIUMF Accelerator Division in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Merminga holds a B.S. from the University of Athens in Greece. She also holds a M.Sc. in physics, M.Sc. in mathematics and Ph.D. in physics, all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has worked in advanced accelerator physics for 20 years, specializing in the physics and technology of energy recovery linear accelerators (linacs), high average power free-electron laser, linac-ring colliders, multibunch instabilities in recirculating linacs, radiofrequency (RF) control and modeling, and nonlinear dynamics. She is internationally known for her contributions to the designs of potential applications of energy recovery linacs. She has taught courses at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Merminga served on two previous National Academies committees.