Carnegie Mellon University
October 10, 2017

American Physical Society’s Division of Nuclear Physics Comes to Pittsburgh for Annual Meeting

Meeting Locally Organized by CMU Professor Reinhard Schumacher Features Lecture by Nobel Laureate David Gross

By Emily Payne

Jocelyn Duffy

About 800 of the country’s leading nuclear and particle physics researchers and students will come to Pittsburgh Oct. 25-28 for the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) Fall Meeting, held in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, downtown.

“We are delighted to host this annual meeting of experts and talented students of nuclear and particle physics in Pittsburgh,” said Reinhard Schumacher, professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the meeting’s local organizing committee.

Nobel Laureate David Gross will give the meeting’s first plenary talk. Gross won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for his contributions to the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction. This discovery led to the theory of quantum chromodynamics, which is essential to the standard model of physics.

The four-day event will feature more than 550 technical presentations on topics ranging from hadronic reactions and structure to fundamental symmetries, rare isotopes and nuclear astrophysics. A special presentation by Carnegie Mellon Professor of Psychology Marcel Just will discuss his fMRI brain imaging studies that show how the brain encodes physics concepts.

The 20th annual Conference Experience for Undergraduates (CEU) will run parallel to the DNP Meeting, giving undergraduate physics students from around the country the chance to experience a large scientific meeting and present their research. CEU will host several events throughout the meeting, including seminars, a graduate school information session, a mini symposium and a poster session, where about 200 students will present their research.  

Prior to the conference, on Oct. 24, APS will host a women’s professional skills workshop, offering women physicists professional training in effective negotiation and communication skills and a special opportunity for networking.

Members of the local organizing committee for the DNP meeting include Schumacher, Gregg Franklin, Curtis Meyer, Colin Morningstar, Diana Parno and Brian Quinn from Carnegie Mellon; Fatiha Benmokhtar from Duquesne University; Michael McCracken from Washington and Jefferson College; and Eric Swanson for the University of Pittsburgh.

Conference attendance is by registration only. While in Pittsburgh, David Gross will give a separate public lecture The Future of Fundamental Physics at the University of Pittsburgh, University Club, Ballroom B, on Oct. 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.