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Virginia Tech to Host Heavy Quarks and Leptons

The Center for Neutrino Physics, the Department of Physics and the College of Science will host the XIIIth International Conference on Heavy Quarks and Leptons from May 22nd through 27th, 2016.

Heavy Quarks and Leptons (or HQL for short) is dedicated to the study of the heavy quarks charm, bottom, and top with obvious extensions to interesting topics involving the strange quark. Neutrino oscillation studies and new insights in μ and τ lepton phenomenology are also included. The conference continues the tradition of regular scientific meetings, first started in 1993 at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati under the name "Heavy Quarks at Fixed Target", and widened in 2002 to include leptons with the workshop renamed to what it is known as today.

The conference will bring together scientists from four continents. More than 75 pleanary talks are schedule over the week long conference.

Exploring the Intersection of Neutrinos and Strings

In June of this year, Professors Anderson and Gray will speak at the Neutrino Physics/Unification workshop: "From Grand Unification to String Theory and Back" in Lead, South Dakota. This workshop is part of a summer program organized by the Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas (CETUP). The workshop aims to bring together scientists interested in the interplay between high energy theory and neutrino phenomenology to help stimulate further interaction between these two fields.

Virginia Tech professors Lara Anderson and James Gray.

CNP Scientists to Share 2016 Breakthrough Prize

      The 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded collectively to five experimental collaborations that made key contributions to the study of neutrino oscillations, a group which includes CNP members Patrick Huber, Jonathan Link, Camillo Mariani, and Leo Piilonen. Accoring to the citation the award was presented "for the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics." The Breakthrough Prize was founded by internet pioneers Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma, Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge.
      The awards were presented in a Hollywood style awards ceremony in Silicon Valley hosted by Seth MacFarland. Huber, Link and Piilonen share in the award for their work on the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment along with former Virginia Tech group members Yuen-Keung Hor, Yue Meng, Deb Mohapatra and Jo Ellen Morgan. Mariani shares for his work on the K2K Experiment. Each will receive a share of the $3 million prize.

Virginia Tech professors Patrick Huber, Jonathan Link Camillo Mariani and Leo Piilonen will each share in the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

CNP to Hire New Faculty in Experimental Particle Physics

      The Department of Physics and Center for Neutrino Physics at Virginia Tech are seeking candidates for a tenure-track position in the areas of experimental particle and nuclear physics. The Center has existing experimental research strengths in neutrino physics, heavy-flavor physics, weak interaction physics, and nucleon structure physics. Candidates who would complement or extend existing research areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
      The Center for Neutrino Physics has a variety of experimental and theoretical research initiatives, and runs the Kimballton Underground Research Facility (KURF) as a resource for the wider neutrino and low-background research community. In addition to neutrinos, the work of the Center's members includes electron scattering physics, e+e- collider physics, particle astrophysics, and string theory. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physics or a closely related field, and postdoctoral experience. Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Search Committee via Ms. Erin Rust at hepsearch2015@phys.vt.edu. [Tel: (540) 231-8743].
      For further information and to apply for this position please go to https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/58844.


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Patrick Huber discusses his recent paper on monitoring Iran's nuclear reactor using neutrinos with WVTF radio. Listen to the interview here.


Camillo Mariani, of the Center for Neutrino Physics, has been named as the recipient of a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Prof. Mariani's award will support his research on neutrino interactions in matter and create a QuarkNet center at Virginia Tech to attract high school teachers and students, with initial emphasis on neutrino physics.

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