Ágnes Mócsy, a theoretical physicist and tenured associate professor at Pratt Institute, one of the world’s prestigious art and design universities, hopes to convey the sense of awe she experienced as a grad student working on research at RHIC.
I am now one of you, having retired from BNL at the end of December. I am confident RHIC progress and affairs are being left in very capable hands under Berndt Mueller as the new ALD and Thomas Roser and Tom Ludlam continuing in their roles as Chairs of the Collider-Accelerator and Physics Departments, respectively.
Shortly after the midnight of June 28, 2012, I walked out of the PHENIX counting house and made sure that the last PHENIX shift crew for Run-12 safely exited the PHENIX site and the doors were securely locked. To me, this marked as the official ending point of a superb PHENIX operation in RHIC Run-12.
The 2012 Hot Quarks workshop for young scientists on the physics of ultrarelativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions took place October 14-20 in Copamarina, Puerto Rico. It was well attended by students and young Ph.D.'s from both the theory community as well as experimentalists from RHIC, the LHC, and Jefferson Lab's CEBAF.
As most of you are aware, there is currently a Subpanel of NSAC, chaired by Bob Tribble, which is charged to make recommendations aimed to “optimize the overall nuclear science program over the next five years (FY 2014-2018)” under funding scenarios far more constrained than those assumed in the 2007 Long Range Plan.
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