World-Class Science; World-Wide Asset

Not only is BNL a uniquely valuable local resource as a major contributor to the growth of Long Island’s technology-based economy and as one of New York State’s largest scientific research centers, the Lab also has a huge worldwide impact. This is evidenced by the recent honors awarded to two of our scientists and by the diversity in the attendance at an annual users’ meeting.


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, recently honored Lab physicist and Stony Brook professor Dimitri Kharzeev with the very prestigious Humboldt Research Award. Professor Kharzeev was chosen for this award, which is given to internationally renowned scientists and scholars, for predicting a form of matter that existed in the very early universe. 

"The Humboldt award is a well-deserved recognition of Dima's outstanding achievements as one of the foremost intellectual leaders in theoretical physics at Brookhaven and Stony Brook," said Berndt Mueller, Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics at BNL. 

In June, some 200 scientists from 20 countries trekked to the Lab – from around the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Europe – for four days of workshops and seminars during the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) Users’ Meeting. They discussed new results from an array of particle collisions at RHIC, topics such as proton spin, the Large Hadron Collider, upgrades to the RHIC detectors, and generated ideas for new experiments.


In July, Satoshi Ozaki, BNL senior scientist emeritus, received Japan’s prestigious Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his outstanding contributions in physics and his significant contributions to the promotion of Japan-U.S. cooperation in physics. Ozaki’s work in experimental particle physics and large scale detector development at Brookhaven led to an invitation to direct the construction of the first major high-energy particle collider in Japan. Since 1978, he has been involved in the initiation and oversight of the Agreement on High Energy Physics between the Japanese and U.S. governments and was essential in securing Japanese support for projects related to RHIC, including the PHENIX experiment as well as the partnership between RIKEN—Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research—and Brookhaven for the RIKEN BNL Research Center (RBRC). 

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