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Annual Users Meeting

June 1-5, 2009
Brookhaven National Laboratory



The 2009 RHIC & AGS Users Meeting

By Jim Sowinski, Indiana University, Bloomington, RHIC & AGS UEC Chair

Name that tune! No not a song but a property of the beam in RHIC. Or at least that is what we hope you will learn by attending the special symposium on accelerator physics scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd as part of the RHIC & AGS Users Meeting this year. Accelerator physics is an exciting field on which all our users rely. We have set up this special symposium to be presented by our colleagues from the Collider-Accelerator Department, so we can all learn more about the RHIC accelerator and the physics that governs it.

The Users Meeting will be held Monday through Friday, June 1-5 this year. The full program and list of workshops can be viewed at the meeting website.

As has been the case for the last few years, Monday and Tuesday will consist of several parallel workshops. Renee Fatemi and Ken Barish have organized an exciting program of 10 different topics of current interest to the RHIC & AGS community. The above-mentioned accelerator symposium will take place on Wednesday. Finally, the main plenary program will be held on Thursday and Friday and include reports on the most recent results and highlights from STAR and PHENIX. We will also hear reports on Run 9 from CAD and the experiments. On Thursday afternoon we have scheduled presentations from lab management and the funding agencies. George Sterman of Stony Brook University has been invited as a special speaker that afternoon to present his perspectives on RHIC science. Following an open forum business meeting of the RHIC & AGS UEC, during which the results of the elections will be announced, we end the program on Friday afternoon with a session on the future of the RHIC & AGS program.

The involvement of our junior colleagues has become a very important part of the meeting. We encourage as many of our young colleagues as possible to attend the meeting and participate in the poster session during the meeting. The thesis awards will be announced Thursday afternoon, and an award for the best poster will be presented on Friday at the Open Forum. A new feature this year will be the opportunity for the thesis and poster award winners to give short talks in the plenary session after the Open Forum. These will be modeled after the successful "flash" talks at Quark Matter this year. And don't miss a special Career Forum, organized by BNL's Association for Students and Postdocs (ASAP) for late Wednesday afternoon.

We urge you to mark you calender for June 1-5 and make your travel plans to attend the annual RHIC/AGS Users meeting. You can register for the meeting at http://www.bnl.gov/rhic_ags/users_meeting/. We look forward to seeing you all there!