Short news items of interest to the RHIC/AGS community.
Fourth Annual PHENIX Spinfest and School
Kensuke Okada and Christine Aidala report that the 4th annual PHENIX Spinfest is currently underway at BNL. Since 2005, the PHENIX Spin Physics Working Group has set aside several weeks each summer for the purposes of training and integrating recent members of the working group as well as coordinating and making rapid progress on support tasks and data analysis. One week is dedicated to more formal didactic lectures by outside speakers. The location has so far alternated between BNL and the RIKEN campus in Wako, Japan, with support provided by RBRC and LANL. This year's PHENIX Spinfest School will take place the mornings of August 4-8 in the Small Seminar Room. All are welcome.
- August 4-5, 9 a.m.
Introduction to pQCD
George Sterman, Stony Brook
- August 6-7, 9 a.m.
The Transverse Spin Structure of the Nucleon
Mauro Anselmino, INFN and University of Torino
- August 7, 10:30 a.m.
Acceleration of Polarized Protons
Mei Bai, BNL
- August 8, 9 a.m.
Nucleon Structure and Lattice QCD
John Negele, MIT
Sambamurti Memorial Lecture
The Sambamurti Memorial Lecture was presented by Christine Aidala on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in the Large Seminar Room in the Physics Department. Her subject was "The whole story behind a half: The quest to understand the proton's spin." Aditya Sambamurti was an experimental high energy physicist who was working on AGS experiment 787 when he died of cancer. More information about Adit and the lectureship in his memory is here.
Creutz Awarded Wick Medal
Tom Ludlam writes that Mike Creutz is the recipient of the 2008 Gian Carlo Wick Gold Medal Award given by the World Federation of Scientists.
The citation reads, "For his initial formulation and subsequent development of lattice quantum chromodynamics (LQCD)... The success of LQCD represents a milestone in the progress of physics as well as in our ability to harness the complexity of nonlinear quantum field equations."