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Dima Kharzeev elected AAAS Fellow  
Dmitri Kharzeev was elected AAAS Fellow "for distinguished contributions to the field of theoretical nuclear physics, specifically the understanding of relativistic heavy ion physics."

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science ( ). The new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate on Saturday, 19 February, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dima has been member of our Department since last Fall as a joint BNL/SBU appointee. He was nominated to this prestigious award by our BNL colleagues.

Stony Brook has been ranked 8th worldwide in Hadron Collider research. provides a comprehensive Web resource for science metrics and analysis, combining the newest Science Watch newsletter material, along with regularly updated data from the Web of Science and other resources managed by Thomson Reuters. In November 2010 Stony Brook was ranked in the top 20 institutions in Hadron Collider research: 8th best overall (including national laboratories) and the 3rd best university, see . This is a great recognition of faculty, staff and students working at the RHIC, the Tevatron and the LHC! 
2010-11-30 10:29:13
NRC ranking  
The National Research Council finally released its latest "Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs", The data and the analysis are rather complex, but there is a simple user interface at Follow the link to Physics, and click on "Larger Programs" to see that we are 14th in the Nation.  
2010-10-25 17:02:34
Fred Walter was elected President of the University Senate 
Fred Walter was elected President of the University Senate, . Congratulations!  
2010-10-25 16:45:57
Dzero is doing it again 
As the NYT reported,, the Dzero collaboration in Fermilab found a CP symmetry violation in the mixing of neutral B mesons that differs by 3.2 standard deviations from the Standard Model prediction. (In other words, chances for the data and theory to agree are less than 1 in 500.) The finding will have a major influence on the next generation of of experiments, currently underway at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.

For the last two years Dmitri Tsybychev served as the coordinator of the group that produced this discovery. He made a large contributions to related measurements showing results that are inconsistent with the Standard Model. The Dzero detector was built under the leadership of Paul Grannis, who served as spokesperson (co-spokesperson) for the collaboration from 1983-1996. He had the foresight to insist on building the magnets so that the magnetic fields are reversible. That feature made the current measurement possible.

Here is the link to the Fermilab press release:

and the graphics are at :  
2010-05-20 16:11:25
Laser Teaching Center in the news 
In the May issue of the APS News there is an article about lasers as tools for education and outreach. Our own Laser Teaching Center is prominently featured. Hal Metcalf is quoted, and the photo of James Scholtz (one of our former undergraduate students) illustrates the piece.

There is also a WEB version of the article at .  
2010-05-14 14:46:35
Laszlo Mihaly elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 
The General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences elected Laszlo Mihaly external member of the Academy. The title is for scholars or scientists living in a foreign country, holding a foreign citizenship, yet professing themselves to be Hungarians. His election is a honor to the Department and Stony Brook University as well.  
2010-05-05 13:01:11
2010 US News and World Report ranking 
The US News and World Report's ranking of the graduate programs placed Stony Brook's Department of Physics and Astronomy in the top 25 again, see Our Nuclear Physics program was ranked 4th in the Nation.

If you are interested in the history of ranking of our Department, you may find documents at, including the last US News ranking in 2008.

The NRC ranking, that is supposed to be more authoritative, is still in the making, see:  
2010-04-22 12:40:36

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