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Krishna Kumar received his M.Sc. in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and his Ph.D. in 1990 from Syracuse University. After the Ph.D. he joined Harvard University as a Research Associate and he was appointed Assistant Professor at Princeton University in 1993. He moved to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as Associate Professor in 1999. He became full professor there in 2004. His research has two overarching thrusts: i.) Searches for clues to the dynamics of the early universe via ultra-precise measurements of the properties and interactions of leptons and ii.) Studies of novel low-energy QCD phenomena via sensitive measurements of semi-leptonic weak neutral current amplitudes. The research involves two classes of experiments: precision measurements of scattering reactions with high-energy spin-polarized electron and muon beams, and searches for rare radioactive decays. He currently works on parity-violating electron scattering experiments at Jefferson Laboratory and the EXO double-beta decay experiment.

Jim Misewich received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984. He was postdoctoral fellow and later research staff member at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. In 2002 he joined Brookhaven National Laboratory as Chairman of the Materials Science Department, and in 2005 he continued on as Chairman of the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Sciences Department. He is currently Associate Laboratory Director for Basic Energy Sciences. He is an expert in high sensitivity and ultrafast optical techniques and their application to materials and processes that are relevant to energy conversion and transport. His research interests cover optical and electronic properties of nanoscale carbon, including carbon nanotubes, monolayer and few-layer graphene, and he works on developing heterogeneous nano-structured opto-electronic materials. Jim is one of the recipient of the $10 million Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) award that was granted to Stony Brook in June, 2014

Mike Wilking received his M.S. and Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Since 2009, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada, with an additional JSPS Fellowship at the Kamioka Observatory in Japan. He is a member of several collaborations, including Super-Kamiokande (SuperK), T2K, DUET and MiniBooNE. His main interests are event reconstruction and detector design. He is one of the three co-leaders of the near-detector muon-neutrino physics group at T2K, and he also leads the T2K-SuperK group with two other co-conveners, which oversees the far-detector input into the T2K oscillation analysis. He has developed a new event reconstruction method that significantly enhanced the sensitivity for the recent T2K's first-ever observation of the appearance of electron neutrino from a muon neutrino beam.

2014-08-25

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