Edwin Munevar successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Photon Beam Asymmetry Measurement from the γ + n –> K+ + Σ- Reaction” on 17 October 2013. Here’s a picture taken right afterwards. From left: Prof. Frank Lee (presiding), Prof. Steffen Strauch (external examiner, University of South Carolina), Prof. Allena Opper (reader), Prof. Gerald Feldman (adviser), Edwin Munevar, Dr. Pawel Nadel-Turonski (adviser, Jefferson Laboratory), Prof. Andrei Alexandru (reader), and Prof. Bill Parke (examiner).
Edwin is the last PhD student directed by the late Professor Barry Berman. Barry’s life had an impact on all the people involved in these proceedings and he was fondly remembered.
Professors Gerald Feldman (Nuclear Experiment) and Harald W. Griesshammer (Nuclear Theory) appeared in a Today-In-History segment by Voice of America China on the Einstein-Szilard letter and the making of the first Atomic Bomb. Now they know the official transcripts of their names and affiliation into Mandarin. The complete segment is at http://www.voachinese.com/media/all/latest.html?z=1907; scroll forward to time-mark 13’:36”.
A recent publication by Prof. Harald W. Griesshammer has been selected for abstracting in the “Highlights” section of Europhysics News, the member journal of the European Physical Society: see this link. It discusses the sensitivity of polarisation observables in deuteron Compton scattering on the so-far ill-determined polarisabilities of the neutron. This publication and another of his have also been chosen as cover of the European Physics Journal A, Vol. 49, issues 1 and 8. The first one provides the thus-far most accurate determinations of the proton polarisabilities from a comprehensive theoretical analysis of Compton scattering experiments and was also cited by the Particle Data Group, 2013 edition.