KICP Workshops, 2011
BruceFest: Bruce Winstein Symposium
January 28, 2011 | 8:45 AM | Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Auditorium
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Bruce D. Winstein,
Samuel K. Allison Distinguished Service Professor, Dept. of Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College

In more than 35 years at the University of Chicago, Bruce has had numerous research achievements including the observation of direct CP violation and state of the art CMB polarization measurements. He led the formation of Chicago's Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. He has also mentored dozens of graduate students and postdocs. Please join us for a symposium and dinner to honor Bruce.
Ed Blucher
Henry Frisch
Stephan Meyer
Jim Pilcher
Mel Shochet
Yau Wah

8:45 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast, In Cloister Club
9:00 AM
Welcome and Introduction, Ed Blucher, Chairman, Department of Physics, The University of Chicago
9:05 AM
Welcome, Bob Fefferman, The University of Chicago
9:15 AM
"CP Violation in the Neutral K Meson System: The Prehistory", James W. Cronin, The University of Chicago
9:50 AM
"The Quest for Direct CP Violation - A Chicago Student's Perspectives in the 80's", Ritchie Patterson, Cornell University
10:25 AM
AM Coffee Break, In Cloister Club
11:00 AM
"Matter Versus Antimatter", Fred Gilman, Carnegie Mellon University
11:35 AM
"Why Kobayashi and Maskawa Received the Nobel Prize", Konrad Kleinknecht, Universitat Mainz
12:15 PM
Lunch, In Cloister Club
1:45 PM
"Bruce, the Cosmological Physicist", Michael Turner, The University of Chicago
2:25 PM
"CMB Polarization: Tackling the Weak(est) Force", Suzanne Staggs, Princeton University
3:00 PM
PM Coffee Break In Lobby
3:30 PM
"Antonioni's Surrealist Impulse", Ted Perry, Middlebury College
5:00 PM
Cocktail Hour In Cloister Club and Lobby
6:00 PM
Dinner In Cloister Club
7:00 PM
Brief remarks


Related Links:
KICP Members: James W. Cronin; Suzanne Staggs; Michael S. Turner; Bruce D. Winstein
Scientific projects: CAPMAP; Q/U Imaging ExperimenT (QUIET)

Jonathan Rosner Symposium
March 31 - April 1, 2011 | Kersten Physics Teaching Center (KPTC)
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Jonathan L. Rosner, KICP associate.

Organizers: Carlos E. M. Wagner, Emil J. Martinec, James W. Cronin

Jon Rosner is Retiring!

We cordially invite you to celebrate Jon Rosner on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College at The University of Chicago. Jon is known for his deep and wide contributions to theoretical investigations of heavy flavor, W and Z boson physics, gauge theories, and applications of the quark model. In the world of experiment, Jon is also known as an exceptionally effective and subtle experimentalist, as well as a true expert in analog and digital electronics. In both areas, Jon is a distinguished and award-winning teacher. (Indeed, if it weren't for this we would be sure that there had to be at least two Jon Rosners, given the breadth and productivity). Please join us in honoring Jon, and to celebrate him and Joy.

Jim Alexander (Cornell), David Asner (PNNL), Ed Berger (ANL), Ed Blucher (Chicago), Marcela Carena (Chicago/Fermilab), Peter Freund (Chicago), Henry Frisch (Chicago), Chris Hill (Fermilab), Emil Martinec (Chicago), Jim Napolitano (Rensselaer), Mark Oreglia (Chicago), Carlos Wagner (Chicago/Argonne)

Symposium Schedule
April 1, 2011 in RI 480
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Welcome from the EFI Director Emil Martinec, Chicago
9:10 AM - 9:35 AM
"The Passage from Cosmic Rays to Subatomic Physics", Jim Cronin, Chicago
9:40 AM - 10:05 AM
"Searching for Charm", Mary K. Gaillard, Berkeley
10:10 AM - 10:35 AM
"Jon the Quantum Mechanic", Chris Quigg, Fermilab
10:45 AM - 11:05 AM
11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
"Ordinary and Extraordinary Hadrons", Bob Jaffe, MIT
11:40 AM - 12:05 PM
"New Heavy Gauge Bosons in p p and p pbar Colliders", Paul Langacker, IAS
12:10 PM - 12:35 PM
"Teaching Labs with Jon", Van Bistrow, Chicago
12:40 PM - 1:45 PM
1:45 PM - 1:55 PM
Welcome from the Provost Thomas Rosenbaum
2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
"Jon the Educator", Rick Robinett, Penn State
2:30 PM - 2:55 PM
"Atomic Parity Violation: History and Update", Bill Marciano, BNL
3:00 PM - 3:25 PM
"The CLEO Experiment", Peter Onyisi, Chicago
3:25 PM - 3:45 PM
3:50 PM - 4:15 PM
"Jon's Contributions to KEK", Masa Yamauchi, KEK
4:20 PM - 4:45 PM
"Physics with B-mesons", Michael Gronau, Technion
4:50 PM - 5:20 PM
Remarks and Rebuttal Jon Rosner
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Quad Club
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Related Links:
KICP Members: James W. Cronin; Emil J. Martinec; Jonathan L. Rosner; Carlos E. M. Wagner

Cosmological Non-Gaussianity: Observations Confront Theory Workshop
May 13 - 15, 2011 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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The workshop is supported jointly by the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP) at the University of Michigan, and Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago. We expect attendance by about 50 worldwide leaders in the field of non-Gaussianity.

Constraining and detecting primordial non-Gaussianity are some of the most fundamental and important tests of the cosmological model. While standard inflation predicts little or no Gaussianity, various inflationary models that predict a potentially observable level of non-Gaussianity have been proposed. Improved limits on nongaussianity would rule out some of these models; conversely, a robust detection of primordial non-Gaussianity would provide invaluable new information about the nature of physical processes in the early universe.
Recently there has been resurgence of interest in non-Gaussianity. Limits from existing data in the cosmic microwave background have already improved by two orders of magnitude between the COBE and WMAP satellite data. Estimates show that another one or two orders-of-magnitude improvement is possible once data from upcoming wide-field galaxy surveys are combined with Planck's CMB data. Along these lines, there was a flurry of activity recently by both theorists and data analysts in predicting and classifying the various nongaussian signals, and learning how to extract them from the current or future data.
We plan to bring together theorists and data analysts in this 3-day workshop on primordial non-Gaussianity to consolidate the recent progress and discuss future efforts.

Plaque to honor Bruce Winstein's contributions to the Fermilab
June 1, 2011 | 4:55 PM | Fermilab
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Bruce D. Winstein
Dear colleagues,
Fermilab has prepared a plaque to honor Bruce Winstein's contributions to the Laboratory and the field. We plan to unveil the plaque on Wednesday, June 1st with Joan Winstein and we would like to invite you to attend the ceremony.

We hope to see many of you at this ceremony.
Best regards,
Pier Oddone and Young-Kee Kim

The program includes:
4:55 pm at the Ramsey Auditorium
Ed Blucher's presentation on Bruce's accomplishments (25') - this is part of Fermilab Annual Users' meeting.
5:30 pm at the 10th floor of Wilson Hall
Unveil the plague, followed by a Champagne Toast to celebrate Bruce's contributions to the field.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Bruce D. Winstein

Detectors/Super Sensing, Yerkes Summer Institute
August 7 - 13, 2011 | Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, WI
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Photo Gallery

Organizer: Randall H. Landsberg

The 2011 Yerkes Summer Institute focused on detectors and the impact these devices have had in enhancing humanity's ability to understand the universe. Taking traditional photography, high-speed and time-lapse photography, and active sonic imaging as examples, students spent a week exploring how these technologies have extended human memory, opened the time domain, and illuminated the world at beyond-visual-range. Over the course of the institute, students built their own detectors and learned to interpret their detections. They gained a hands-on understanding of how their instruments worked and came to grips with fundamental questions regarding the relationships between inputs and outputs and the distorting effects of error.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg

19th International Conference on Supersymmetry and Unification of Fundamental Interactions
August 28 - September 2, 2011 | Fermilab Batavia, Illinois USA
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Organizers: Scott Dodelson, Daniel Hooper, Edward W. Kolb, Angela V. Olinto, Michael S. Turner, Carlos E. M. Wagner, Lian-Tao Wang

Scientific Program
The program will cover the latest theoretical and experimental developments related to supersymmetry and other physics Beyond the Standard Model. The latest Tevatron and LHC results will be presented and discussed, fresh from Lepton-Photon the previous week.

Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology Day at the KICP
Wednesday, August 31, of SUSY11 (including the Conference Dinner) will be held at the University of Chicago, and is co-supported by the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Bus transportation will be provided and no separate registration is needed as this day is part of SUSY11.

A separate informal pre-SUSY meeting will be held at the University of Chicago Wednesday, Aug 24 though Friday, Aug 26. The chair of the pre-SUSY organizers is Carlos Wagner.

LPC event
On the afternoon of Thursday, September 1, the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab will provide a special event, giving theorists an inside look at LHC physics.

We have reserved rooms at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles at very favorable rates. A tiered selection of rooms will be available, including family rooms and the possibility to share rooms. Free wireless will be available in all rooms. There is a good selection of restaurants in the resort complex and within walking distance. Bus transportation will be provided to Fermilab, and the resort offers shuttle service in the local area, including the METRA station connecting to Chicago.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner will be held the evening of Wednesday August 31 at the Adler Planetarium on the lakefront in Chicago. As per DOE regulations, there will be a separate (optional) charge for the dinner.

SUSY11 International Advisory Committee
Ignatios Antoniadis (CERN), Mirjam Cvetic (U. Pennsylvania), Wim de Boer (U. Karlsruhe), Athanasios Dedes (U. Ioannina), Keith Dienes (U. Arizona), Herbi Dreiner (U. Bonn), John Ellis (CERN), Jonathan Feng (UC Irvine), Gian Giudice (CERN), Howard Haber (UC Santa Cruz), Kaoru Hagiwara (KEK), Gordon Kane (U. Michigan), Pyungwon Ko (KIAS), Paul Langacker (U. Penn), Rabindra Mohapatra (U. Maryland), Pran Nath (Northeastern U.), Peter Zerwas (U. Aachen)

SUSY11 Local Organizing Committee
Marcela Carena (FNAL/UC) co-chair, Scott Dodelson (FNAL), Aimee Giles (UC), Richard Hill (UC), Daniel Holz (UC), Dan Hooper (FNAL), Rocky Kolb (UC), Ian Low (Northwestern/Argonne), Joe Lykken (FNAL) co-chair, Frank Merritt (UC), Angela Olinto (UC), Cynthia Sazama (FNAL), Mel Shochet (UC), Michael Turner (UC), Carlos Wagner (UC/Argonne), Lian-Tao Wang (UC), Mark Wyman (UC)

Related Links:
KICP Members: Scott Dodelson; Daniel Hooper; Edward W. Kolb; Angela V. Olinto; Michael S. Turner; Carlos E. M. Wagner; Lian-Tao Wang

PFC3 Collaboration Meeting
September 26, 2011 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room
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PFC holds a kick off meeting with 40 co-investigators, key collaborators, executive committee members and KICP Fellows attending. The purpose of the all-day meeting was to get the Pushing Cosmology to the Edge PFC off to a quick start.

Meeting agenda:
8:00AM - 8:45AM
8:45AM - 9:45AM
Welcome: Michael Turner and John E. Carlstrom
9:45AM - 10:10AM
Conferences, Workshops, and Visitors: Angela Olinto and Lian-Tao Wang
10:10AM - 10:35AM
10:35AM - 11:00AM
Education, Outreach, and Diversity: Daniel Holz and Randall Landsberg
11:00AM - 11:25AM
Fellows: Daniel Holz and Stephan Meyer
11:25AM - 11:50AM
Detector Development: Paolo Privitera
11:50AM - 12:15PM
Dark Energy: Joshua Frieman and Wayne Hu
12:15PM - 1:30PM
1:30PM - 1:55PM
Dark Matter: Juan Collar and Edward Kolb
1:55PM - 2:20PM
Inflation: John Carlstrom and Scott Dodelson
2:20PM - 2:45PM
Computational Cosmology: Andrey Kravtsov
2:45PM - 3:15PM
3:15PM - 4:30PM
MA Break-out groups
4:30PM - 6:00

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Juan I. Collar; Scott Dodelson; Joshua A. Frieman; Katrin Heitmann; Craig J. Hogan; Daniel E. Holz; Daniel Hooper; Wayne Hu; Richard Kessler; Edward W. Kolb; Andrey V. Kravtsov; Randall H. Landsberg; Stephan S. Meyer; Angela V. Olinto; Paolo Privitera; Kathryn K. Schaffer; Mark Subbarao; Michael S. Turner; Carlos E. M. Wagner; Lian-Tao Wang

Up!: Thrust, Buoyancy, and Drag, Yerkes Winter Institute
December 27 - 29, 2011 | Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, WI
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Photo Gallery

Organizer: Randall H. Landsberg

The 2011 Yerkes Winter institute focused on things that float and fly: rockets and balloons. The students found scaling relations in order estimate the answer to questions such as:
  • How many helium balloons would it take to lift a Space Shuttle?
  • How much pressure is required to launch a pressurized rocket into the Jet Stream?
  • At what airspeed does drag become important for a rocket?
The students gained first-hand experience in the art/science of figuring out which assumptions are appropriate when making approximations.

Instructors: Alissa Bans, Nicole Fields, Walter Glogowski, Sean Johnson, Christopher Kelso, Randy Landsberg, Amol Upadhye.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg; Amol Upadhye
KICP Students: Alissa Bans; Nicole Fields; Christopher M. Kelso