More than 100 people, including some of the most prominent scientists from the U.S. and abroad, paid tribute to Draayer's world-wide recognized research and academic achievements, honored during Horizons of Innovative Theories, Experiments, and Supercomputing in Nuclear Physics, or HITES 2012, international conference held June 4 - 7 in the historic New Orleans French Quarter. The conference opening speech was offered by Prof. Michael Cherry (Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, LSU), and the meeting was closed by the director of Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) Physics Division Dr. David Dean. Many Draayer's colleagues from LSU, LA Board of Regents, and Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), as well as family members joined the celebratory ceremony in his honor. The closing speech was offered by Dean Kevin Carman, Dean of LSU's College of Basic Sciences, who acknowledged Draayer's contribution to our university.
The conference was an enormous success and promoted strong inter-disciplinary dialogs. In particular, it brought together not only experts in nuclear theory, but also in experimental nuclear physics, high-energy physics, astrophysics, and, above all, in computer science, as well as leaders of various organizations that deal with present-day challenges on education, science policy, and international outreach.
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