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International Conference To Be Held In Honor of LSU Professor

06/04/2012 08:50 AM

BATON ROUGE – Roy P. Daniels Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Distinguished Research Master Jerry Draayer will be 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.

More than 100 participants, from the U.S. and abroad, will convene in the Big Easy to pay tribute to Draayer’s research and academic achievements. Attendees will include prominent nuclear physicists, computer scientists and numerous young emerging scientists.

The HITES 2012 conference will cover cutting-edge science and will represent a unique synergy of topics related to Draayer’s outstanding research in theoretical and experimental nuclear physics, fundamental physics and high-performance computing. Presentations will focus on the quest to further understand fundamental properties of nature; physics of quarks/gluons and neutrinos; structure and reactions of nuclei; further studies of exotic nuclei and evolution of the universe; as well as the latest advances in computer science.

On June 4 at 5:30 p.m., Draayer will offer a public lecture, an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to hear about a fascinating era of exceptional achievements and awaiting discoveries in nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics and supercomputing. The lecture includes talks on education, science policy and international outreach.

Draayer is the president and CEO of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, or SURA, a group of more than 60 research universities in the Southern United States. SURA manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility — Jefferson Lab — for the Department of Energy. The nuclear physics research facility provides diverse capabilities for a community of approximately 1,300 researchers from 280 institutions worldwide.

Draayer has been an LSU faculty member for more than 30 years and served as chair of the Physics & Astronomy Department, vice president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Council for the College of Basic Sciences and holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of Computer Science. Draayer sponsored 17 long-term/sabbatical visitors, 15 postdoctoral associates, and 17 Ph.D. candidates, along with a complement of M.S. students.

He has also received numerous awards and distinctions, including LSU Distinguished Research Master in Engineering, Science & Technology in 2007; Francis G. Slack Fellow (American Physical Society, Southeastern Section) in 2006; LSU Roy P. Daniels Professor of Physics & Astronomy in 2002, along with many others.

Professional services include associate editor of several professional journals, conference organizing committees, external reviewer on various national and international committees and referee for a wide variety of proposals and journals. Draayer served as principal investigator on many NSF and DOE proposals yielding more than $25 million in awarded grants. He is the co-author of four books, publisher of more than 250 regular refereed journal articles and is regularly invited to lecture at national and international scientific conferences which have resulted in an additional 200 publications.

Draayer earned a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics in 1968 and a B.S. in physics and electrical engineering in 1964, from Iowa State University.

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