SMU to host international particle physics workshop April 27-May 1, 2015

DIS 2015 Dallas Hall oculus-splash logoMore than 300 of the world’s leading experts on particle physics are about to converge on Dallas for one of the discipline’s most important annual gatherings. The 2015 International Workshop on Deep-Inelastic Scattering and Related Subjects (DIS), held annually in a world-class city, will be hosted by SMU April 27-May 1, 2015,

A public panel will kick off the workshop week on Sunday, April 26. Steve Sekula, SMU assistant professor of physics, will host fellow physicists Joe Izen of UT-Dallas, Pat Skubic of the University of Oklahoma and Chris Jackson of UT-Arlington for “If the Universe is the Answer…What is the Question?” at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and parking directions, contact the Department of Physics, 214-768-2495.

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SMU physicists are active in several major international scientific consortia on particle physics experiments, including one of the most notable – the Large Hadron Collider. The 23rd annual DIS workshop brings these scientists together to discuss both the results from current experiments and the theoretical advances that will guide the future.

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For the Record: Dec. 4, 2009

Philip Van Keuren, 'Allee II Woman III'Philip Van Keuren, Art, Meadows School of the Arts, is featured in a current exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a noted Dallas gallery of contemporary art. The exhibition, titled “Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper, 1969-2009,” features a selection of his collages, drawings and photographs and will be on view at The Mac through Dec. 19. Recently, he was interviewed on WRR-FM’s “Art Matters” about his artistic work and his career. (Right, a section of Van Keuren’s 2009 diptych Allee II Woman III, Iris print.)

SMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three 2009 Frederick H. Teahan Awards at the PRSSA National Conference held in San Diego in November. The team won a total of $800, as well as two plaques and a trophy. Entries for the Teahan awards are submitted from among the 300 PRSSA chapters at colleges and universities nationwide. SMU won in every category it entered.

The University received top honors for Outstanding Chapter Development and Outstanding PRSA/PRSSA Chapter Relationship. Faculty adviser Christy Baily-Byers, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for her “dedication and creative chapter guidance, effective student motivation, exceptional contributions to public relations education, supportive chapter advocacy and representation within the academic department and with the PRSA sponsoring chapter and its members.”

Steve Sekula, Physics, Dedman College, has been named to membership in the BaBar Collaboration, a group of about 600 physicists and engineers from 75 institutions in 10 countries who study the subatomic particles called B mesons produced by the PEP-II storage ring in the BaBar detector at Stanford University. His efforts will focus on physics research and publications. In addition, he will publish a paper on a search for invisible decays of the Upsilon(1S) meson in Physical Review Letters. The process may be sensitive to the presence of either low-mass dark matter or a low-mass dark gauge boson. The paper is available in a preprint version online.