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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMarch 2006 - Issue 45


LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Colleagues,

The spring semester has begun and we're all off and running in the Department, but many of us are back, from running far from College Park. One of the many benefits of being in this field includes traveling across continents to give talks, attend meetings or collect data for research. This winter, as always, are faculty were traveling to many exotic locations to work on physics projects.

Goodman

In January, Jim Gates was in Taiwan escorting 160 young students at the International World Year of Physics Young Ambassadors Meeting. Chuan Liu also returned from Taiwan, where he completed three years as President of Taiwan Central University. Dan Lathrop was recently in Moscow, where it was -25C (-13F), presenting results of his work in nonlinear dynamics research. Not to be outdone temperature-wise, a number of us were in Antarctica. This past December Eun-Suk Seo was in McMurdo on the coast of Antarctica launching the CREAM experiment and both Kara Hoffman and I made visits to the South Pole (Kara in January and me in February).

For me, the trip was an incredible experience. Our research group is involved in the Ice Cube collaboration
( http://www.icecube.umd.edu ) --- an observatory being built and installed in the ice below the South Pole. This was my first trip to the Pole and I took advantage of it. Since US travelers to Antarctica leave from Christchurch, New Zealand, my wife and I took the opportunity to see the country and though we were only there for eight days, we had a great time. I also got some great pictures which can be seen below:
http://umdgrb.umd.edu/goodman/New_Zealand/index.htm

The South Pole was a completely unique experience. It was the end of a very successful season for IceCube as we installed eight new strings of optical modules bringing our total to nine and it was great to work on the commissioning of these strings. It was sunny (all the time 24hrs a day), but cold, -45C (-49F). Even in these temperatures I managed to spend a good deal of time working outside. To view photos from my trips to the South Pole, visit:
http://umdgrb.umd.edu/goodman/South_Pole_06/index.htm

While the trips were productive and fun, it definitely feels great to be back in (relatively) warm College Park .


Regards,

Jordan A. Goodman
Professor and Chair

 

 

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