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The Helmut W. Baer Lecture

The Helmut W. Baer Lecture  is a special colloquium supported by  family and friends in honor of Dr. Helmut Baer. Dr. Baer's career in physics began with his work at the University of Michigan where he was awarded a doctorate in nuclear physics in 1967. He published over 100 articles that cover a range of physics topics including nuclear physics and pion interactions. Dr. Baer was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in March of 1989, and to his delight enjoyed countless opportunities over the years to talk about physics at universities and conferences internationally. Dr. Baer set the highest personal standards for himself and his research. This lecture is held approximately every two years.

The 2016 Helmut W. Baer Lecture in Physics

Dr. Witold Nazarewicz
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Physics 
Chief Scientist, FRIB 
Physics & Astronomy Department, FRIB/NSCL (MSU)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
4:10 PM

340 West Hall

Please join Dr. Nazarewicz at the reception prior to his lecture, 3:30 PM in 337 West Hall.

Lecture Title: The Limits of the Nuclear Landscape

Abstract: Understanding atomic nuclei is a quantum many-body problem of incredible richness and diversity and studies of nuclei address some of the great challenges that are common throughout modern science. In his lecture, Dr. Nazarewicz will review the advances in physics with nuclei in the context of main scientific questions. He will give particular attention to the science of rare isotopes and to theoretical studies of nuclei at the eve of extreme-scale computing.


Dr. Witold Nazarewicz has been a Professor of Physics at both the University of Tennessee and Warsaw University, Poland. He is also a Distinguished R & D Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Physics Division. He is also a member of the Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research directorate. From 1999 to 2011, he served as the Scientific Director of the ORNL Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility, guiding the program to many experimental breakthroughs in the areas of rare isotopes and nuclear astrophysics. He has held several visiting positions, including professorships at Lund University, the University of Cologne, Kyoto University, and the University of Liverpool.

Dr. Nazarewicz is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the U.K. Institute of Physics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was named a 2008 Carnegie Centenary Professor by the Carnegie Trust in Scotland; received an Honorary Doctorate from University of the West of Scotland in 2009; was awarded the 2012 Tom W. Bonner Prize in nuclear physics from the American Physical Society; and was named the 2012 Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Distinguished Scientist.

Dr. Nazarewicz is the author of nine review papers and more than 350 refereed publications in scientific journals. With ~15,000 citations and h-index ~70, he is listed by ISI among the most highly-cited physicists. He has also made more than 150 contributions to major conferences, published in their respective proceedings. He has given ~220 invited talks at major international conferences and more than 250 invited seminars and colloquia. Dr. Nazarewicz has helped organize more than 60 meetings and conferences and presently serves on 14 professional committees and editorial boards.

To learn more about Dr. Nazarewicz, see his webpage.