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David W. Hertzog, University of Washington Professor of Physics, will present the 2011 Helmut W. Baer Lecture on November 9. The title of Professor Hertzog’s lecture is Precision Muon Physics: Capturing a Moment in a Lifetime. The lecture will be presented in room 340 West Hall at 4:00 p.m. A reception precedes the lecture at 3:45 p.m. in the Don Meyer Commons (337 West Hall).
Professor David W. Hertzog received his bachelor's degree in physics from Wittenberg University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in physics from the College of William and Mary in 1983. Professor Hertzog’s current research focuses on precision measurements of fundamental importance in subatomic physics.
Professor Hertzog is part of the Precision Muon Physics Group, which recently moved from the University of Illinois to the University of Washington, Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, CENPA. The Precision Muon Physics Group’s mission is to identify compelling, precision experiments that either determine fundamental quantities in physics or sensitively test the Standard Model. Professor Hertzog is involved in a series of high-precision experiments involving muons including measurement of the muon lifetime, muon capture, the muon magnetic moment and the exotic muon-to-electron conversion process. His research group is also known for work in developing various detectors, especially electromagnetic calorimeters using scintillating fibers.
Professor Hertzog is the recipient of many honors and awards. Some examples include the List of Excellent Teachers (at University of Illinois) for 18 semesters, the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence 1994, the W. Keck Foundation Award for Engineering Teaching Excellence, 1994, the Amoco Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, 1997, the BP Amoco Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction, 2003, a University Scholar, 2000, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2000, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2004.
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.