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MSU Hosts International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory

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Michigan State University hosted the 36th International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory. It took place from July 22-28 at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. This was the first time the symposium was held in Michigan, and there were almost 350 participants.

The symposium gathered theoretical particle physics researchers, experts in the study of strongly interacting systems – primarily Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). QCD is the theory describing the strong interactions of quarks and gluons.

The annual lattice conference is the premier conference for lattice gauge theory. It covered the latest developments and results in lattice gauge theory, and attendees reported on the state-of-the-art of lattice calculations around the world. New ideas and collaborations are often inspired through the presentations and discussions at this annual gathering.

The scientific program contained highlights of recent developments in the field and new research directions. The welcome address was given by Steven Hsu, MSU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies; Phil Duxbury, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in MSU’s College of Natural Science; and Witek Nazarewicz, Hannah Distinguished Professor and chief scientist at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Dean Lee, a professor, opened the scientific program with a talk titled “From FRIB to Lattice QCD.”

The symposium also featured many outreaches, diversity, and interdisciplinary activities, including a tour of FRIB.

The conference was chaired by three recent lattice QCD hires at MSU, two of which were hired under the Global Impact Initiative: Assistant Professor Huey-Wen Lin (chair), Assistant Professor Alexei Bazavov (co-chair) and Associate Professor Andrea Shindler (co-chair).

In February 2017 the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau honored Lin, Bazavov, and Shindler as “Greater Lansing Community Champions” in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Greater Lansing region by hosting the prestigious conference in Lansing.

  • Karen King via FRIB News

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