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Nuclear Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Directions of Growth in Nuclear Science Through Structure and Reactions


June 17-18, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Rashi Talwar & Joseph A. Belarge

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 20, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Nuclear Chemistry is a unique gathering for graduate students, post-docs and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education that provides an open forum for the presentation of new data, and exchange of cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to assemble the next generation of nuclear scientists such that they can discuss their current research, with topics spanning nuclear structure, nuclear reactions and nuclear astrophysics, as well as cutting-edge topics on the frontiers of nuclear physics. Additionally, a career panel discussion will showcase scientists with a nuclear physics background who chose varying career paths, including academia and industry. The career panel will provide an excellent opportunity for the next generation of nuclear scientists to gain insight into what it takes to build a successful career.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Nuclear Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Current Status and Perspectives in Nuclear Science
Discussion Leader: Peter Bender (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:05 pmFarheen Naqvi (University of Notre Dame, USA)
"Understanding the Role of Residual Proton-Neutron Interactions at the Extremes of the Nuclear Landscape"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmYassid Ayyad (Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Active Target Time Projection Chamber (AT-TPC) at the NSCL"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrontiers in Nuclear Structure
Discussion Leader: Justin Vadas (Indiana University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmKalle Auranen (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"Systematic Studies of Non-Yrast Isomeric Intruder 1/2+ States in Odd-Mass Nuclei 197-203At"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmNabin Rijal (Florida State University, USA)
"A Study of Lithium Destruction and Its Implication on the Big Bang Nucleosynthesis"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmAnne Forney (University of Maryland, USA)
"Extension of Triaxiality in the Germanium Nuclei to A=78"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmJack Henderson (TRIUMF, Canada)
"Collective Aspects of Nuclear Structure as a Constraint on Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Nuclear Matrix Element Calculations"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmDaniel Hoff (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
"Peculiar Spin Alignment of Excited Projectiles"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmMichael Jones (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Understanding the Nature of the Low-Energy Enhancement in the Photon Strength Function of 56Fe"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFrontiers in Nuclear Reactions
Discussion Leader: Bryan Wiggins (Indiana University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amOmar Nusair (Jordan Research and Training Reactor, Jordan)
"Measurements of a-Induced Reactions Cross Sections in the Rare-Earth Region"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amMarco Salathe (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Identification of the First-Excited 2p2h Configuration in 35P"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amMaria Anastasiou (Florida State University, USA)
"Study of the 18Ne(a,p)21Na Reaction with ANASEN and Its Significance in the Breakout from the Hot CNO Cycle"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amKyle Brown (Michigan State University, USA)
"Measuring Two-Proton Decay with the Invariant-Mass Method"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amVishal Desai (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, India)
"Neutron Induced Fission (n,f) Cross-Sections for the Unstable Nuclei by Indirect Surrogate Nuclear Reaction Methods"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amCole Pruitt (Washington University in St Louis, USA)
"Constraining the Dispersive Optical Model with Total Neutron Cross Sections"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
A question-answer session with scientists from diverse careers in nuclear science.
Discussion Leader: Joseph Belarge (Florida State University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Diverse Career Paths in Nuclear Science"
  • Meghan Anzelc (Zurich North America, USA)
  • Jessica Baler (Office of Naval Intelligence, USA)
  • Ben Kay (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Sharon Stephenson (Gettysburg College, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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