Inauguration of the First Center for Nuclear Astrophysics (CNA) in China
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Shanghai
Jiao Tong University established the country's first Center for Nuclear
Astrophysics (CNA) on May 29, 2013. An Inauguration Symposium and
Workshop was successfully held from May 29 to June 1, 2013. Professor
Jie Zhang, President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Professor
Xiangdong Ji, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, attended
the opening ceremony at the Inauguration Symposium and delivered congratulatory
speeches in strong support of establishing the CNA.
The establishment of the CNA was also enthusiastically
received by colleagues in China and abroad. Seven top experts joined
its International Advisory Committee. They are Professor Wick Haxton
(Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and Winner of the Bethe
Prize of the American Physical Society) from the University of California,
Berkeley, Professor George Fuller (Winner of the Bethe Prize) from
the University of California, San Diego, Professor Michael Wiescher
(Winner of the Bethe Prize) from the University of Notre Dame, Professor
Baha Balantekin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor
Tan Lu (Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) from Purple Mountain
Observatory, Professor Guoqing Xiao, Director of the Institute of
Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Professor Weiping
Liu, Associate Director of the China Institute of Atomic Energy. During
the Inauguration Symposium and Workshop, members of the CNA and affiliated
colleagues sought broad input from the international and domestic
communities regarding its future development and operation.
In the next five years, the CNA will expand its faculty
and research staff, strengthen collaboration with similar institutions
and major laboratories in China and abroad, promote international
visits of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, organize
national summer schools and other special topical programs, and engage
in general science education of college freshmen and high school students.
The CNA is an important part of the Institute of Nuclear
and Particle Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology of the Department of
Physics and Astronomy. Professor Yong-Zhong Qian of the University
of Minnesota and Professor Yang Sun of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
serve as its Co-Directors.
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