PANIC11 - Rutherford Centennial


The plenary and parallel sessions will take place at the MIT Campus in Kresge Auditorium and nearby meeting rooms in the Stratton Student Center. The scientific program consists of five plenary sessions and five parallel sessions subdivided in twelve topics.  A one-day series of pedagogical lectures aimed at graduate students will be held on Sunday and a poster session on Tuesday afternoon.

Social program will include a Welcome Reception held at the Tent near Kresge Oval on Sunday, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and to celebrate MIT’s 150th and LNS’ 65th anniversary, a Family and Friends of MIT-LNS Reception on Monday night July 25th at the MIT Museum from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

There will be a Welcome Coffee for accompanying persons for them to meet each other and obtain information regarding activities in the Cambridge-Boston area.  The Welcome Coffee will be Monday, July 25th, at 10 a.m. in the 3rd floor balcony of the Stratton Student Center.

In place of a traditional formal banquet, a dinner cruise of Boston Harbor is planned for Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m.  The cost to attend is $50.00 per person.  Tickets are available to registrants and their guests.  Each cruise ticket includes transportation to/from the conference site, dinner and one complimentary drink ticket.  Please note that the legal age to consume alcohol in Massachusetts is 21.  Service may be denied to anyone who cannot produce a proper identification upon request.  Proper identification is a valid US driver's license or passport.

Buses will depart at 6:30 p.m. from Kresge Auditorium, on Amherst Alley. The buses will return at 10:30 p.m. from the boat and will drop off at Kresge Auditorium on Amherst Alley, Le Meridien Hotel (20 Sydney St, Hyatt Hotel (575 Memorial Drive,), and Courtyard by Marriott Boston Cambridge (777 Memorial Drive).

Free wireless will be available in all public areas of Kresge Auditorium and Stratton Student Center.

Rutherford Centennial

May 2011 marks the centennial of the publication of the paper The Scattering of α and β Particles by Matter and the Structure of the Atom by Ernest Rutherford in the Philosophical Magazine. Using data obtained by Geiger and Marsden, at the University of Manchester, he concluded that the atom had a central nucleus.  We will recognize the centennial of this profound discovery at PANIC11.  There will be a plenary talk in the program addressing the historical perspective of the work of Rutherford and colleagues. 

A view of Rutherford's classic paper, E. Rutherford, Phil. Mag. Series 6, vol. 21, 669 (1911).

Public Lectures

On Tuesday evening there will be public lectures by Profs. Jerome Friedman and Brian Cathcart, which will aim to attract the interested citizen to the exciting developments in particle and nuclear physics.

MIT's 150th Anniversary

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the approval of MIT’s founding charter in 1861.  The Institute will formally recognize this anniversary in a series of events throughout the year.  The PANIC11 conference offers the opportunity for past MIT students, researchers and colleagues in particle and nuclear physics to visit the campus and celebrate the anniversary.  We hope very much to see many of our friends and colleagues at the PANIC11 conference in July.


PANIC11 Group Picture


Informational Materials

Welcome Reception - Sunday, July 24th
from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Tent by Kresge Oval

Public Lectures - Tuesday, July 26th
Free and Open to the public

Odyssey Dinner Cruise - Thursday, July 28th



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