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Winners of inaugural Lee Grodzins Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Award named

Giovanni Petrucciani and Matthew Wetstein to each receive $2,000

MIT Department of Physics
October 6, 2014

From left: Giovanni Petrucciani and Matthew Wetstein
From left: Giovanni Petrucciani and Matthew Wetstein

MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS) has awarded its inaugural Lee Grodzins Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Award to CERN Research Fellow Giovanni Petrucciani and University of Chicago Grainger Fellow Matthew Wetstein.

The award recognizes the importance of original and unique research by postdoctoral fellows within the experimental nuclear and particle physics community.

Each winner will receive a $2,000 prize and give an invited LNS colloquium this fall. The talks take place on October 6th (Petrucciani) and November 3rd (Wetstein) at 4:00 pm in the Kolker Room, building 26-414.

Giovanni Petrucciani earned his PhD in Physics from Italy’s Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Appointed through the joint CERN and Marie Curie program as a Research Fellow in CERN's Physics Division, he has made original and unique contributions related to the discovery of the Higgs boson. Notably, Petrucciani was the architect of the comprehensive and complex statistical, and technical, framework for analyzing and combining the results from multiple Higgs study channels on the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) and ATLAS (A Toroidal LAC ApparatuS) experiments.  

Matthew Wetstein received his Physics PhD from the University of Maryland. A Grainger Fellow at the University of Chicago, he is recognized for his leadership in developing novel Large Area Picosecond Photo-Detectors. This new technology has the potential to revolutionize neutrino experiments. Wetstein is also the co-spokesman of the Atmospheric Neutrino Neutron Interaction Experiment (ANNIE), proposed to run at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The Lee Grodzins Postdoctoral Lecture Award of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science honors the long and distinguished career of Professor of Physics Emeritus Lee Grodzins.