Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Irvine Will Have Major Say In Particle Funding

The government has assigned a panel of 21 members to decide the future of funding for particle physics over the next decade called P5.

Two of the 21 members selected are faculty at UC Irvine:
  1. Andrew Lankford
  2. Henry Sobel
Irvine is the only university with more than one member and most universities don't have any.

This isn't to say nah, nah nah, nah nah, nahhh, as much as it is to say: it is cool to work around people who have so much sway in my future.

Here's what I need to convince them: Increase particle's current budget, build a bigger accelerator then the one planned for Texas here in the US, and finally, give NSF grants to everyone doing supersymmetry research. Then, in about 5 or so years, fund the addition of 100 new particle theory faculty positions across the US.

Any objections?


  1. Joe,
    With your new found Irvine influence, any chance of getting a job for your old N-216 buds? ;)

  2. Well, I really wish I could. To be honest, it would be cool if we all had jobs close enough that we could see each other again fairly often.

    And, to be honest, and you know this, though they are at Irvine they don't care what I think. :(


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