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CNP Scientists to Share 2016 Breakthrough Prize

      The 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded collectively to five experimental collaborations that made key contributions to the study of neutrino oscillations, a group which includes CNP members Patrick Huber, Jonathan Link, Camillo Mariani, and Leo Piilonen. Accoring to the citation the award was presented "for the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics." The Breakthrough Prize was founded by internet pioneers Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma, Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge.
      The awards were presented in a Hollywood style awards ceremony in Silicon Valley hosted by Seth MacFarland. Huber, Link and Piilonen share in the award for their work on the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment along with former Virginia Tech group members Yuen-Keung Hor, Yue Meng, Deb Mohapatra and Jo Ellen Morgan. Mariani shares for his work on the K2K Experiment. Each will receive a share of the $3 million prize.

Virginia Tech professors Patrick Huber, Jonathan Link Camillo Mariani and Leo Piilonen will each share in the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Virginia Tech Approved as the Site of the Newest QuarkNet Center

     As of December 2014, the Center for Neutrino Physics is now the home of the Virginia Tech QuarkNet Center. QuarkNet is an outreach program run by the University of Notre Dame and funded by the National Science Foundation, which is aimed at helping high school teachers gain a deeper understanding of particle physics and to bring the excitement of it into their classrooms through inquiry-based instruction. The Virginia Tech QuarkNet Center was the educational/outreach component of the NSF CAREER Award of Prof. Camillo Mariani

CNP to Hire New Faculty in Experimental Particle Physics

      The Department of Physics and Center for Neutrino Physics at Virginia Tech are seeking candidates for a tenure-track position in the areas of experimental particle and nuclear physics. The Center has existing experimental research strengths in neutrino physics, heavy-flavor physics, weak interaction physics, and nucleon structure physics. Candidates who would complement or extend existing research areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
      The Center for Neutrino Physics has a variety of experimental and theoretical research initiatives, and runs the Kimballton Underground Research Facility (KURF) as a resource for the wider neutrino and low-background research community. In addition to neutrinos, the work of the Center's members includes electron scattering physics, e+e- collider physics, particle astrophysics, and string theory. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physics or a closely related field, and postdoctoral experience. Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Search Committee via Ms. Erin Rust at [Tel: (540) 231-8743].
      For further information and to apply for this position please go to

Eleventh Applied Antineutrino Physics workshop to be hosted by Virginia Tech

      The Center for Neutrino Physics will be hosting the eleventh Applied Antineutrino Physics Workshop December 7-8, 2015, at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Virginia. CNP faculty member Patrick Huber will be chairing the local organizing committee.
      This annual conference is focused on the applications of neutrinos in fields such as nuclear non-proliferation and geophysics. Past conferences have been held in Paris (2014), Seoul (2013), Hawaii (2012, 2005 and 2004), Vienna (2011), Sendai (2010), Angra, Brazil (2009), Paris (2007), and Livermore, CA (2006).
      The Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington is unique in that it is close to government agencies such as DOE, NSF, DARPA, and ONR. Participation at the conference will be limited to approximately 60. For more information, please email

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Patrick Huber discusses his recent paper on monitoring Iran's nuclear reactor using neutrinos with WVTF radio. Listen to the interview here.

Camillo Mariani, of the Center for Neutrino Physics, has been named as the recipient of a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Prof. Mariani's award will support his research on neutrino interactions in matter and create a QuarkNet center at Virginia Tech to attract high school teachers and students, with initial emphasis on neutrino physics.

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CNP members Bruce Vogelaar and Leo Piilonen were elected fellows of the American Physical Society.
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