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star news items from 2008

October 29
Congratulations to Monika Sharma from Panjab University, Chandigrah, India for successfully defending her Ph.D thesis based on photon multiplicity measurements and net charge fluctuations in STAR.
Monika is currently a post doctoral fellow at Wayne State University.

October 3
Congratulations Saskia Mioduszewski of the Cyclotron Institute for being awarded the 2009 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award by the American Physical Society "for her pioneering contributions to the observation of jet quenching and her continuing efforts to understand high- p_T phenomena in relativistic heavy- ion collisions."
The award was established in 1985 to recognize and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer. More information can be found at

September 25

Congratulations to Paul Sorensen for receiving the APS 2008 George E. Valley, Jr. Prize. The award recognizes Paul's contributions "in the discovery of quark number scaling in the elliptic flow of hadrons in nucleus-nucleus collisions, and its interpretation showing the relevance of quark degrees of freedom in heavy ion interactions."

Valley prize is presented biennially to recognize one individual in the early stages of his or her career for an outstanding scientific contribution to physics that is deemed to have significant potential for a dramatic impact on the field. The prize, which carries an award of $20,000, will be presented at the APS April 2009 meeting in Denver, at a special Ceremonial Session.

September 20
Congratulations to Michael Daugherity from University of Texas at Austin, on successfully defending his Ph.D thesis on Two particle correlations in ultra relativistic heavy ion collisions. He is now assistant professor at the Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

September 18
Congratulations to Federica Benedosso, from Utrecht University, on successfully defending her thesis, titled - Two-particle azimuthal correlation in d+Au and p+p collisions at sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV in STAR.

September 17
Congratulations to Weihong He, from Indiana University, on successfully defending his thesis titled - The Double Spin Asymmetry in Inclusive pi0 Production for Longitudinally Polarized pp Collisions at root(s) = 200 GeV at the Endcap Electromagnetic Calorimeter at STAR.
This is the first Ph.D thesis based fully on data from the Endcap Electromagnetic Calorimeter

September 5
Congratulations to Oana Catu from Yale University, on successfully defending her Ph.D thesis on di-hadron correlations. She will be taking up post doctoral position at the UC Santa Barbara in Mathematical Finance.

August 25
Sevil Salur from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, received the Klaus Kinder-Geiger award for the best talk at Hot Quarks 2008 for her talk titled "Review on Jet Physics." Congratulations, Sevil!

August 12
Congratulations to Fei Du from Yale University, on successfully defending his Ph.D thesis titled "Studies of strong parity violation and correlations using hyperons in Au-Au collisions measured with the STAR detector."
Fei has joined a semiconductor mask manufacturer company where he will work on mask designs to achieve sub wavelength resolution lithography.

June 30
Congratulations to Hanna Zbroszczyk from the Warsaw University of Technology for successfully defending her PhD thesis entitled: Studies of baryon-baryon correlations in relativistic nuclear collisions registered at the STAR experiment.

June 26
Congratulations to Steve Guertin from the University of California - Los Angeles for successfully defending his PhD thesis entitled: Mid-Rapidity pi0 Production in d+Au Collisions at (sNN)1/2 = 200 GeV

June 19
Martin Codrington from Texas A&M, received the Poster Award at this year's Gordon Research Conference on Nuclear Chemistry for his poster "Gamma+Jet Analysis in 200 GeV Au+Au collisions with STAR." Congratulations, Martin!

June 10
Congratulations to Aoqi Feng from the Institute of Particle Physics at Huazhong Normal University for successfully defending her PhD thesis entitled: Di-Hadron Azimuthal Correlations Relative to Reaction Plane in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt{s_{NN}} = 200 GeV

Congratulations to Jin-Hui Chen from the Shanghai Institue of Applied Physics for successfully defending his PhD thesis entitled: Measurement of phi-meson Production and Strange Quark Properties in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt{s_{NN}} = 200 GeV

Congratulations to Xiangming Sun from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for successfully defending his PhD thesis entitled: Statistical Model in Heavy Ion Collisions and Readout Electronics for Heavy Flavor Tracker

June 9
Congratulations to Anthony Timmins from University of Birmingham for successfully defending his PhD thesis entitled: Neutral Strange Particle Production in Relativistic Cu+Cu Collisions at sqrt_sNN = 200 GeV

June 8
Congratulations to Jana Bielcikova from Nuclear Physics Inst., Academy of Sciences for becoming the recipient of Otto Wichterle medal for 2008.
The Otto Wichterle Award is an honour given by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic to stimulate and encourage selected, exceptionally outstanding, promising young scientists at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for their remarkable contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge in a given area of science.

June 3
Sarah Blyth was one of the three winners of the 2008 RHIC & AGS Thesis Competition. Sarah wrote her thesis with Professor Jean Cleymans of the University of Capetown with research carried out under the supervision of Drs. Nu Xu and Grazyna Odyniec of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Congratulations, Sarah!
Shusu Shi (IPP) and Tai Sakuma (MIT) won the 2008 RHIC & AGS Poster Competition. Congratulations, Shusu and Tai!

May 24
Congratulations to Julie Millane from Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her success in defending her Ph.D thesis on " Longitudinal Double Spin Asymmetry for Inclusive Jet Production in Polarized Proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 GeV".

April 17
Congratulations to Martijn Russcher from NIKHEF and Utrecht University for his success in defending his Ph.D thesis on "Direct Photon Measurements in Proton-Proton and Deuteron-Gold Collisions".

April 16
Congratulations to Terry Tarnowsky from Purdue University for his success in defending his Ph.D thesis on "Long-Range Multiplicity Correlations in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions and the Signal for Dense Partonic Matter".

March 31
Congratulations to Christine Nattrass from Yale University,for being awarded the Gertrude Goldhaber prize from BNL. This is given annually by BNL Women in Science for a promising young woman scientist.

February 10
Monika Sharma and Andre Mischke won two out of the four Young Scientist Awards at Quark Matter 2008 Conference in Jaipur, India. Congratulations!

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