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December 12
Congratulations to Yichun Xu, from the Modern Physics Department, University of Science and Technology of China, on successfully defending her thesis on Measurements of high-pT identified hadron spectra in p+p and Au+Au collisions at RHIC.

September 20

Congratulations to Stephen Baumgart, from the Yale University, on successfully defending his phd thesis on Open Heavy Flavor Production in sqrt(s)= 200 GeV collisions.

August 27

Congratulations to Kohei Kajimoto, from the Physics Department, The University of Texas at Austin, on successfully defending his phd thesis title "A Large Area Time of Flight Detector for the STAR Experiment at RHIC".

August 27

Congratulations to Sunil Manohar Dogra, from University of Jammu, on successfully defending his thesis titled "Particle Production and Correlations in Ultra-relativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions".

August 18

Congratulations to Jianhang Zhou, from Rice University, on successfully defending his thesis titled "Light (Anti-)Nuclei Production in the STAR Experiment at RHIC".

July 20

Congratulations to Christine Nattrass from the Yale University for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on "System, energy, and flavor dependence of jets through di-hadron correlations in heavy ion collisions" on Monday, July 20, 2009.

July 14

Congratulations to Zbigniew Chajecki from the Ohio State University for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on Monday, July 13th, 2009. The title of his thesis is: "Global Conservation Laws and Femtoscopy at RHIC".

July 10

Congratulations to Paul Sorensen, from BNL, who is among the winners of this year's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award was announced in a White House press release, is given to a select few candidates nominated by the U.S. government's science and technology agencies, including DOE.

June 5

Congratulations to Oleksandr Grebenyuk of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for winning the poster award at the 2009 RHIC & AGS Annual Users' Meeting. Title of the poster is "Local Polarimetry with Zero Degree Calorimeter at STAR".

June 5

Congratulations to Zebo Tang from the Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, for being one of the honorable mention winners of the 2009 RHIC & AGS Thesis Award. Zebo's thesis is titled: "J/psi production at high transverse momentum in p+p and A+A collisions".

May 31

Congratulations Song Zhang, from the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, on successfully defending his Ph.D thesis: "Study of Jet Properties and Two-Particle Angular Correlations in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions"

Congratulations Xing-Hua Shi, from the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, on successfully defending her Ph.D thesis: "A System Size Dependence of phi Meson Production and Thermodynamics Study at RHIC"

May 31

Congratulations Zebo Tang, from the Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, on successfully defending his thesis: "J/psi production at high transverse momentum in p+p and A+A collisions "

May 20

Congratulations to Na Li (Institute of Particle Physics), for being awarded this year's Gertrude S. Goldhaber prize from BNL. This is given annually by BNL Women in Science for a promising young woman scientist. Details of the award in the link below

April 25

STAR Regional Collaboration Meetings :

(a) To be held in Pusan National University, Korea
    from May 6 - May 9 2009.
    Details at :

(b) To be held in JINR, Dubna, Russia
    from  June 29 – July 1, 2009.
    Details at :

April 4

Two STAR presentations :
Poster titled "D-meson Measurements in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(s_NN)=200 GeV at STAR Using the Silicon Inner Tracker" by Sarah LaPointe and
Talk titled "Inclusive Cross Section and Correlations of Fully Reconstructed Jets in $sqrt{s_NN}$ = 200 GeV Au+Au and p+p" by Mateusz Ploskon were awarded 2009 Young Scientist Awards at the Quark Matter 2009. The awards, sponsored by Nuclear Physics A was granted for the best oral presentation and the best poster at Quark Matter 2009. For eligibility, presenters must be younger than 35 years of age on 31st December 2009. The presentation of these awards took place during the final session of the Conference. It consisted of a certificate and prize money of $750. Congratulations to Sarah and Mateusz!

April 2

Following posters from STAR were selected to be presented as flash plenary talks (5 minutes duration) in QM2009 conference on Thursday (2nd April 2009).

Joshua Konzer : Is the ridge formed by aligned jet propagation and medium flow direction?

Jan Kapitan : Initial state nuclear effects for jet production measured in $sqrt{s_mathrm{NN}}$~=~200~GeV d+Au collisions by STAR

Sarah LaPointe : D-meson Measurements in Au+Au Collisions at sqrt(s)=200 GeV at STAR Using the Silicon Inner Tracker

Jonathan Bouchet : Heavy Flavor Tracker (HFT) : a new inner tracking device at STAR

There were 11 presentations which included topics from both theory and experiment.

March 30
Congratulations to Thomas Burton from the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, on successfully defending his thesis titled "Transverse spin asymmetries in neutral strange particle production".

January 30

The following physics topics from STAR will be presented in the parallel sessions at Quark Matter 2009.

1. Looking forward for Color Glass Condensate signatures with STAR -- by Ermes Braidot

2. Photoproduction at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider with STAR -- by Yury Gorbunov

3. Inclusive cross section and correlations of fully reconstructed jets in $sqrt{s_{NN}}=200$ GeV Au+Au and p+p collisions -- by Mateusz Ploskon

4. Measurements of $K^{0}_{S}$ and $K^{pm}$ production at high $p_{T}$ up to 15 GeV/c at STAR as a probe for jet flavor conversion at RHIC -- by Yichun Xu

5. Direct $gamma$ - charged hadron azimuthal correlation measurements from STAR -- by Ahmed Hamed

6. Exploring jet properties in p+p collisions at 200 GeV with STAR -- by Helen Caines

7. Addressing the physics of the ridge by 2- and 3-particle correlations at STAR -- by Pawan K. Netrakanti

8. Measurements of jet structure and fragmentation from full jet reconstruction in heavy ion collisions at RHIC -- by Elena Bruna

9. Jet fragmentation in STAR via di-jet triggered (2+1) multi-hadron correlations -- by Kolja Kauder

10. Upsilon production in d+Au collisions at STAR -- by Haidong Liu

11. STAR Measurements of Non-photonic Electron Production in d+Au and p+p collisions at $sqrt{s_{NN}}$=200 GeV -- by Wei Xie

12. J/Psi Production in p+p and d+Au Collisions at $sqrt{S_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV at STAR -- by Chris Perkins

13. Non-photonic electron-hadron azimuthal correlation for AuAu, CuCu, dAu and pp collisions at $sqrt{s_{NN}}=200$ GeV -- by Bertrand Britz

14. $J/psi$ production in minimum bias Au+Au and Cu+Cu collisions at $sqrt{s_{NN}}=200$ GeV at STAR -- by Daniel Kikola

15. Strangeness production and Cronin effect in d+Au collisions at $sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 200 GeV in STAR -- by Xianglei Zhu

16. Bulk properties in Au+Au collisions at $sqrt{s_{NN}}$ = 9.2 GeV in STAR experiment at RHIC -- by Lokesh Kumar

17. Event anisotropy $v_2$ in Cu + Cu collisions at RHIC --- particle type,beam energy and centrality dependence -- by Shusu Shi

18. $rho^0$ production in Cu+Cu collisions at $sqrt{s_{_{NN}}}$ = 200 and 62.4 GeV in STAR -- by Patricia Fachini

19. Strangeness Production in Heavy-Ion Collisions at STAR -- by Anthony Timmins

20. Fluctuations of Conserved Quantities in Cu+Cu and Au+Au Collisions at RHIC Energies Using Higher Order Moments in STAR Experiment -- by Tapan Nayak

21. Measurements of Differential Transverse Momentum Correlation Function from the STAR Experiment -- by Monika Sharma

January 30

The following are going to be the STAR presentations in the Plenary sessions of QM2009.

Probing the early medium in heavy ion collisions -- by Gang Wang

Probing the energy loss mechanisms -- by Joern Putschke

Probe for the spontaneous strong parity violation in heavy ion collisions at RHIC -- by Sergei Voloshin

January 26
Congratulations to Andre Mischke of Utrecht University for receiving the prestige European Research Council (ERC) award: Starting Grants aimed at up-and-coming research leaders. In addition, Andre has recently become a faculty member at the Institute for Subatomic physics, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University.

January 3
Congratulations to Neeraj Gupta, from the University of Jammu, India for successfully defending his Ph.D thesis titled : "A study of fluctuations in multiplicity distributions at ultra-relativistic heavy ion interactions."
Neeraj will join Weizmann Institute, Israel as a Post doctoral fellow.

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