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Nobel Laureate on a music/film festival

Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize in Physics 1979) who is considered to be one of the greatest minds in modern theoretical physics gave a talk at SXSW Interactive 2013 with the title, "Toward the Unification of Physics". It can be watched from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSEXA5JueRU . The talk is about how the physicists think about "Unification", which would be interesting for scientists in different fields and disciplines.

Upcoming Events

  • Symposium on quantum information
    14-24 July, 2014
    Rm #315, Main Research Building, Wako Campus
    Detailed schedule here. .

  • iTHES-HPCI Joint Summer School
    "From Quarks to Supernova explosion - Challenges in Fundamental Physics -"
    Date: July 22 (Tue) -26 (Sat), 2014
    Place: Yukawa Institute for Theorerical Physics (YITP), Kyoto

  • iTHES Workshop
    Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts 2014
    Aug.25(Mon)-27(Wed), 2014
    Ookouchi Hall

  • RIKEN Symposium - iTHES workshop on Thermal Field Theory and its applications
    Date: Sep.3(Wed)-5(Fri.), 2014
    Place: Ookochi hall

  • iTHES-IPMU-Osaka Joint Symposium
    Tentative date: Nov. 6 (Thu.) 2014 (*** Note that the date has not yet been fixed. Likely different from previously announced ones ***)
    at Kavli IPMU, Univ. Tokyo (http://www.ipmu.jp/ )

  • Event Report

    On 7-8 July, we had a joint meeting among RIKEN(iTHES/RNC), Kavli IPMU (U. of Tokyo), and RESCEU (U. of Tokyo) on supernova explosions and gamma-ray bursts. The meeting was very successful and fruitful, which was more than our expectation. About 25 people participated in the meeting and enjoyed 17 oral talks as well chatting & discussions. We found that we have common interests in many topics, and agreed to keep in touch not only for future collaborations but also just for enjoying common interests in science together. We closed the meeting with an agreement to have a next meeting in the near future. The presentation files will be uploaded soon here: http://nagataki-lab.riken.jp/program_RIKEN-IPMU-RESCEU-Joint-Meeting.txt

    3rd "iTHES Weelky Coffee Meeting" was held at the large meeting room on the second floor of the Main Cafeteria on 11th July with more than 30 people enjoying coffee and cakes. This time, Tetsuo Hatsuda gave an introductory talk on the concept of iTHES and its future directions.

    He explained that the iTHES Project is the first project approved in 2013 under the newly founded RIKEN program "RIKEN Pioneering Projects in the Competitive Program for Creative Science and Technology" which supports the projects to create new research fields in RIKEN and to nurture breakthroughs for the future. Also, The approved Pioneering Projects are expected to develop into core research fields in RIKEN and eventually into core research centers. Also, RIKEN introduced a system "Research Groups" to pursue the aims of the Pioneering Projects with cooperation from researchers from inside and outside of RIKEN. iTHES is the first and only one Research Group at present throughout RIKEN. http://www.riken.jp/en/research/labs/rg/ http://www.riken.jp/en/research/labs/rg/inter_theor_sci/

    Currently, 10 laboratories in RIKEN are actively involved in iTHES Research Group, and we have altogether about 60 people participating in iTHES as PIs or iTHES Fellows or iTHES Associates. Tetsuo reminded the participants that the major aims of iTHES are (i) theoretical and computational collaborations in physics, chemistry and biology, (ii) to unravel the logic of multi-scale problems in Nature with interdisciplinary collaborations, and (iii) to encourage young theorists in interdisciplinary areas. Through the iTHES activities (colloquiums, seminars, workshops, visitors, NewsLetters, Coffee Meetings) in the past 12 months, we already have started to break the boundaries among different fields. iTHES has so far exchanged collaboration agreements with Theoretical Science Collaboration Project in Osaka Univ. and Kavli IPMU in The Univ. of Tokyo. Such cooperative agreements with other domestic and international institutes will be extended further. We hope that iTHES will grow as a core research center having international network in the world, as expected from the concept of the RIKEN Pioneering Project.

    The next Coffee Meeting will be held on 18th of July (12:30-13:30) in the 3rd floor of the BSI Ikenohata Building (building number 46 in the E-7 area of the following map. http://www.riken.jp/en/access/wako-map/#campus_map There will be talks before and after the Coffee Meeting in the same place: From 10:00, Hanspeter Herzel(Institute for Theoretical Biology, Berlin) "Theoretical Chronobiology: Feedback Loops, Synchronization and Chronotypes". From 13:30, Masaki Sasai (Nagoya Univ.) "Toward Modeling of Genetic Switch in Eukaryotes" (in Japanese).

    Please join and enjoy !

    Person of the Week

    Maria Giovanna Dainotti

    My name is Maria Giovanna Dainotti. I graduated in 2005 with magna cum laude at University of Salerno, Italy, studying standard candles and their cosmological use.

    I obtained the PhD degree at Rome La Sapienza (November 2005- December 2008), where I worked in theoretical modelling of GRBs within the fireshell model. Moreover, I devoted my efforts in the search of new GRB correlation with the goal to standardize them. This brought to the discovery of an anti-correlation between luminosity at the end of the plateau phase and the duration of the plateau phase itself.

    In January 2009, I moved to Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland as research assistant where I am currently assistant professor from April 2012.

    During the past 6 years I have been visiting scientist in several institutions such as CFA at Harvard University (2009) where I pursued a project related to the possible existence of X-ray cocoon in M87 jet’s boundaries.

    I visited the University of Leicester in UK (2011) and la Normale of Pisa, Italy (2012). In May 2012, I was honored by the L’Oreal Award for Women in Science for my contribution on the investigation of GRBs as possible standard candles.

    In October 2012, I moved to California, at Stanford University, as Fulbright Scholar within the Vahe Petrosian's group to investigate the selection effect on GRBs. Later on, I have been awarded an Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. The award has been given for my contribution on GRBs luminosity-time correlation, recently named in literature Dainotti et al. relation and its application to cosmology.

    Since Novemember 2013, I am JSPS Fellow and I belong to the Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Nagataki. Currently, with Dr Matsumoto we are performing theoretical simulation within the photospheric emission model to feature the plateau emission.

    In collaboration with Dr. Sakamoto we are looking for a statistical way through the Gaussian mixture model to divide the GRBs in different categories of progenitors. Lastly, I am also working on GRBs observed at high energy by LAT and I am looking for a standard set of GRB that can be good candidates to make GRBs distance estimator and to use this set for inferring the equation of state at very high redshift.

    Being a member of ITHES will give me the great opportunity to interact with scientists of different field and possibly to develop new projects on interdisciplinary subjects.