materials of interest both to microelectronics and to magnetic data storage. In December 2002, Dr. Sinclair became the founding director of Stanford’s new Nanocharacterization Laboratory as part of the university’s Advanced Materials Initiative, which seeks to provide a set of shared research facilities that will provide top-quality instrumentation to faculty in a variety of disciplines. He is currently chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


Ani Aprahamian, Professor of Physics, University of Notre Dame


Dr. Aprahamian earned her Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Clark University in 1986 and went on to positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a National Synchrotron Light Source Fellow and then Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She came to the Notre Dame Physics Department in 1989. She is presently the director of the Nuclear Structure Laboratory, one of only three U.S. low-energy nuclear physics laboratories supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Aprahamian has been involved in numerous workshops and conferences, both on and off campus, and has recently become chair of the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility Users Group. She is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, a reviewer for the NSF, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the American Institute of Physics. The research effort of the Nuclear Structure Laboratory is built around three accelerators and a broad program in low-energy nuclear physics. Her research centers on nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics, covering topics such as weak interactions and fundamental symmetries using positron-neutrino scattering and nuclear structure studies involving collective mode resonances and characterizations of single-particle excited states.


Arthur I. Bienenstock, Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy, Stanford University, and Director Emeritus, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory


Dr. Bienenstock received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in applied physics in 1962. From 1997 to 2001, while on leave from Stanford, he served as associate director for science of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). At OSTP, he concentrated on policy and interagency coordination directly related to the health of U.S. basic science, as well as other policy matters that can be informed by basic science. For the 20 years prior to his going to OSTP, Dr. Bienenstock directed the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) at the Stanford Linear



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