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SENR Seminar Series

Jan 22, 2015, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The SENR Seminar Series welcomes Gerald Blazey, Acting Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Northern Illinois University. His presentation will be Science Policy in the White House.

Gerald Blazey recently completed an appointment as Assistant Director for Physical Sciences in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  His seminar will reveal how science informs development and implementation of policy in the Executive Office of the POTUS.  Dr. Blazey will draw on examples of current or contemporary issues where science informs policies of the federal government.

Gerald Blazey received his doctoral degree in experimental particle physics from the University of Minnesota in 1986.  He specializes in quantum chromodynamics (the strong theory of nuclear interactions) initially with fixed target experiments and over the past thirty years with colliding beam experiments and in detector development. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  Since joining Northern Illinois University in 1996 he was appointed as a Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development and has been principle investigator for federally funded grants exceeding $10M.  He served four years as co-Spokesperson of the DZero collaboration comprising more than 600 physicists from over 20 countries.  While participating in the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory collider program during 2007 to 2010, he was Program Manager for the International Linear Collider in the Office of High energy Physics of the Department of Energy.

The SENR Seminar begins at 4:10 p.m in 164 Howlett Hall (please note the new Columbus location) with a video link to 123 Williams Hall on the Wooster campus.