Physics' Zein-Eddine Meziani is helping to lead the charge into the nuclear future
Physics professor Zein-Eddine Meziani is playing a lead role in guiding the U.S. Department of Energy’s Division of Nuclear Physics into the future.
Meziani has been tapped to co-chair a town meeting to discuss the long-range plan for nuclear physics research in the United States.
“Every five years, nuclear physics needs to decide its future directions,” said Meziani, who joined Temple’s physics faculty from Stanford University in 1993. “What we do is hold a town meeting that is organized by the leadership of the Division of Nuclear Physics to explore and discuss what those directions should be.”
The town meeting will be held over three days in January 2007, and Meziani will co-chair along with a nuclear theorist from the University of Maryland. He said his selection to oversee the meeting was “recognition by his peers” of his leadership in the area of hadronic physics an interface area between nuclear and particle physics.
Meziani, who was named a fellow by the American Physical Society in 2004, also has played an instrumental role in the current upgrading of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory in Newport News, Va.
Meziani has become one of the leading researchers in trying to understand the spin (intrinsic magnetism) structure of the proton and the neutron in terms of its constituents, namely quarks and gluons. He conducts the majority of his research into nucleon and nuclear physics at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator facility.
Physics professor Zein-Eddine Meziani conducts the majority of his research into nucleon and nuclear physics at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator facility (above). (Photo courtesy the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory)
He was a member of the steering committee that proposed the facility’s upgrade and presently serves on the advisory committee that is overseeing the $300 million project, which doubles the beam’s energy from 6 Giga-electronVolts to 12 Giga-electronVolts.
The project ranks seventh on the list of “28 new large scientific facilities and upgrades of current facilities that will define scientific opportunities across all fields of science supported by DoE over the next 20 years,” according to the department’s Facilities for the Future of Science, A Twenty-Year Outlook.
“These facilities and upgrades will revolutionize science — and society,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. “They are needed to extend the frontiers of science, to pursue opportunities of enormous importance, and to maintain U.S. science primacy in the world.”
“I feel very lucky to be along the path of an area of science that is being supported, because now, with this science initiative that President Bush has been pushing, the budget for research in nuclear and particle physics is actually going up,” said Meziani, a member of Temple’s Million Dollar Research Awards Club.
This past April, the Department of Energy reaffirmed its confidence in Meziani by renewing its funding for his research with an $810,000, three-year award. DOE has funded Meziani’s work continuously since 1988.
— Preston M. Moretz