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May 22, 2002

SMU RESEARCHERS INVOLVED WITH THE STRANGE QUARK DETECTION

EUGENE HERRIN
Shuler-Foscue Professor of Geological Sciences
Southern Methodist University

Eugene T. Herrin Jr. is an expert in the study of earthquakes and their causes. He also has spent more than 40 years developing seismic systems and devices for detecting and reporting the detonation of underground nuclear devices anywhere in the world. His sophisticated equipment has played a key role in worldwide monitoring of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Professor Herrin received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in geology from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Harvard University. He has been a member of the SMU faculty since 1955.

VIGDOR TEPLITZ
Professor of physics
Southern Methodist University

Teplitz joined the SMU faculty in 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Physics from 1990 to 1995. A theoretical particle physicist by training, Teplitz’ current research is at the border between particle physics and astrophysics and cosmology. Teplitz received his bachelor of science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has held posts at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, CERN (Geneva), MIT and Virginia Tech. He was senior advisor on international coordination at the Superconducting Super Collider from 1991 until 1993, when Congress voted to terminate funding for the atom smasher located near Waxahachie, Texas. Teplitz has been on leave from his position at SMU since 2000 to serve as a senior policy analyst with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this position, he has helped formulate and analyze policies on subjects ranging from arms control verification to antiterrorism research and development. He represents OSTP in discussions on such topics within the interagency community and with the national technical community. Teplitz also was appointed U.S. Representative to the NATO Science Committee in early 2000, a post that will continue after he returns to SMU in fall 2002.

DAVID ANDERSON
Senior systems analyst
Department of Geological Sciences
Southern Methodist University

Anderson is an expert in data mining and the use of animation software to create visualizations that help geologists better understand computer data related to their research. He has worked at SMU since 1989.


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