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June 5, 2013

Sam Aronson named Director of RIKEN BNL Research Center

Senior Physicist Sam Aronson, who stepped down as Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in December 2012, has been named Director of the RIKEN BNL Research Center (RBRC).

The RBRC is a physics research center located at Brookhaven and formed by an international collaboration between the Lab and the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

Since the RBRC was established in 1997, physicists at Brookhaven and RIKEN have worked together to address important questions in physics. To understand more about the building blocks of the universe and their origins, researchers at the RBRC have developed physics theory and analyzed data produced from particle collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven.

"Brookhaven and RIKEN are both multidisciplinary laboratories that have a number of overlapping areas of research, including energy, life sciences, and cosmology," Aronson said.

"These shared interests are opportunities to make a bigger, broader collaboration that could benefit researchers at both institutions, and future generations," he added.

You can read more about Aronson's role and the RBRC on the Brookhaven website.