Northern Illinois University

Northern Today


February 1, 2010

Edward Nissen, an NIU Ph.D. student in physics, traveled to Beijing last semester to attend the 4th International School for Linear Colliders.

Edward Nissen

It was an honor to just be invited to the school (nearly 250 students had applied), but while there Nissen also received a distinguished performance award for being in the top five of the 41 students in his class.

In all, about 70 outstanding physics students participated in the 10-day intensive course, hosted by China’s Institute of High-Energy Physics (IHEP). The international setting allowed students to become familiar with global efforts in high-energy physics and to cultivate relationships with their peers.

Led by scientific researchers and academic faculty, the rigorous curriculum addressed such topics as linear colliders, the muon collider, radiofrequency technology and damping rings.

“Ed’s award is even more impressive given that the topics studied at the school were not directly related to his research,” says physics professor Bela Erdelyi, Nissen’s adviser. “Ed’s research is in nonlinear dynamics of dense particle beams, and he is advancing the field significantly. His versatility should serve him well in the job market after he graduates.”

Nissen is a member of the beams and accelerator physics group at the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD).

Noise Floor

Robert Fleisher, coordinator of composition and music theory in the School of Music, and School of Music alum Matthew Dotson both had works selected for performance in the recent Noise Floor Festival held at Staffordshire University, Stafford, UK.

The festival combined “fixed-media” electroacoustic works and live electronic music performances, and featured composers from England, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Thailand and the United States. The works were selected following an international call.