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New University of Colorado President Todd Saliman visits JILA

University of Colorado President Todd Saliman visited JILA last week to tour JILA and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow Eric Cornell's laboratory and meet his team.

“You are all working to change the world,” President Saliman said.

His visit was due to an invitation from JILA and NIST Fellow Eric Cornell to tour his laboratories. Cornell has been a scientist at JILA since the 1990s and research impacts the fundamental areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics well as quantum mechanics. His work on the Bose-Einstein Condensate, an ultracold quantum system, won him and fellow researcher Carl Weinman Nobel Prizes in 2001. From that time on, Cornell has continued to research atomic and molecular optics, mentoring many graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their careers.

President Saliman viewed two of Cornell's laboratories, looking at several laser systems the researchers use to study electrons and other particles. Cornell, for his part, was delighted to explain his research and introduced his entire laboratory team to President Saliman. The President was amazed by not only Cornell's research but the team, ranging from recently graduated undergraduates to post-doctoral researchers. President Saliman asked Cornell about the impact of his research on both scientific discovery and his work mentoring students and researchers in his laboratory.

“The students and post-docs are my pride and joy,” Cornell stated. Read more>>>

Image Credit: Kenna Castleberry/JILA

JILA was founded in 1962 as a joint institute of The University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards & Technology. JILA is one of the nation’s leading research institutes in the physical sciences. Theycredit this reputation to the high quality of their scientists and their productivity, which is supported by JILA’s structure and resources.

Their scientists explore some of today's most challenging and fundamental scientific questions about the limits of quantum measurements and technologies, the design of precision optical and X-ray lasers, the fundamental principles underlying the interaction of light and matter, the role of quantum physics in chemistry and biology, and the processes that have governed the evolution of the Universe for nearly 14 billion years.

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