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Message from the director

Thanks to the efforts of Manuella Vincter we have our first ever IPP Newsletter. Each year we meet at the AGM on the Sunday afternoon of the CAP where the IPP Director presents the activities of the IPP over the last year. This issue of the newsletter is to let those IPP members who could not attend the AGM to also know the latest news.

Moreover, this gives me a chance to thank the members of the IPP Board of Trustees, the IPP Council and the Institutional members for all their help. If you do not know who these people are, please look at the IPP web page In particular, I want to thank Charles Picciotto, the Secretary- Treasurer of IPP. Without his help we could not run the Institute.

This year Randy Sobie and Scott Menary step down as Council members. I would like to thank them for all of their efforts and to welcome the new Council members, Cliff Burgess and Peter Krieger. I think this will be an interesting year and I look forward to working with everyone to make it a success.

Richard Keeler

  • What's new with the IPP? IPP annual general meeting
  • IPP council elections
  • Recent hire of research scientist
  • New terms and conditions policies
  • The IPP community The TRIUMF 5 year plan
  • New initiatives
  • Bits and bites Miscellaneous notes

IPP Annual General Meeting

This year's IPP Annual General Meeting was held June 8, 2003 at the CAP congress in Charlottetown, PEI. The minutes are available here. The highlights of this meeting were

  • Report of the IPP director Richard Keeler: The director reported on his activities on behalf of the IPP community.
  • Terms and conditions of IPP RS employment: A subcommittee on policy was appointed to create a document setting the terms and conditions for the employment of IPP research scientists. More details are available here.
  • Report of the NSERC GSC 19 chair Nigel Lockyer.
  • Status of the TRIUMF five year plan by Jean-Michel Poutissou: more details are available here.
  • New initiatives that could develop into IPP projects: more details are available here.
  • Budget: IPP is currently in the second year of a three year NSERC grant. This grant supports 8 research scientists (salary represents 91% of budget averaged over 5 years), conferences, travel (for council, BOT, and director), and administration. A table of this budget is given below:

IPP Council Elections

The yearly election to replace the outgoing members of the IPP council were held at the 2003 IPP Annual General Meeting. Three candidate were nominated to replace the two outgoing members (who are Scott Menary/York University and Randy Sobie/University of Victoria). The two newly elected members are Cliff Burgess of McGill University and Peter Krieger of the University of Toronto/IPP. The entire list of council members is available at the following IPP website.

Recent Hire of Research Scientist

At the last IPP funding cycle, IPP requested and received from NSERC the funding necessary to hire an eighth IPP research scientist. An advertisement for this position was distributed last year. Over the winter months, the IPP director in consultation with the council produced a short-list of four candidates who were interviewed in February and March of this year. The new IPP research scientist is Dr. Steven Robertson of the SLAC Laboratory. McGill University will be his host university and his primary activity will be the BaBar experiment.

New Terms and Conditions Policies

The IPP currently employs 8 research scientists: F. Corriveau, C. Hearty, R. Hemingway, P. Krieger, J. Martin, R. McPherson, R. Sobie, and S. Robertson. Last fall, the director of the IPP appointed a subcommittee on policy (the members are Richard Keeler, Jim Hanlon, and Richard Hemingway) whose mandate was to put to paper the terms and conditions of employment of IPP research scientists. This committee recently presented to the IPP Board of Trustees a list of 18 terms and conditions, which was subsequently accepted by the BOT. This document is available at the web site IPP bylaws and policies. This document addresses the following points:

  • Appointments
  • Recruitment
  • Employment and Hiring
  • Location and Relationship with Host Universit
  • Benefits
  • Career Progress
  • Non-IPP Work
  • Sabbaticals and Leaves
  • Relocation
  • Relationship with NSERC
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Retirement
  • Termination
  • Death
  • Equitable Treatment & Harassment
  • Salary Administration
  • Vacation, Overtime and Travel Time
  • Dispute Resolution

This document will dictate the terms and conditions of employment of all IPP research scientists.

The TRIUMF 5 Year Plan

The TRIUMF Laboratory is planning its activities for the 2005-2010 period. An eleven member "5 Year Plan" working group has been formed by the director of TRIUMF consisting of representatives from TRIUMF and the IPP community. This next 5 year plan is expected to have the following components as integral parts of TRIUMF activities:

  • Exploitation of ISAC-I and II and instrumentation at ISAC-II full energy
  • Accelerator research & development and construction of components
  • Target/ion source development
  • Infrastructure support including the LADD facility and a computing facility for ATLAS
  • MuSR, B-NMR,PeT
  • Non-subatomic research

The planned overall costs would be on the order of $160M for salary, $60M for operating, and $55M for capital projects for a total of $275M. From the human resources side, it is hoped that all retirees will be replaced and 41 new positions will be earmarked to support ISAC-II operation, administration/safety/CNSC, ATLAS-computing, theory, projects infrastructure, and outreach. The important milestones for the 5 year plan are:

  • Aug 22: 5 year plan document to NRC review
  • Sept 10-11: NRC review
  • Nov: ACT review
  • Feb 2004: 5 year plan to NRC council
  • March 2004 or later: 5 year plan to the Government

The next 5 year plan is scheduled to come into effect in April 2005. Additional information about the TRIUMF 5 year plan may be found here.

New Initiatives

The IPP program currently consists of 8 projects (SNO D2O Experiment, ATLAS at CERN LHC, BaBar at SLAC PEP2 B Factory, CDF at Fermilab TEVATRON, Rare K+ Decay E949 at BNL, HERMES at DESY HERA, OPAL at CERN LEP, and ZEUS at DESY HERA) and infrastructure support (HEPNET and HEPGRID). Seven new initiatives are under development and may become IPP projects if they are approved in their host countries and get funded by the granting agencies. These projects are:

  • JHF-SK Long Baseline Neutrinos
  • HALL D Experiment at JLAB
  • Rare K0 Decay, KOPIO at BNL
  • Linear Collider Experiment Detector
  • PICASSO Dark Matter Detector
  • National Computing Center for SAP

Many of these new initiatives presented a status report at the recent IPP AGM.

Bits and Bites

  • The IPP website is under construction! You can see the progress at
  • IPP members are reminded that the minutes to all IPP council meetings (even dating back to 1971!) are available at the minutes website. Contact your local IPP councilor to find out the access password.
  • The new chair of the particle physics division of the CAP is William Trischuk of the University of Toronto. Clarence Virtue of Laurentian University was elected as vice-chair at the recent CAP congress. The 2004 CAP congress will be held in Winnipeg.
  • The CAP-PPD has a new website at Many thanks to Francois Corriveau for setting this page up.
  • The IPP director believes that keeping up-to-date statistics on recent hires of particle physics faculty in Canada can be helpful when making the case for new hires at universities. Statistics on hires in the past 5 years are given below (a version of these results was presented at the 2003 IPP AGM). The IPP community is encouraged to pass on any more recent information to him.

University  Name  Year of Hire  Theory/Expt  Current Search
Alberta  Andrzej Czarnecki 1999 Theory  1 person
Roger Moore 2003 Experimentalist 
Carleton Alain Bellerive  2001  CRC Experimentalist CRC Expt
Laurentian Jacques Farine  2001  Experimentalist  
McGill Guy Moore 2002 Theorist Astrophysics
Andreas Warburton 2003 Experimentalist 
Queens Mark Chen 1999 Experimentalist  Experimental
Tony Noble 2002 CRC Experimentalist 
Regina Bhaskar Dutta 2002 Theory  1 person
Toronto Amanda Peet 2000 Theorist  
Erich Poppitz 2001 Theorist
Pierre Savard 2002 Experimentalist 
Kentaro Hori 2002 Theorist
UBC Doug Bryman 1999 Experimentalist   
Tom Mattison 1999 Experimentalist 
Moshe Rozali 2001 Theorist 
Mark van Raamsdonk 2002 Theorist
Scott Oser 2003 CRC Experimentalist 
Victoria Dean Karlen 2002 Experimentalist   
Maxim Pospelov 2002 Theorist
Western Ontario  Vladimir Miransky 2000 Theorist Joint with P.I.

The IPP director recently asked the IPP community to provide him with statistics on the number of particle physics graduate students in Canadian universities. The results based on this survey (and presented at the 2003 IPP AGM) are given below. The IPP community is strongly encouraged to contact the director with updated numbers when available.

University Expt Theory Total
Alberta 9 5 14
UBC  9 8 17
Carleton 6 1 7
Laurentian 3 0 3
McGill  12 22 34
Montreal 14 0 14
Queens  6 1 7
Toronto  10 7 17
Victoria 10 2 12
UWO 0 4 4
York 4 3 7
TOTAL 83 53 136