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High Energy Physics At Tufts University
Whereas the period up to 1969 was one of rapid expansion,
the period 1969-1973 has been one of consolidation and adjustment
to meet new conditions. With reduced budgets, a deliberately
decreased graduate program, and the end of AEC support for the
theorists in 1971, we have had to find new ways of operating.
Through increased collaboration, thrift, and harder work the
accomplishments of the high energy group in the last five years
are greater than in the previous five years.
Despite the fiscal problems which Tufts along with most other
Universities is experiencing it has continued support of the High
Energy Physics program beyond its contractual agreement with the
Atomic Energy Commission. By acquiring a Decsystem 10 computer in
January 1973, Tufts is assisting the work of the program and will
do so increasingly in the future. With direct access to the computer
from the laboratory there is no longer the need to use remote
computers such as those which have been used at New York University,
Brookhaven National Laboratories, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory. The great gain in convenience, and hence time, and
the probable saving in costs will materially assist the program.
Tufts has continued financial support of overseas and local travel
expenses, and support not readily measured in dollars. For
example, Tufts has permitted the Physics Department to make its
own arrangements to have faculty members at SLAC for periods as long
as a full term without requiring these faculty members to take
leaves of absence. As another example, when support for the Theory Group
ended in December 1971 Tufts could have terminated the contract of
an Assistant Professor, part of whose salary was being paid by
contract funds. It did not, but instead assumed the additional
The joint support of the Atomic Energy Commission and
Tufts University have enabled high energy physics to flourish
at Tufts as an enterprise in research and education in difficult
The most recent history and present status of high energy
physics at Tufts are described below under the headings of groups
presently active or active in the period 1969-73.
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