How to Do Big Science – Part II (Virtual)

  • Feb. 11, 2021, 7:30 pm US/Central
  • Jorge Morfin, Scientist Emeritus, Fermilab
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In Part II of a multi-part virtual series, Jorge Morfin will follow the path of an experiment from inspiration through the proposal and approval process, using neutrino experiments as examples. Dr. Morfin initiated the MINERvA experiment and served as its spokesperson for six years. He has also been deeply involved in educational outreach and formed the MINERvA Latin American Initiative.


Jorge has been deeply involved with accelerator-based neutrino experiments for over four decades, being involved with the Gargamelle experiment’s first probes of the structure of the nucleon with neutrinos and having presented results from the Gargamelle experiment at the very first Neutrino Conference in Balaton, Hungary, in 1972. At Fermilab, after managing its installation, he continued his studies of nucleon structure and nuclear effects with the Tevatron Muon Experiment. He then initiated the establishment of the MINERvA experiment and served as MINERvA collaboration co-spokesperson for six years. Within the MINERvA physics program, he continued working with students in the study of nuclear effects, including the structure of the nucleon in the nuclear environment.

Importantly, Jorge created the MINERvA Latin American Initiative, which has attracted multiple groups from various Latin American countries to come to Fermilab and conduct their research on MINERvA. He has mentored 38 Latin American graduate students in obtaining their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with more to come!

Jorge has also forged new pathways for collaboration between theorists and experimentalists. Collaborating with the theorist Wu-Ki Tung, he used global experimental results and QCD predictions to better define the internal structure of the nucleon. Along the lines of this successful effort, the CTEQ collaboration of experimentalists and theorists was established. Within CTEQ he initiated the CTEQ Summer Schools on QCD Analysis and Phenomenology, organizing the majority of the 26 CTEQ QCD schools.

Jorge is also one of the founders and current co-spokesperson of the NuSTEC collaboration, an organization of neutrino theorists and experimentalists, modeled after CTEQ, to study neutrino nucleus scattering physics and sponsor the community’s only schools on this topic. In addition, NuSTEC workshops and projects directly confront the many challenges in neutrino scattering physics facing the community.