Tapan Nayak: New Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
Tapan Nayak has recently been elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences*, Bangalore, following a long-standing career in the field of heavy ion physics. Tapan is a leading scientist at VECC, the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre in Kolkata and in the past he has been Scientific Associate at CERN. Following his PhD in 1990 from the Michigan State University, Tapan Nayak was involved in major experiments dedicated to the study of Quark Gluon Plasma. During the last years he has been involved In many different aspects of the ALICE Experiment.
Congratulations Tapan for this important distinction.
*The Indian Academy of Sciences was established in 1934 by C.V. Raman, after whom the Raman effect was named.
Karel Safarik receives distinction from the President of the Slovak Republic.
On January 1st, on the 20th anniversary of the birth of the independent Slovakia, President Mr. Ivan Gašparovič presented the high state decorations to twenty outstanding Slovak personalities. Among them was Karel Šafařík, ALICE senior physicist, who received the 2nd class Ľudovít Štúr* order for the extraordinary contribution to the development of science and propagation of the Slovak reputation in foreign countries.
It is worth noting that Karel is the third Slovak member of the ALICE experiment awarded high state decorations for activities connected with CERN. The same order was awarded to Ladislav Šándor in 2010 and to Branislav Sitár in 2011.
*Ľudovít Štúr (1815 - 1856) was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, the politician, poet, journalist, teacher and linguist, author of the Slovak language standard leading to the codification of the contemporary Slovak literary language.