CURRICULUM VITAE – Sau Lan Wu
(1) Professional Preparation:
Vassar College: B.A. (1963) (Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa)
Harvard University: M.A. (1964), Ph.D. (1970). Graduate advisor: Prof. K. Strauch MIT: Postdoc (1970-72), Research Physicist (1972-77). Postdoctoral advisor: Prof. S.C.C. Ting
(2) Scholarships and Fellowships:
1964-1965 Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellowship
1963-1964 Harvard Fellowship
1960-1963 Vassar Scholarship
1998-present Vilas Professor (highest ranking professorship), University of Wisconsin-Madison
1991 -1998 Hilldale Professorship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1990-present Enrico Fermi Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1983-present Professor, Physics Dept., University of Wisconsin-Madison
1980-1983 Associate Professor, Physics Dept., University of Wisconsin-Madison
1977-1980 Assistant Professor, Physics Dept., University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 2021: Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award
- 1999 – present: Honored to be included in the Archive on “Contributions of Women to 20th Century Physics.” Unveiled at the APS Centennial Meeting (http://cwp.library.ucla.edu)
- 1998 – present : Vilas Professorship (highest ranking professorships at the University of Wisconsin)
- 1996 : Elected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 1995 : Recipient of the 1995 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society “for the first evidence for three-jet events in e+e– collisions at PETRA,” which gives the first direct observation of the gluon (with P. Söding, B. Wiik, & G. Wolf)
- 1995 : 1995 Executive Committee Special Prize of the European Physical Society
- 1992 : Fellow of the American Physical Society
- 1991 -1998 : Hilldale Professorship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 1990 – present : Enrico Fermi Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin
- 1981 : Romnes Faculty Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (award given to outstanding faculty member soon after tenure)
- 1980 : Outstanding Junior Investigator Award by the U.S. Department of Energy
- 2006 – present : Advisory board for the Western ATLAS Tier 2 Center
- 2001 – 2004: SLAC Scientific Policy Committee to advise Stanford University President
- 1997 – 2001: General Councilor, The American Physical Society
- 1993 – 1996 : High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, U.S Department of Energy
- 1993 : DOE Annual Review Committee on SLAC programs
- 1992 : DOE Review Committee on SLAC programs for SLC and SLD
- 1989 – 1993 : Advisory Committee of CERN Users; appointed by the CERN Director-General, representing the non-member state users at CERN
- 1987 – 1990 : Advisory Committee on Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, DOE
- 1983 – 1985 : Experimental High Energy Physics Advisory Committee, SLAC
(6) Synergistic Activities:
- 1) MIT Postdoc with the experiment that led to the discovery of the J/ψ particle (charmed quark) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Nobel Prize for S.C.C. Ting and B. Richter in 1976)
- 2) Leading figure for the Gluon discovery at DESY (co-recipient of the 1995 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society)
- 3) Participation in and contribution to the discovery of CP Violation in B decays and to the measurements of the CKM angles β and α at the BaBar experiment
- 4) Wu and her Wisconsin group of physicists played a leading and outstanding role in the discovery of the Higgs Boson: in the H→γγ , H→ZZ→4 leptons and the Higgs combination effort. We have been among the major contributors and were among the first groups to obtain the five sigma observation, which contributed to the CERN announcement on July 4, 2012 of the discovery of a particle at ~125 GeV, now confirmed to be the Higgs boson.
- 5) 48 graduate students have obtained Ph.D. degrees under the supervision of Sau Lan Wu. 29 of her former students and postdocs have faculty positions and 10 are permanent staff in national and international high energy laboratories. Their first postdoc positions after obtaining the PhD are also listed here:
J. Freeman (FNAL), T. Barklow (SLAC), E. Wicklund (Caltech), H. Venkataramania (Yale), D. Strom (Chicago), M. Cherney (Berkeley), A. Caldwell (Columbia), S. Ritz (Columbia), D. Muller (SLAC), M. Takashima (CERN), D. Cowen (Caltech), J. Hilgart (CERN), J. Boudreau (CERN), J. Wear (U.C. Santa Cruz), Y. Pan (Wisconsin), D. Cinabro (Harvard), J. Pater (CERN), F. Webber (CERN), M. Walsh (Rutgers), L. Bellantoni (FNAL), Z. Feng (Johns Hopkins), Y. Gao (Harvard), J. Nachtman (UCLA), J. Grahl (Iowa), P. Elmer (Princeton), S. Armstrong (CERN), W. Orejudos (Berkeley), X. Wu (SBC Communications), O. Hayes (Booz Allen Hamilton), T. Greening (CERN), D. Ferguson (Wisconsin), J. Nielsen (Berkeley), E. Charles (Berkeley), P. McNamara (Rutgers), R. Liu (Berkeley Business School), J. Wu (Harvard), Z. Yu (Clear Shape Technologies), B. Cheng (Avestar-IP), K. Cranmer (BNL), A. Mihalyi (Princeton Consultants), K. Loureiro (Ohio State), P. Kutter (Citizen’s Insurance), W. Quayle (US ATLAS Fellow), E. Castaneda (Mexico Foreign Academic Fellow), H. Li (Stony Brook), G. Carrillo (Witwatersrand), A. Castaneda (Texas A&M), H. Wang (Berkeley).
(7) Collaborators & Other Affiliations:
TASSO Collaboration (1977-1989), ALEPH Collaboration (1980-2001),
BABAR Collaboration (1995-2007), ATLAS Collaboration (1993-present).
(8) Publications & Talks: 27 review articles, 1891 total publications in refereed journals.
(9) Ten selected publications:
- 1) Aubert et al., “Experimental Observation of a Heavy Particle J“, Phys.Rev.Lett. 33 (1974) 1404.
- 2) S.L.Wu, G.Zobernig, “A method of Three-Jet Analysis in e+e– Annihilation”, Z.Phys.C 2(1979) 107-110.
- 3) TASSO Coll., “Evidence for Planar Events in e+e– Annihilation”, Phys.Lett.B 86 (1979) 243-249.
- 4) S.L.Wu, “e+e– Physics at PETRA – the First Five Years”, Physics Reports 107 (1984) 59-324.
- 5) ALEPH Coll., “Determination of the Number of Light Neutrino Species” PLB 231(1989)519-529.
- 6) Sau Lan Wu, “Hadron Jets and the Discovery of the Gluon”, The Rise of the Standard Model-Particle Physics in the 1960s and 1970s. Edited by L. Hoddeson, L. Brown, M. Riordan, and M. Dreseden. Cambridge University Press, 1997 (Chapter 34, pages 600-621).
- 7) P. Soding, B. Wiik, G. Wolf, and S.L.Wu (presented by S.L.Wu), “The First Evidence for Three-Jet Events in e+e– Collisions at PETRA – First Direct Observation of the Gluon”, Proceedings of the Int. Euro-physics Conference on HEP, Brussels, July 27-August 2, 1995, 3-10 (1995).
- 8) BABAR Coll., “Measurement of the CP-Violating Asymmetries in B0 Decays to CP Eigenstates”, Phys.Rev.Lett. 86 (2001) 2515-2522.
- 9) ATLAS Coll., “Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson in the diphoton decay channel with 4.9 fb-1 of pp collisions at √s =7 TeV with ATLAS”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 111803 (2012).
- 10) ATLAS Coll., “Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC”, Phys. Lett. B 716 (2012) 1-29.
- (10) TEN SELECTED REVIEW ARTICLES (OUT OF 27)
- 1) e+e– Physics at PETRA – The First Five Years
Physics Reports 107 (1984) 59, 266 pages (pages 60-324).
- 2) Hadron Jets and Discovery of the Gluon
The 3rd International Symposium on the History of Particle Physics: The Rise of the Standard Model-Particle Physics in the 1960s and 1970s. Edited by L. Hoddeson, L. Brown, M. Riordan, and M. Dreseden. Cambridge University Press, 1997, (pages 600-621).
- 3) The Discovery of Gluons
Proceedings of the International Symposium on 30 Years of Neutral Currents from Weak Neutral Currents to the (W)/Z and Beyond, February 3-5, 1993, Santa Monica, California (pages 598-623).
- 4) The First Evidence for three-jet events in e+e– collisions at PETRA–First direct observation of the gluon
Proceedings of the International Europhysics Conference on High Energy Physics. July 27-August 2, 1995, Brussels, Belgium (pages 3-10).
This talk was given on the occasion of the award ceremony for the authors to accept the 1995 EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Prize.
- 5) Higgs Particle in the Standard Model: Experimental Results from LEP
Co-authored by Sau Lan Wu and Peter McNamara.
Reports on Progress in Physics 65 (2002) 465 (pages 465-528).
- 6) SEARCH FOR NEUTRAL HIGGS AT LEP 200
Invited Plenary Talk, Proceedings of the ECFA Workshop – LEP 200,
September 29-October 1, 1986, Aachen, West Germany (pages 312-367).
- 7) e+e– INTERACTIONS AT HIGH ENERGIES
Invited plenary Talk, Proceedings of the 1987 International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions at High Energies, July 27-31, 1987, Hamburg, Germany (pages 39-137).
- 8) RECENT RESULTS ON B MESON OSCILLATIONS
Invited plenary talk, Proceedings of the XVII International Symposium on Lepton-Photon Interactions, August 10-15, 1995, Beijing, China (pages 273-297).
9) HIGGS SEARCHES AT LEP II
Invited plenary talk, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Physics Potential and Development of μ+μ– Colliders, December 15-17, 1999, San Francisco, California.
10) THE HIGGS AT LAST
Co-authored by Michael Riordan, Guido Tonelli and Sau Lan Wu
Scientific American, October 2012 (pages 66-73).