"DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel University Grants Program Subpanel Report" July 22, 2007 (3.2MB pdf)
From the subpanel: High
Energy Physics is at a unique point in its history: We're
only a year from the
LHC while continuing to extend our scientific reach into
new directions with neutrinos and non-accelerator-based studies–that's
exciting. At the same time, we soon leave behind our large
national programs: the Tevatron, PEP-II, and CLEO – and
that's potentially unsettling.
As a mature discipline, we enjoy a stable, respected presence
on our campuses as well as with DOE and NSF.
Supporting and promoting our field relies on structures and
relationships which were built during a previous era in HEP,
one very different from what we face today. Do these traditional
relationships with our universities and our funding
agencies scale smoothly to the next generation?
We have been asked by HEPAP to review the entire university
HEP program with recommendations due by the HEPAP meeting in late spring of 2007. This is a singular opportunity to endorse what
works, to constructively criticize what does not, and to
make specific recommendations about how we best evolve our
field into a new era.
We cannot pretend to do this ourselves, and so we
are making an broad appeal to our community for
input. Please take a moment to read the subpanel charge
and to think about your future: Imagine the U.S. HEP university
program over the next generation and how you think it might
evolve–and how you think it should evolve. Is everything
currently in working order? Are you confident of HEP's future
on your campus? Are changes required? How do you expect to prepare for new projects like ILC, neutrino oscillation experiments, LHC upgrades, astrophysics and/or cosmology detectors? We need to hear from