First Announcement:
The 2nd International Symposium on Nuclear Symmetry Energy

June 17-20, 2011
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts


Dear Colleague:
We are organizing the Second International Symposium on Nuclear Symmetry Energy, NuSYM11. The Symposium will be held from June 17 till June 20, 2011 at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. We have chosen this time because the Gordon Conference on Nuclear Chemistry ends in the morning of June 17 and we hope that many of you will be able to extend your stay in New England. Transportation from the GRC site (New London, NH) and Smith College will be arranged by the organizers.

Northampton is a typical, very pretty, college town located about 100 miles south of New London. It is a vibrant cultural and educational center located in the heart of Pioneer Valley with about 30,000 students in the Five College Consortium composed of Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College. Hampshire College and the largest campus of the University of Massachusetts located at Amherst.

We plan to discuss recent progress and new challenges in the topics discussed at RIKEN during the NuSYM10 Symposium and specifically:

* Advances in the area of nuclear equation of state;
* Theoretical and experimental developments pertinent to determining the equation of state of isospin asymmetric nuclear matter;
* Symmetry energy information coming from nuclear reactions, nuclear structure, masses and collective modes;
* Effects of symmetry energy in astrophysics.

Invitation letters may be provided upon request for the NuSYM11 participants who need a US visa.

The International Advisory Committee is composed of:

Lie-Wen Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Maria Colonna (INFN, Catania)
Francesca Gulminelli (LPC Caen)
Tadaaki Isobe (RIKEN)
Bao-An Li (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
Akira Ono (Tohoku University)
Hiroyoshi Sakurai (RIKEN)
Massimo Di Toro (INFN, Catania)
Wolfgang Trautmann (GSI)

The Local Organizing Committee is composed of:

Pawel Danielewicz (MSU)
Michael Famiano (WMU)
Umesh Garg (Notre Dame)
William Lynch (MSU)
Betty Tsang (MSU)
Sherry Yennello (Texas A&M)
Malgorzata Zielinska-Pfabe (Smith College)

In a couple of weeks from now we will start a website for the Symposium and will be able to send you more information. If you are interested in NuSYM11, please send an e-mail to the Symposium e-mail address and we will provide you with the web page address and with email updates on NuSYM11.

We would like to ask you to circulate this information among your colleagues. We will be obliged for any suggestions concerning the program and the speakers.

With best regards from the Organizing Committee


January 6, 2011