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University of Texas at Dallas
800 W Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080
United States

Company Description: The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Committee Chair and Physics Professor
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courtesy of Joseph ..., 20 Mar 2011 [cached]
courtesy of Joseph Izen
On site at ATLAS, in Switzerland, where UTD professor Joseph Izen is one member on the team that searches debris resulting from nuclear collisions looking for clues to find what dark mater is.
UTD Physics professor Joseph Izen is spending this academic year conducting research at CERN, but will resume teaching on campus in the fall.
Izen leads a 13-person shift crew in the ATLAS Control Room during the night shift.
"It's humbling to sit at the helm of a billion-dollar detector while the rest of Europe is at home and in bed," Izen said.
The UTD team has helped commission and operate the ATLAS detector during the past four years, and ATLAS has been accumulating physics data since March 2010, Izen said.
UTD's CERN team includes two professors, Izen and Lou, two postdoctoral researchers, Mahsana Ahsan and Kendall Reeves, and a team of graduate students.
Major discoveries are anticipated during the coming two years, Izen said, and research with the Large Hadron Collider is expected to continue beyond 2020.
Groundbreaking to Kick Off New Era in Science Education -- UT Dallas News, 23 June 2011 [cached]
"For open spaces outside classrooms and labs, we've listened to what today's students want," said physics Professor Joe Izen, chair of the MSET faculty advisory committee.
Physics senior Alex Palmer leads the ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Physics senior Alex Palmer leads the way onto the second floor of the Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center, with John Hoffman, physics professor, not far behind. Physics professor Joseph Izen stays to take pictures from the landing.
Physics professor Joseph Izen stays to take pictures from the landing.
MSET committee chair and physics professor Joseph Izen, who said this was the first building project he had been involved with, didn't seem to notice and took pictures of every room.
"It's really exciting to see," Izen said.
Izen said that the committee considered how the MSET would be used after construction to make the building more functional.
"Because of student input, we have double the density of power outlets," Izen said.
"It could use a little bit of carpeting and walls, but I can't wait for the throng of students," Izen said.
Joe Izen got caught up in ..., 1 Aug 2008 [cached]
Joe Izen got caught up in the old time music scene during the early 80's after moving to Ithaca, New York.
By 1980, Joe had switch from guitar to banjo as his main instrument. In 1982, equipped with a Ph.D. and a copy of a Whyte Lady banjo purchased with graduation present money, Joe headed off for post-doctoral work in Hamburg, Germany. During this time, Joe worked on techniques such as drop-thumbing, but most of all on capturing the joyful sound of the music from Ithaca dances and jams. In Germany, he mainly played with friends, but made his first public appearance on banjo at the Blockhütte, a country bar in St. Pauli, Hamburg just off the Reeperbahn. In 1986, Joe moved to Urbana, Illinois and settled into the old time music and dance scene in the Midwest. Two years later at a Swing into Spring dance weekend in Indiana, Joe plus a bunch Urbana-Champaign dancers took a band workshop together and the Saline Ditch Stringband was born. Within a year, they had a tighter sound, a much better name ("The Cradlerockers" after the tune, "Rock the Cradle Joe" - everyone in the band was a parent except for Joe), and were playing regularly for dances. Two midwestern banjo players whose playing influenced Joe were Steve Rosen of the Volo Bogtrotters and Dave Landreth of the Allen Street Stringband.
Four years later, after co-hosting a weekly radio show and settling how any children they might someday have would be raised, Neia and Joe decided to date. The rest happened rather quickly.
Neia and Joe hooked up with Ray Quigley to form the core of Squirrelheads in Gravy shortly after moving to Texas in 1991. (Originally the Raynormalization Stringband, the band was renamed with help from former Squirrelhead, Gary Washmon, a fiddler in Denton, TX).
Joe and Neia tend to prefer a driving southern-style rather than the more melodic New England style.
Joe says that he only sings when the band is amplified so loudly that no one on the dance floor can hear him.
When Joe isn't playing banjo he is a physics professor at UT Dallas doing elementary particle physics with the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and with the BaBar expirement at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. After twenty years in Texas, Neia has taken an academic job in Virginia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Special Education at George Mason University. When Neia tells Joe he's special, he doesn't know whether to worry.
When the number of fiddles in the Squirrelheads grew, Joe thought the banjo section was getting short shrift, and he made a pitch for another banjo. Joe's bandmates had a different kind of banjo pitch in mind. They told Joe he played so well that there was no need for another banjo. Joe is mollified for the moment.
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