Barbara Szczerbinska - College of Arts and Sciences
Barbara Szczerbinska is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. Barbara holds a PhD in Physics with an emphasis in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, SC and an MS in theoretical physics from University of Wroclaw (UW) in Wroclaw, Poland.
Barbara's current research interests focus on neutrino-nucleus cross sections relevant to atmospheric and long baseline experiments. She works on this subject together with world known researches in the field: Prof. Kuniharu Kubodera from University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, Prof. Harry Lee from Argonne National Laboratory, Batavia, IL and Prof. Toru Sato from Osaka University, Japan. She is a member of Homestake-DUSEL Collaboration (Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory) which includes several in and out of state universities, Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Dr. Szczerbinska, together with Prof. Baha Balantekin from University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the Center For Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Fields (CETUP*). The purpose of the CETUP* is to promote organized research in physics, astrophysics, geosciences, geomicrobiology and other fields related to underground science via individual and collaborative research. The inaugural CETUP* meeting was held in the Black Hills summer 2011 and was attended by 35 of the top theoretical and experimental physicists from around the world. Feedback from this first meeting was so strong that a second meeting is planned with attendance expected to double. Prospects for development of a long term facility are being explored.