Computational Nuclear Physics:
A Symposium in Honor of Steven C. Pieper
Friday, 11 October 2019


Steven C. Pieper was a distinguished computational and theoretical nuclear physicist at Argonne from 1972 to 2018. His work emphasized solving hard problems in theoretical nuclear physics with ground-breaking calculations. He was a co-author of the widely-used Ptolemy code for direct heavy-ion reactions, contributed significantly to the development of the Speakeasy computer language, and was a leader in the application of quantum Monte Carlo methods in nuclei. (He also made movies, as above). He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a recipient of the 2000 University of Chicago Medal for Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory, and of the 2010 American Physical Society Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics.

The Symposium will be held in the Physics Division Auditorium in Building 203 at Argonne National Laboratory.
It will begin with a Physics Division Colloquium in the morning and continue with a number of talks in the afternoon.

Schedule & Speakers

  • 11:00 Robert Wiringa, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 12:00 lunch
  • 13:30 Joe Carlson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 14:00 Ingo Sick, University of Basel
  • 14:30 James Vary, Iowa State University
  • 15:00 break
  • 15:30 Ralph Butler, Middle Tennessee State
  • 16:00 Zhengtian Lu, University of Science and Technology of Chiana
  • 16:30 Maria Piarulli, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 17:00 open mic


Registration, Site Access & Support

All meeting participants must complete the following two steps:

Because of new DOE/Laboratory policies, workshop attendees who are not US citizens must submit an up to date Curriculum Vitae during the gate pass application process. Laboratory guidelines state that: "CV's must provide all science and technology specialties, all work positions with no gaps in time, and current/accurate names of all academic institutions attended." If you have any questions please email Debbie Beres (


All meeting participants should book their own accomodation. A list of area accomodations is avaliable HERE. Note booking from this web link will get best local rates.

Please note, because of new DOE/Laboratory policies, workshop attendees with accompanying guests who are not U.S. citizens must seek off-site lodging.

Directions to the Laboratory

Map and directions: Official Welcome Site
The Laboratory is located just south of I-55, east of I-355 and west of I-294. Exit from I-55 at Cass Avenue South (Exit no. 273A). Turn right on Northgate Road (just past the Frontage Road). Proceed to the Visitors Information Center or (if you arrive after hours) the Main Guard Gate.

Directions to PHY

The meeting will be held in the Physics Division Auditorium that is a short distance inside the front (south) entrance of Building 203. Here is a map of the site: map. Parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the front of Building 203.

The coordinates of the Argonne North Gate are ( 41.717966,-87.97824 ). For an alternative map, just cut-and-paste these coordinates into the "Google Maps" search field.