The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Notre Dame have entered into an agreement to create a new joint Institute for Theoretical Sciences. The purpose of the Institute for Theoretical Sciences (ITS) is to promote theoretical research at ANL and ND by attracting scientists, junior researchers, as well as graduate students in selected areas of basic and applied theoretical sciences. To achieve its aims, the institute cooperates with all Departments at ND and Divisions at ANL which pursue research in theoretical sciences. Furthermore, the institute coordinates its activities with other domestic and international academic institutions. The institute will promote and encourage the participation of underrepresented groups, such as women and underrepresented minorities at the highest levels of academia and research.
"The institute will provide visiting scientists with the opportunity to pursue research in the intellectually stimulating environments of Notre Dame and the Argonne National Laboratory," said Boldizsár Jankó, executive director of the new institute and associate professor of physics at Notre Dame.