Gathering to Honor and Celebrate Prof. Bruce Bunker's Career

Saturday, June 23

Conference talks in the Jordan Hall of Science

Conference banquet in the Jordan Hall of Science Reading Room


Professor Bruce Bunker received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Washington in 1980. After postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he moved to the University of Notre Dame in 1983. Since then, he has advised many graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and collaborated with many researchers via the application of numerous synchrotron-based techniques. In particular, Bruce has worked for decades to advance the development and application of x-ray absorption spectroscopy to many areas of science. Besides chairing the International X-ray Absorption Society and being the Director of the MRCAT sector at the Advanced Photon Source, Bruce has chaired numerous advisory and review committees at other synchrotrons around the world.  



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 There is a small registration fee for the event ($50) to offset the cost of a coffee break and the banquet.

Talk Details

Forthcoming. Contact Ken Kemner if you are interesting in participating with a talk.


Room blocks have been reserved at two hotels in downtown South Bend.

  • Aloft South Bend ($149/$165)

Click here to book at Aloft South Bend

  • Doubletree South Bend ($129)

Click here to book at Doubletree South Bend


All events will be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in the Jordan Hall of Science. 

Travel Information:
South Bend is located along Interstate-80 and near Highway 31, approximately 1h 30m east of Chicago. The closest airport is the South Bend International Airport. Chicago O'Hare and Midway are ~2 hours from Notre Dame. Aside from car rental, the most convenient way to travel from the O'Hare or Midway airports in Chicago is via the Coach USA shuttle ( to either South Bend Airport, then take a taxi or Uber to your hotel, or Notre Dame campus directly.

Parking is available at the following locations:

  • Stadium Lot
  • Bulla Lot (section without gate)
  • Visitor Lot (Free after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends). The Visitor Lot is located on the west end of the Walsh Architecture parking lot.

Please visit and enable overlays to view these areas including Accessible Parking.