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February 19, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull



California State University, Dominguez Hills, receives $222,000 grant to help explore the beginnings of the universe

California State University, Dominguez Hills, has received a new three-year, $222,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help explore the mass and matter of the universe, key to understanding the very beginnings of the universe.

The money is helping continue the ongoing project in Japan known as “Super-K,” which is scanning for solar, atmospheric, and supernova neutrinos. The project includes four nations – Japan, the United States, the Republic of South Korea, and Poland.
Principal investigator for the CSU Dominguez Hills contingent is Kenneth Ganezer, professor of physics.

“We’re going to learn the fundamental laws of nature,” Ganezer said.

How so? “We want to understand the issue of mass and matter and what they are. This is beyond Einstein. Not only is it equivalent to energy via E=mc2, but where it comes from.” In fact, this evidence that solar and atmospheric neutrinos – tiny, electrically neutral, sub-atomic particles - have mass will change the way we view nuclear fusion, stellar evolution, and the smallest components of matter.

The importance of the experiment cannot be overstated, said Ganezer , who has toiled 15 years on Super-K and other similar projects. “This experiment may ultimately help us uncover the beginnings of the universe –and perhaps unveil what lies at its end. It may reveal the largest – and smallest – objects in the universe. And, there may never be another experiment like it that can probe such basic phenomena.”

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director, Media Relations, at (310) 243-3367.