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IU Bloomington

Rick Van Kooten

Department of Physics

Expert Bio

Rick Van Kooten is professor of elementary particle physics (experimental) in the Department of Physics at IU Bloomington. He became vice provost for research at IU Bloomington in 2015 and executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

His primary research interests include the study of particles containing b quarks and searches for new particles not described by the current Standard Model, such as those predicted by Supersymmetry and the “missing link” of the Standard Model: the Higgs boson. He works on the D0 Collaboration and the ATLAS Collaboration.

He received a B.S. from University of Toronto in 1984 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1990.

Areas of Expertise

Research directions at IU Bloomington; collaborative, interdisciplinary research opportunities for IU Bloomington faculty, such as new Emerging Areas of Research program; participation of IU Bloomington faculty in IU Grand Challenges initiatives; research centers at IU Bloomington; research trends; research priorities; also a particle physicist.