On November 9, 2020, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP) celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of its emblematic building on the Stony Brook campus. The Center was founded in 2008, and moving to the new building was a momentous occasion.
We decided to use this event to put the Center in perspective: Its mission, history and roots, its impact in the research landscape and how it integrates in the campus and local community. It is the first such assessment of the Center, and it will serve as the foundation for forthcoming annual reports.
The task was more demanding than expected, but thanks to the sustained effort of a number of people from the Center, and specific contributions from our community, the project was brought to fruition.
We should thank in particular the Center’s Art Director, Lorraine Walsh, who coordinated this large task, and also Deputy Director Sasha Abanov, members of the newsletter and Center staff, Maria Guetter and Maria Shtilmark, and two of our Research Assistant Professors, Kantaro Ohmori and Rodrigo Barbosa. The Director Luis Álvarez-Gaumé also participated in the many brainstorming sessions that guided and inspired the project. We are also grateful to Amy Herling for her dedication and great technical skills.