Peter Salamon served as TSRC's first Chairman of the Board and President from 1984 through 1987, and has organized almost an average of one workshop per year since 1984. A professor in the mathematics department at San Diego State University since 1980, he has also held visiting positions at Tel Aviv University, University of Coopenhagen, University of Heidelberg, and the Hebrew University.
At the age of ten, Peter emigrated with his family from Hungary to the United States. He grew up in Chicago, and eventually attended the University of Chicago, where he got his PhD in chemistry in the research group of R. Stephen Berry. As a result, he got his introduction to Colorado workshops as a graduate student in Aspen. The impetus for starting workshops in Telluride originated when the Aspen Center for Physics schedule did not have room for a thermodynamics workshop in their 1984 program. With encouragement from Steve Berry, he organized the first Telluride workshop in 1984 and incorporated TSRC as a non-proft shortly thereafter in January 1985.
Peter managed most of the early logistics and administration of TSRC, from negotiating the first meeting space at the Telluride high school in 1984 to applying for grants to recruiting new organizers. "I went to Telluride January of 1984 to make arrangements for the first workshop," writes Peter. "Karma Denton at Telluride Central Reservations gave a lot of help for arranging housing. The school principal (Cleve Pemberthy?) let us use the school facilities for free. The first workshop lasted three weeks and had 18 participants. Around the second week of the workshop, I went to James Craft, an attorney in town to start the process of officially incorporating TSRC as a non-profit, so I guess that is when I became president. That fall, on Steve's suggestions, I visited Bill and Tina Reinhardt in Philadelphia and showed them enough pictures of kids playing in beautiful scenery to convince them to come as a family. In 1985, there were three workshops. I believe this is also when Wendy Brooks and the Telluride Academy took over from Central Reservations to coordinate our housing. The workshops were on finite-time thermodynamics, clusters and nonlinear dynamics. I had some student support from the American Chemical Society, which kept Darius Brooks and some other local high school students doing some science and lots of xeroxing."
Ever adventurous, Peter and his then 4-year-old daughter Anna left from Alta Lakes, five-miles south of Telluride, one summer morning in 1985 to hike up Palmyra Peak at 13,251 ft, and then walk back to Telluride descending more than 4,000 ft.. They made it back at 2:00 a.m. the next day, after half the workshop participants combed the mountains for them. This spirit of “exploring interesting directions” has been a hallmark of all the TSRC workshops he has organized and led to a format he pioneered of picking apart one hour talks in four hour sessions.
"I filed the first year's taxes with the IRS, but did a miserable job and Bill volunteered the summer of 1985 to take over as treasurer. In 1986, there were again the same three workshops as well as a simulated annealing workshop. I served as president until January of 1987, when Bill took over."
Nearly every one of TSRC’s 370 workshops held since 1984 has been housed in a Telluride School District classroom. Starting with one room in the old cinder block high school, moving to the historic elementary school, and then to the current location of the newer Intermediate School (where thankfully the circuits don’t blow), TSRC has always been a little “hard” on the school. “The year was 1986,” writes Peter Salamon. “We were able to use the high school’s computers for the third year in a row, thanks to sympathetic school administration and a sympathetic computer science teacher, Irwin Wetzel. We even got to use the principal’s personal computer, which we moved from the school to the house Jerzy Bernholc was renting. The computer suffered a disk crash and although we spent many hours with Norton utilities trying to recover what we could for him, he lost about half of his files. Our access to the school’s computers became more limited after this event. It took 21 years for the school to grant TSRC access to their computers again.
"In 1988, I ran a neural networks workshop. In the early nineties, I co-organized three computational molecular biology (genome stuff) workshops which were funded by DOE. I was also doing thermo workshops, which by then were organized by Bjarne Andresen and Karl Heinz Hoffmann. I vividly recall Bill and Tina's wine and cheese parties, which replaced the BBQ's during Bill's reign. They had a Camelot feel to them. The rest gets hazy."
The immense influence TSRC has had on his scientific development since he was a young scientist has made him a staunch believer in keeping the Telluride workshops financially accessible to graduate students and postdocs. To honor Peter's lasting contribution to TSRC, in 2008 the Board of Directors established a scholarship for young scientists in his name.
October 2008, Peter Salamon, TSRC Co-Founder, Professor of Mathematics, San Diego State University
Paul Barbara Scholarship Awardees
2015 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Manuela A. Gross, University of Cambridge, England Her research interests include renewable and sustainable energy sources, production of solar fuels, and green chemistry. Other areas of research include biomimics and bioinspired catalyst design, organometallic chemistry and transition metal catalysis.
Sebastian Buchenberg, Albert-Ludwig-University, Germany His main scientific interest is the connection between fast time scale vibrational energy transport and slow time scale signal transport.
2014 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Timothy Duignan, Australian National University, Australia His research involves developing models of ion-ion and ion-surface interactions in water using an implicit solvent model. The aim is to explain and predict the properties of electrolyte solutions, which play a vital role in a huge number of biological and industrial applications.
Nicholas Jackson, Northwestern University, USA His research focuses on the interplay of conformational and electronic properties in conjugated polymers, using classical and quantum simulations to study aggregation solubility and charge generation in organic photovoltaics.
2013 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Rebecca Swett, Wayne State University, USA Her research involves the design of bioinformatics software to correlate a gene region of interest to disease phenotypes. By searcing for region-restricted single nucleotide polymorphisms across multiple genome wide association studies, it is possible to find scientifically investigable mutations in any protein, RNA, or gene of interest.
Tomas Solomek, University of Fribourg, Switzerland His research is devoted to the study of reaction mechanisms and the development of new photoremovable protecting groups; his interests encompass experimental and theoretical photochemistry and the chemistry of reactive intermediates, especially open-shell biradicals.
2012 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Natasha Hodas, Rutgers University, Department of Environmental Sciences, USA Research: Refining estimates of human exposure to particulate air pollution in order to reduce error in health studies. Specifically, the development, evaluation, and implementation of a method to estimate indoor concentrations of outdoor-generated particles.
James J. Shepherd, University of Cambridge, The University Chemical Laboratory Research includes the theoretical development of novel electronic structure techniques to describe solid state systems using plane-wave wavefunctions. In particular, using Ali Alavi's full configuration interaction quantum Monte Carlo to make progress toward exact solutions to the homogeneous electron gas Hamiltonian.
2011 FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
Christina Marie Ragain, University of Texas at Austin Research: The Role of Electrostatics in Binding Discrimination Investigated by Vibrational Stark Effect Spectroscopy
Tanyana Gennadyevna Terentyeva, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) Research: Single Molecule Study of Enzyme Kinetics
Peter Salamon Past Awardees
2015 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Konstantinos Tsekouras, Indiana University-Perdue University, Indianapolis, USA
Ivan Coluzza, University of Vienna, Austria
Félix Mouhat, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Muhammad Shahbaz, University of Delaware, USA
Alexander Kunitsa, Boston University, USA
Alexander Edelman, University of Chicago, USA
Fabio Revuelta, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Igor Schapiro, IPCMS-CNRS, France
Sarah Lucas, University of Minnesota, USA
2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Shujie Shi, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Andrew Frierdich, University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Tuguldur Odbadrakh, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Paul McGonigal, Northwestern University, USA
Frank Pickard, National Institute of Health, USA
Blake Rankin, Purdue University, USA
Srinivas Somarowthu, Yale University, USA
Florentina Tofoleanu, National Institutes of Health, USA
Zhe Peng, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Robert Parrish, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Mangesh Chaudhari, Sandia National Lab, USA
Joshua Goings, University of Washington, USA
Benjamin Goehler, University of Muenster, Germany
Brian Alberding, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Frank Boldt, Technische Universitaet Chemnitz, Germany
2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Tommy Byrd, College of William and Mary, USA
Sudeshna Chanda, Indian Institute of Techonology, India
Naveen Dandu, Los Alamos National Laboratory and North Dakota State University, USA
Chaowen Guo, Texas Tech University, USA
William Fellows, Georgia Tech, USA
Michal Hapka, University of Warsaw, Poland
Oleksandr Loboda, Université de Lorraine, CNRS, SRSMC UMR 7565, France.
Anne Marsden, University of Chicago, USA
Anca Meffre, CNRS - INSA Toulouse, LPCNO, France
Leonardo A. Pachon, University of Antioquia, Colombia
Tsai Hung Ming, Texas Tech University, USA
Shanavas Veedu, University of Missouri, USA
2012 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Abdel Alli, Emory University, USA
James Allan, University of Manchester, England
Chris Gorski, Eawag, Switzerland
Emilie Guidez, Kansas State University, USA
Mikko Huttunen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Julio Palma, Arizona State University, USA
Niccolo Peruzzi, University of Florence, Italy
Zachary Pozun, University of Texas, USA
Tamar Stein, Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics, Israel
2011 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Aditi Borker, Cambridge University, England
Jeff Bowman, University of Washington, USA
Szilard Fejer, Univesity of Szeged, Hungary
Amanda Fossard, Scripps Institution of Oceanographym USA
Jason R. Green, Northwestern University, USA,
Scott Gruenbaum, University of Wisconsin, USA
Niel Henriksen, University of Utah, USA
Matthias Heyden, University of California, Irvine, USA
Tatyana Kuznetsova, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Andrew Miklos, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Olena Postupna, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Laura Riccardi, Freiburg University
Benjamin Saenz, Stanford University, USA
Michael Yonkunas, Rush University Medical Center, USA
Joel Yuen, Harvard University, USA
2010 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Purushottam Dixit, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Cary Boyd, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Edward Hohenstein, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Yana Kholod, Iowa State University, USA
Giridhar Nandipati, University of Central Florida, USA
Salomeh Tabatabaei, Rice University, USA
Cheng Zhang, Rice University, USA
2009 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Ryan Hulscher, University of Puget Sound, USA
Keehyoung Joo, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Korea
Jooyoung Lee, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Korea
Suzanne Kern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Vanja Klepac-Ceraj, Harvard Medical School, USA
Oliver Lipscombe, University of Tennessee, USA
Steven May, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
William Pfalzgraff, University of Puget Sound, USA
Kaspar Sakmann, Uni Heidelberg, Germany
Nickolay Shestopalov, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Aubrey Weigel, Colorado State University, USA
Yuedong Yang, University of Indiana, USA
Michael Yonkunas, Carnegie Mellon, USA
Jingfen Zhang, University of Missouri Columbia, USA
2008 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Albert DeFusco, University of Pittsburgh, USA
An Ghysels, Ghent University, Belgium
Lelia Hawkins, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
Jaegil Kim, Boston University, USA
Revati Kumar, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Shang Liu, University of California San Diego, USA
Yilin Meng, University of Florida, USA
Sara Quaytman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Rachel Schwartz, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA