I will provide a theoretical perspective on searches for physics beyond the Standard Model involving hadrons and nuclei. After presenting an overview of this exciting field, I will focus on two probes that shed light on the origin of neutrino mass and its symmetries. First, I will discuss neutrino-less double beta decay as a probe of lepton number violation, with emphasis on the physics reach of planned experiments as well as theoretical progress towards a QCD-based treatment of the transition amplitudes. Second, I will discuss the prospects to observe lepton family violation in deep inelastic scattering processes at the future Electron-Ion Collider, assessing the discovery potential in light of other probes of this physics.
Zoom link will be available via announcement email, or by contacting: ncwarrin[at]uw.edu.