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Contributors: M. Savage and R. Springer.
The role that strangeness will play at the RHIC facility in the identification of the quark-qluon plasma (QGP) was not discussed during the meeting. However, considerable work has been devoted to examining the flavor structure of a QGP, and how this might be reflected in the hadronic decay products following the transition back to low temperatures and densities, for instance, -suppression (for a recent review see) and strange baryon production[32,33]. Discussions during the meeting (and the subsequent Physics of Strangeness program) made clear the present limits of our understanding of the strong interactions among non-strange hadrons and strange hadrons, even at nuclear density and zero temperature. If strangeness is to be used as an indicator of strong interaction structure beyond the hadronic phase then the strangeness behavior of the pure hadronic phase must be understood. At present it is not. Therefore, if flavor-tagging is to be used in the identification of a QGP, it is vital that experimental investigations of the interactions of strange hadrons continue. This includes a coherent hypernuclear physics program.