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Wednesday March 6, 2013
Smith Seminar Room
CCAPP Public Lecture - Free and open to all
The Large Hadron Collider, perhaps the greatest machine ever built by human beings, represents one step in a thousands-year-old quest to understand the nature of reality. A chapter in this adventure was closed with the much anticipated discovery of the Higgs Boson last summer. Its identification, and the measurement of its mass, has given us the first hint of what might be coming next. The favored idea, supersymmetry, would be the first extension of Einstein's space-time symmetry in 100 years. Will this be the generation to discover it, or is the information beyond our grasp?
David Kaplan is a professor of physics at Johns Hopkins University and producer of the upcoming documentary film Particle Fever.
Note: Documentary film crews will be present to record the talk and audience reactions.
(Watch the Lecture Online, same lecture but given in London)
Wednesday February 20, 2013
Smith Labs Room 1153 - Directions and Parking Info
CCAPP Public Lecture - Free and open to all
For decades, particle physicists have searched for the elusive Higgs boson, the missing piece to the "Standard Model" that explains the world we see. In July 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva announced that they found it. I will explain why the Higgs boson is so important, talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the LHC and get it running, and consider what the future of particle physics will look like.
Sean Carroll is a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research focuses on theoretical physics and cosmology, especially the origin and constituents of the universe. He has contributed to models of interactions between dark matter, dark energy, and ordinary matter; alternative theories of gravity; and violations of fundamental symmetries. Carroll is the author of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity, and The Particle at the End of the Universe.
He has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report (November 29, 2012 and March 10, 2010) and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette. His website: preposterousuniverse.com
The assembly of the International Space Station was completed in early 2011. Its largest research instrument, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is planned for launch in late April. Unlike any previous laboratory in space, the ISS offers a long term platform where scientists can operate experiments rapidly after developing a new research question, and extend their experiments based on early results.
This presentation will explain why having a laboratory in orbit is important for a wide variety of experiments that cannot be done on Earth. Some of the most important results from early experiments are already having impacts in areas such as healthcare, telemedicine, and disaster response. The coming decade of full utilization offers the promise of new understanding of the nature of physical and biological processes and even of matter itself.
This public lecture was featured in OSU's OnCampus Newspaper.
"Science In Space: Mothballed shuttles won't slow down scientific work aboard ISS"
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Dr. Julie A. Robinson is the Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center. She serves as the chief scientist for the ISS Program, representing all ISS research disciplines and providing information and recommendations both inside and outside of the agency. She chairs the ISS Program Science Forum, made up of the senior ISS scientists for each of the primary space agencies comprising the space station international partnership and represents NASA at the multinational agency ISS User Operations Panel. As ISS Program Scientist, Robinson has overseen the transition of the laboratory from the assembly period, with just a few dozen active investigations, to full utilization, with hundreds of active investigations.
Dr. Robinson has an interdisciplinary background in the physical and biological sciences. Her professional experience has included research activities in a variety of fields, including virology, analytical chemistry, genetics, statistics, field biology, and remote sensing. She has authored over 50 scientific publications.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Utah State University in 1989. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada Reno in 1996.
She began her career at NASA Johnson Space Center (working for Lockheed Martin), in the Image Science Laboratory and later led a major NASA-sponsored scientific project to facilitate a distribution network for global maps of coral reefs. She has collaborated with ecologists and conservation biologists in incorporating remote sensing data into their projects. Her most recent book from her continuing discipline work is the textbook Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation Biology (Oxford University Press 2010).
She joined NASA as a civil servant in the Office of the ISS Program Scientist in 2004, was named Deputy ISS Program Scientist in 2006, and ISS Program Scientist in 2007.
Scott Labs Room 0001
201 W 19th Ave
We have melted half of the eighty holes over two km deep in the Antarctic icecap to be used as astronomical observatories. Into each hole is lowered a string knotted with basketball-sized light detectors which are sensitive to the shimmering blue light emitted in the surrounding clear ice when ghostly particles called neutrinos pass through the Earth. These neutrinos are cosmic messengers from the most violent processes in the universe, for example giant black holes gobbling up stars in the heart of quasars, and gamma-ray bursts which are the biggest explosions since the Big Bang. Neutrinos will tell us if there are dark matter particles trapped in the heart of the Sun, and perhaps even reveal if there are additional dimensions in space.
Dr. Francis Halzen is a Hilldale and Gregory Breit Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a theoretician studying problems at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Since 1987, he has been working on the AMANDA experiment, a first-generation neutrino telescope at the South Pole. AMANDA obser- vations represent a proof of concept for IceCube, a kilometer-scale observatory now under construction.