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Silicon, Straws, and SUSY:Searches for Supersymmetry featuring the ATLAS Inner Detector

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Date: MONDAY, February 27th, 2017

Speaker:  Laura Jeanty, Lawrence BerkeleyNational Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Abstract:

The keystone of the standard model of particle physics, the Higgs Boson, was discovered during the first run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is halfway through its second run, with higher energy and higher intensity collisions providing a dataset ripe for discovery of physics beyond the standard model. Supersymmetry remains a promising theory for new physics accessible at the LHC. The inner tracking detector plays a crucial role in many

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Scott Fisher receives Teaching Award

Congratulations to Scott Fisher for receiving the 2017 Tykeson Teaching Award for Natural Sciences. His class was interrupted on Feb 22 by Associate Dean Hal Sadofsky, who presented the award. He was accompanied by CAS and Physics staff, and faculty colleagues and students from Physics (see photo).

Richard Taylor Profiled in The Atlantic About why Fractals are Soothing

You can read the full article here: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/why-fractals-are-so-soothing/514520/

“Your visual system is in some way hardwired to understand fractals,” said Taylor. “The stress-reduction is triggered by a physiological resonance that occurs when the fractal structure of the eye matches that of the fractal image being viewed.” If a scene is too complicated, like a city intersection, we can’t easily take it all in, and that in turn leads to some discomfort, even if subconsciously. It makes sense that our visual cortex would feel most at home

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