Higgs: Sweet Dream or Nightmare? PERIMETER’S PUBLIC LECTURE ON November 7


The elusive Higgs boson particle, predicted half a century ago, was discovered this summer, capturing international attention. Why did the discovery take so long and why is it so important? And the real question, now that the Higgs has been found, what’s next for particle physics?

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, October 17, 2012 – The elusive Higgs boson particle, predicted half a century ago, was discovered this summer, capturing international attention. Why did the discovery take so long and why is it so important? And the real question, now that the Higgs has been found, what’s next for particle physics?

On Wednesday, November 7, as part of Perimeter Institute’s Public Lecture Series presented by Sun Life Financial, Professor Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University, will bring this fascinating Higgs boson search to life and share her first-hand insights about whether the future of particle physics looks to be a dream or, maybe, a nightmare.

Professor Franklin is an experimental particle physicist who is working on studies of hadron collisions produced by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory with the Collider Detector Facility (CDF) and the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Born and raised in Canada, Professor Franklin received her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and her Doctorate from Stanford University. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana and was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard, before joining the Harvard faculty in 1989 and becoming the first female tenured faculty member in the department of physics in 1992.

Professor Franklin’s lecture, entitled “Discovery of the Higgs Boson: Sweet Dream or Nightmare”, will be held Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 PM ET in Waterloo, Ontario. Tickets will be available starting Monday, October 22, 2012.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Perimeter also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers, and the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter is a successful example of public-private collaboration in scientific research, training, and outreach. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/

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