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KU physicists poised for restart of upgraded Large Hadron Collider
By any measure, the Large Hadron Collider is the most advanced scientific instrument ever built by humans. In 2012, scientists using the gargantuan particle accelerator shook the world with observations of a subatomic particle closely resembling the Higgs boson, confirming a linchpin of the Standard Model of physics. Many KU physicists were among the LHC researchers who achieved this historic breakthrough. On March 12, the overhauled particle accelerator resumed operations at the higher level of energy. The complete press release can be accessed at this link.
Department Research Highlighted in Annual University Report
The potential breakthrough research on dark matter by Prof. Misha Medvedev has been featured as one of four projects discussed under the Making Discoveries section of the Chancellor's Annual Report on the University for 2015. The text section of the report can be viewed at this link, while video interviews about the research can be accessed at this link.
Department Faculty Among Fulbright Scholars
Congratulations to Prof. Dave Besson on his selection as a US Fulbright Scholar for 2014/15. The award enables recipients to teach and conduct research overseas as well as exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions with international peers. Dr. Besson was one of six KU faculty awarded a Fulbright, placing KU at the top of the Big 12 and among the top five universities in the nation. Dr. Besson will spend the spring of 2015 in Russia for his project titled “U.S.-Russian Antarctic Geophysics and Astrophysics". The complete press release can be accessed at this link.
Department Major Selected as University Scholar
Congratulations to undegraduate Audrey Evans on her selection as one of 20 University Scholars for 2015. University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials, commitment to their education, intellectual promise and evaluations by instructors, advisers and other faculty members. Students in their second year at KU with a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average are invited to apply. The University Scholars Program was founded in the spring of 1982 by Judge Deanell Tacha, then vice chancellor for academic affairs, and the late Professor Francis Heller. The program now counts more than 700 alumni who have gone on to success in a variety of professions. Audrey is from North Liberty, Iowa and is majoring in engineering physics. This year's Honors Seminar on the topic of Time is being taught by Prof. Phil Baringer. The complete news release can be found at this link.
Department Major Receives Undergrad Research Award
Congratulations to undergrad Quincy Wofford for receiving one of 51 undergrad research awards for Spring 2015. Quincy, a junior from Lee's Summit, Missouri, is majoring in interdisciplinary computing-astronomy. His project, “The Lunar Energetic AstroParticle (LEAP) Experiment,” is being mentored Prof. Dave Besson. The complete press release can be accessed at this link.