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U.S. LHC Communications Report

U.S. LHC Communications and Media Relations: Sarah Charley (FNAL)

February 21, 2017

Recent and Upcoming Projects/Activities


February 7-8: Howie Day visit (for film project with CERN)

February 22: U.S. Mission visit

March 13-14: visit (Formerly Myth Busters, lead organizer Steve Goldfarb)

April 24: editor and freelance writer Ryan F. Mandelbaum

Recent Content

LHCb observes rare decay

(Feb 14) Symmetry article about the LHCb's single-experiment observation of the B0 decay into 2 muons.

Sign of a long-sought asymmetry

(Jan 30) Symmetry article about an observation of asymmetry in the decay patterns of matter and antimatter particles.

The robots of CERN

(Jan 26) Symmetry article about the way CERN uses robots to fix problems that humans can't.

Matter-antimatter mystery remains unsolved

(Jan 19) Symmetry article about results from an AD Hall experiment about the magnetic properties of antiprotons.

CERN ramps up neutrino program

(Jan 6) Symmetry article about the ongoing work at CERN's neutrino platform.

Anything to declare?

(Jan 5) Symmetry article about the transport of the CMS pixel detector components from the U.S. to CERN.

Upcoming Content

How to build a Universe

Symmetry article about the Sakarov conditions and how scientists are experimentally looking for evidence of the cosmic matter-anti-matter asymmetry.
Scheduled to publish: February 28

How strong is the strong force?

Symmetry article about ongoing research at Louisiana Tech University to measure the strength of the strong force at varying energies.
Scheduled to publish: early March

Moriond Conference results

At least one article covering the major results which will come out of the Moriond conference.
Scheduled to publish: mid-March (or whenever the results are made public)

From mess to measurement

Symmetry article about how scientists process LHC data and reconstruct particles to measure subatomic processes.
Scheduled to publish: TBD

What happened before the universe?

Symmetry article about what might have existed before the universe and the nature of time.
Scheduled to publish: March 21

CERN's antimatter experiments: What do we know and what's left to learn?

Symmetry article examining the current state of antimatter research at CERN (including experiments in the AD Hall, AMS, and the LHC experiments).
Scheduled to publish: TBD

Math versus Machine learning

Symmetry article about the best techniques to understand and analyze LHC data (Tufts University is publishing a paper about this in a few weeks). Assigned to undergraduate who is writing for us while he's at CERN.
Scheduled to publish: TBD

Cosmic rays help students look for buried archeological sites in Turkey

Symmetry article about ongoing work at Texas Tech University in which undergraduates work with professors to design cosmic ray detectors that can withstand the elements and help them search for buried archeological sites. Assigned to undergraduate who is writing for us while he's at CERN.
Scheduled to publish: TBD

Media Highlights

NPR: World's most destructive Stone Marten Goes On Display In The Netherlands

Smithsonian: Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physics

Popular Mechanics: Ill-Fated Critter Killed by LHC is Now a Museum Exhibit

Guardian: Totally stuffed: CERN's electrocuted weasel to go on display

Live Science: Animal Electrocuted at Atom Smasher Gets New "Life" in Morbid Exhibit

Gizmodo: Dead Weasel That Took Down the Large Hadron Collider To Appear in Museum

Newser: Meet the Marten That Shut Down the Hadron Collider

Other news:

A Path to New Physics: Assessing Top Quark Mass at the Large Hadron Collider
(Feb 9) Florida Tech article based on a U.S. LHC story pitch sent to their press office.
Carnegie Mellon Physicists Search for Supersymmetry at the Large Hadron Collider
(Feb 19) Carnegie Mellon article based on a U.S. LHC pitch to their press office.
The search for dark matter continues
(Feb 7) University of Texas Arlington (The Shorthorn) article about a new planetarium show about dark matter and their contribution.
LHC sees matter and antimatter misbehaving in alternate particle
(Feb 2) Article about the recent LHCb antimatter asymmetry observation (also covered in Symmetry magazine).