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U.S. LHC Communications Weekly Report

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

August 29, 2017

Recent and Upcoming Projects/Activities


July 8: Al Gore private visit with granddaughter

August 8-9: Sonia Ortega, Head of National Science Foundation European Office

September 8: Michael Lucibella, editor of "Antarctic Sun"

September ?: U.S. Mission visit to protoDUNE

Ongoing Projects

"Collision Course" mobile game website update

US LUA quality of life website

Recent Content

Icarus lands at Fermilab

(CERN Update) Article about ICARUS and its arrival at Fermilab. Published: July 27, 2017

Groundbreaking for an international neutrino experiment

(CERN Update) Article about the LBNF groundbreaking event in Lead, South Dakota, and CERN's partnership with the DUNE collaboration. Published: July 21, 2017

When was the Higgs actually discovered?

(Symmetry) Long-form narrative about the story behind the discovery of the Higgs boson and the scientific process. Published: July 3, 2017

What's really happening during an LHC collision?

(Symmetry) Article that looks at what happens when particles interact during an LHC collision. Published: June 30, 2017

Howie Day records love song to physics

(Symmetry) Article about the physics-themed music video in which How Day parodies his song "Collide." Based on the original 2015 parody produced by US LHC and performed by three graduate students. Published: June 23, 2017

Fermilab 50th video

(CERN Facebook and Twitter) Video birthday card from CERN to Fermilab in honor of Fermilab's 50th anniversary. Published: June 15, 2017

How to clean inside the LHC

(Symmetry) Article about how scrubbing works and why it's so important. Published: June 12, 2017

A tale of three cities

(Symmetry) Article about the ICARUS experiment, its origins, refurbishment, and how it will be used at Fermilab. Published: June 6, 2017

LHC swings back into action

(Symmetry) Article about the spring start-up of the LHC. Published: May 23, 2017

Did you see it?

(Symmetry video) Ask Symmetry video featuring Tulika Bose about why the LHC has two similar experiments looking for the same rare phenomena. Published: April 27, 2017

Upcoming Stories

Brookhaven's 70th birthday

(CERN Facebook and Twitter) Video birthday card from CERN to Brookhaven celebrating Brookhaven's 70th birthday.
Scheduled: September 19, 2017

ATLAS W mass measurement

(Brookhaven and Symmetry) Article about the W mass measurement recently made by the ATLAS experiment. Scheduled to come out as soon as the paper is published.
Scheduled: End of September

Before the Universe

(Symmetry) Article which explores different theories about the birth of our universe and the nature of time.
Scheduled: TBD

How LHC data is made

(Symmetry) Article about what data is and how scientists use the electrical pulses generated by passing particles to reconstruct what happened during the collision.
Scheduled: TBD

How to make a Higgs

(Symmetry) Article about the production mechanisms of the Higgs boson.
Scheduled: TBD

The secret life of Higgs bosons

(Symmetry) Article about what we know about Higgs bosons and what's left to learn.
Scheduled: TBD

Media Highlights visited CERN in the spring and has published several videos from their visit throughout the summer:

Science in Progress: Making Supermagnets at CERN

(July 27) Kishore heads down into another detector experiment at CERN to learn about the inner workings of ALICE. Plus, we learn how supermagnets are put together at CERN's superconducting electromagnet factory.

Tested's Simone Giertz Goes to CERN!

(August 23) Tested's Simone Giertz explores CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider and incredible particle detector experiments. We trek 80 meters underground into the cavern home of the ATLAS experiment, visit the CERN computing center, and learn how much particle collision data is being generated and processed by these experiments to help us better understand the universe.

Wormholes and Revelations: My Trip to CERN, the LHC, and the ATLAS Experiment

(June 20) Blog by Norman Chan about Tested's visit to CERN 13-14 March.

Tested at CERN: How The ATLAS Experiment Works

(June 21) Tested interviews engineers at the ATLAS experiment to learn about the construction of particle detectors, how they work, and why they need giant 200-ton magnets..

Other Highlights

How the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment Will Work

(August 25) "How Stuff Works" article explaining the DUNE experiment.

It's up to Congress to fix Trump's science mess

(Aug 23) "The Hill" article about science funding and immigration policy in the US. While talking about open door immigration policies, the article cites, "American high-energy physicists, for example, constitute the largest national cohort at the Large Hadron Collider, the international center for particle physics, in Geneva, Switzerland."

Groundbreaking observation Confirms an Important Prediction of Quantum Physics

(Aug 16) Gizmodo article about photon-photon scattering observed by the ATLAS experiment. Article features Peter Steinberg, physicist at Brookhaven National Lab.

Researchers may have devised a sensitive test for new particles

(Aug 15) Ars Technica article about the ATLAS photon scattering result and how these measurements could test for new physics.

At CERN, Hunting for Invisible Worlds

(Aug 16) NPR article written by Marcelo Gleiser, a theoretical physicist and writer, during his month-long visit to CERN. Article gives an overview of the experiments.

CERN memories: And then there was the time the weasel took down the ion collider...

(Aug 3) William and Mary news story about students who worked at CERN on protoDUNE during the summer.

The race to reveal antimatter's secrets

(Aug 2) Nature news article about CERN's AD Hall and the various experiments that are measuring the properties of antimatter there.

The 7 Biggest Unanswered Questions in Physics

(Aug 8) NBC News article about big question in physics, featuring Don Lincoln from Fermilab. Article discusses DUNE and LHC research.

When physics and family collide

(Aug 10) Nature blog about the new play "Mosquitos," which is currently being performed at the National Theater in London. The plot is set around the time of the LHC start-up and the main character is a physicist with family drama.

How research gets done in the Summer

(Aug 8) Huffington Post blog about summer LHC research and student involvement, written by Kansas University professor Alice Bean.

17 of the Biggest Machines in the World

(Aug 12) "Interesting Engineering" article about the largest machines in the world, listing the LHC at number 1.

Particle hunter

(July 21) MIT News profile of prof Markus Klute, who works on the CMS experiment.

How the Large Hadron Collider Almost Didn't Work

(July 5) Wired article featuring several personnel from CERN's beams department discussing the 2008 incident and subsequent repairs to the LHC.

Physicists find never-before-seen subatomic particle

(July 6) CBS news article about the discovery of the Xi cc particle by the LHCb experiment. Also covered by News Week, Scientific American, Live Science and several other outlets.