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UA Physicist to Deliver Blitzer Award Lecture: The Higgs Boson and Beyond

UA Physicist to Deliver Blitzer Award Lecture:  The Higgs Boson and Beyond

Ken Johns is the recipient of this year's Professor Leon and Pauline Blitzer Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Physics and Related Sciences.  He will give a public lecture on "The Higgs Boson and Beyond" on Tuesday, March 11 at 4 p.m. in Room N210 of the UA Steward Observatory at 933 N. Cherry Ave.  Johns is a member of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

A decades-long international effort to find the Higgs boson resulted in its discovery in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN.  The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs for their theoretical proposal of this fundamental particle in the 1960s.

Johns’ Blitzer Award public talk will explain the role the Higgs boson plays in particle physics and the enormous endeavor made to discover it.  Questions such as what is the importance of the Higgs boson in our everyday lives and what new discoveries from the LHC might lay ahead will be addressed.


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