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From Stars To Particles

by Ioanna Papavergou

Hi there! As this is my first post at the blog let me introduce myself. My name is Ioanna Papavergou and I am the new ESR of the AMVA4NewPhysics selected for the position at IASA in Athens. I was born and raised in Kavala, a small city by the sea located in the northern part of Greece.

Physics was my passion since high school and so there was no other option to me than studying Physics during my undergrad studies, getting my Bachelor degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During the Continue reading “From Stars To Particles”

On the origins of “hysteresis”

by Fabricio Jimenez

A few years ago, back when I was a Summer Student at CERN, me and other physics students had some debate on the origins of the word “hysteresis.” We were just coming back from CinéTransat – an open-air cinema at La Perle du Lac park in Geneva, and having a random chat until Sabina jokingly accused Josefa of being hysteric, for a reason I can’t remember right now. From there, they started a discussion on how the word “hysteric” was related to “uterus” (at some point in the past, hysteria was defined as a psychological disorder related to the organ), and to “hysterectomy” (the removal Continue reading “On the origins of “hysteresis””

Tales of a nomadic researcher

by Pablo de Castro

This is a short essay about the perks and quirks of living away and travelling as part of the job description, which is part of the deal when you join a Maria Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) as AMVA4NewPhysics and might apply for the most part to other research positions. The points made here are based on my own personal experiences and discussions with people in analogous situations. I am eager to hear your thoughts regarding this matter in the comment section!

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Female Scientists On Woman’s Day

by AMVA4NewPhysics Press Office

Today is March 8th – the day internationally devoted to women. And we in AMVA4NewPhysics are sensitive to the subject of raising awareness in the themes of relevance to this day across the world. Discrimination of people based on sex is just as bad as it is any other form of discrimination (based on creed, race, and other categorizations). And we know that women in practically all countries of the world suffer from discrimination that causes them to receive lower wages for the same job, to have fewer chances of career advancement, to have fewer job opportunities, to Continue reading “Female Scientists On Woman’s Day”

Language and communication

by Giles Strong

An Englishman, two Italians, a Spaniard, a German, a Pole, and a Venezuelan walk into to a bar; the barman looks over and exclaims “What is this, some kind of European research-network?”

I’d been drafting a similar post to this a few months ago, but without a central point, it felt a bit flat and I never published it. But with seven of the ESRs from our network gathered in one place for a workshop in communication skills, I might finally Continue reading “Language and communication”

A Slow-Motion Particle Collision

by Tommaso Dorigo

Lubos Motl published the other day in his crazily active blog a very nice new review of “Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab“. The review is authored by Tristan du Pree, a colleague of mine who has worked in CMS until very recently – now he moved to a new job and changed to ATLAS! (BTW  thanks Lubos, and thanks Tristan!)

I liked a lot Tristan’s commentary of my work, and since he mentions with quite appreciative terms the slow-motion description of a peculiar collision I offer in my book, I figured I’d paste that below. But before I do that, let Continue reading “A Slow-Motion Particle Collision”

How to win in Catan

by Grzegorz Kotkowski

During the Christmas and New Year’s vacation I got introduced to Catan board game (Settlers of Catan). It is a popular (classic) game – far more complex and entertaining than simple dices-throwers like for example “Monopoly”. I would like to share with you my opinion and strategies about it.

First of all as a statistician and a person who likes to win I always try to play the optimal strategy. Some people would call me a soulless Continue reading “How to win in Catan”

The Three Cubes Problem

by Tommaso Dorigo

Two days ago, before returning from Israel, my fiancee Kalliopi and I had a very nice dinner in a kosher restaurant near Rehovot in the company of Eilam Gross, Zohar Komargodski, and Zohar’s wife Olga.

The name of Eilam should be familiar to LHC enthusiasts, as he was the Higgs convener of the ATLAS collaboration when the particle was discovered. As for Zohar, he is a brilliant theorist working in applications of quantum field theory. He is young but already won several awards, among them the prestigious New Horizons in Physics Continue reading “The Three Cubes Problem”

About the 3rd AMVA4NP workshop (and happy new year)

by Alessia Saggio

Hi everyone – I just got back from the 3rd AMVA4NewPhysics workshop that took place in Oxford on December 19th and 20th. I am heading back home for holidays now, but before wishing you a merry Christmas I would just like to share with you some feelings and impressions that I had about this workshop.

First of all, it was really nice for me to be back in Oxford after five months. If you followed the blog, you may know that I spent all July there to work on my first secondment and that I had a really great time. The city felt like Continue reading “About the 3rd AMVA4NP workshop (and happy new year)”

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