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Art And Science: Students At Work

By Tommaso Dorigo

The project “Art and Science: the colours of the Higgs boson” is in full swing in Venice, where 15 to 17-year-old students from three schools (the Liceo Stefanini, the Liceo Foscarini and the Liceo Benedetti) are producing artwork inspired by the CMS experiment and the Higgs boson. In this blog we already reported of conferences held at the schools by the Ph.D. students of the AMVA4NewPhysics network in January.  Now it is time for the students to build on the inspiration provided by those lectures and by the images of particle collisions, detector pieces, and Feynman diagrams.

Today I visited the students who participate to the project at Liceo Foscarini, and gave some hints and suggestions to the students on how to Continue reading “Art And Science: Students At Work”

My First Time at CMS

by Alessia Saggio

Every year, my university organizes a trip to CERN for Bachelor’s students only, to give them the chance to get acquainted with the world of Particle Physics before starting the Master. This year I was one of the three PhD students who accompanied them, and I thought it would be nice to share my feelings here with you since it was a really nice experience.

In fact, it was my fourth time at CERN, but despite that I had never had the chance to visit the CMS detector, the experiment Continue reading “My First Time at CMS”

Another Lecture To Attentive Students at Liceo Foscarini

by Tommaso Dorigo

This afternoon I gave another lesson on particle physics and the discovery of the Higgs boson to a score of selected students of Liceo Foscarini who decided to participate to the project “Arte e Scienza” (which I described in a former post). While exactly two months ago we have an attendance of almost 200 students to the lecture I gave with Cecilia Tosciri and the other ESRs, today the audience consisted only in those 20 students who decided to take on the challenge of producing artwork inspired by particle physics. And they proved very interested in the matter!

Indeed, lecturing high schoolers on particle physics is a bit of a gamble every Continue reading “Another Lecture To Attentive Students at Liceo Foscarini”

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”

Decision Trees, Explained to Kids

by Tommaso Dorigo

Decision trees are one of the many players in the booming field of supervised machine learning. They can be used to classify elements into two or more classes, depending on their characteristics. Their interest in particle physics applications is large, as we always need to try and decide on a statistical basis what kind of physics process originated the particle collision we see in Continue reading “Decision Trees, Explained to Kids”

At school again – outreach event in Venice

by Alessia Saggio

I am back again in Lausanne for my third secondment foreseen by the AMVA4NewPhysics network after one week spent in Italy to attend a Soft-Skill workshop (Giles and Fabricio already talked about it in the last posts on this blog) and to give a conference to some high school students about the Higgs boson discovery at CERN.

As pointed out by Tommaso in this post, this year some students are involved in a very interesting project that aims at combining together art and Continue reading “At school again – outreach event in Venice”

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”

AMVA4NewPhysics: Where We Are

by Tommaso Dorigo

The AMVA4NewPhysics network has reached month 17, and its third solar year in existence. It is time, I think, to make a short summary of what has been going on until now, before we concentrate our attention on what lies ahead.

Overall, if we look at the plan as its authors designed it in the fall of 2014, we see an impressive level of agreement. This is by no means a trivial statement! Writing a successful ITN project involves making a number Continue reading “AMVA4NewPhysics: Where We Are”

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